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LG_LG_ Posts: 4,111
The fungi appear to be having a fun time in my garden at the moment. Can anyone help me identify them, or tell me if you think they're a problem. My instinct is to let them get on with their lives, but should I?

1. These pop up in a bit of the lawn each year. No stalks to speak of. Explode and disappear. 

2. A different one in the lawn. Detached because I knocked it, which was how I spotted it.

3. This has come up a couple of times just inside my lean-to greenhouse. Absolutely stinks just before collapsing and disappearing. This is by far the biggest example yet. No smell at the moment.

4. This is a new one and seems to be attempting domination of my raised veg beds. There's loads of it.

Apologies for the slightly out of focus shots. Didn't have my glasses on, and now it's raining so I'm not inclined to go and take them again!
'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
- Cicero


  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    First one can’t really see well enough.  The second is a bolete...maybe birch or bay bolete but can’t be sure. The third could be one of the agaricus mushrooms.  And the last one could be the wonderfully named Jew’s ear, or witches butter or indeed a jelly tongue.  But most probably a dull peziza.  I wouldn’t eat any of them. 
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,111
    Thank you So much (sorry, didn't see until now that someone had responded).

    Looking at online images of peziza vs. Jew's Ear, I reckon its texture looks more like the latter. Not going to eat it! There is SO MUCH of it though - these raised beds have had a fair amount of bought-in manure and there's an enormous oak tree nearby which drops a lot of twigs - do you think that's why? No problem with it growing all around my veg?
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    The vast majority of fungi are beneficial and are just about the only things which can break down woody matter in the soil into forms which plants can take in as nutrients.  They won't infect your veg and will actually help them grow.  Good article here:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,845
    Could number one be a puff ball? Just a small one.
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Have you ever used spent mushroom compost? Some years ago we used a huge amount on the borders and for a couple of years had a significant crop of lovely mushrooms. (Mum and dad were farmers who were used to mushroom identification).
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,111
    I think the first one might be an earth ball?

    No, I've not used spent mushroom compost, but the raised beds are quite high so were originally filled with all kinds of stuff - cardboard, compost from my brother's garden (lots of guinea pig poo in that too), bought-in topsoil, kitchen scraps, bought-in manure etc. And a lot of twigs and leaves from next door's oak fall in too. I clear up the majority of those, but the soil is twiggier than I'd like. 

    Not sure whether to remove nos. 3 and 4 and put them on the compost heap, or just ignore them. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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