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Why are mushroom appearing in my garden?

They're a perfectly natural part of nature's disposal/decomposition system - they break down dead wood. If they didn't, that dead wood would take forever to decompose, so if you have woody roots or ...
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Mushrooms grow in potting soil

Nothing to worry about and you can't stop the mushroom/s from growing, though you can just remove it yourself. Mushrooms are just the fruiting bodies of mycelium present in the soil - you may find ...
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Is this mushroom going to make my black radish taste weird or be poisonous?

No, it's not going to make your radishes inedible, toxic or taste funny. I agree they look like Coprinus of some variety, and Coprinus are edible, though I wouldn't recommend eating them without a ...
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What is this mushroom?

It's one of the stinkhorns, and yes it does look like a phallus. Surprised you haven't mentioned the stench yet, but you may notice it shortly, especially if more arrive. Its Latin name is Mutinus ...
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Mushrooms grow in potting soil

The mushroom itself is almost certainly not an issue (other than possibly aesthetically). Almost all species of mushroom are saprotrophic, which means they feed on decaying organic matter (and are a ...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

Those are fine-looking mushrooms! The key for mushrooms "like from the store" (in Germany) is to harvest when they are not yet fully mature. This means that the velum, the thin skin at the underside ...
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Mushrooms instead of tomatoes

Too much water, most likely, for one thing, could be combined with poor drainage depending on the details of the pot and soil mix. Probably some other things [planting depth?] to not get any tomato ...
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Why are mushroom appearing in my garden?

Yes. Probably it is some Armillaria, but maybe other species. Fungi likes dead wood (and dead roots) as nutrient to grow. Fungi cannot produce own food (evolutionary, they are more related to animals ...
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Is it good or bad to have mushrooms growing in the soil of my fruit tree?

While I don't know anything about those particular mushrooms, I'm confident that they're not a problem. In fact, they might be a sign of beneficial microbes (maybe not). However, your soil looks ...
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What is this mushroom?

Yes, Bamboo, I agree. Here are a couple pictures of the "elegant stinkhorn", Mutinus elegans: from Wikipedia, and from http://www.mushroomexpert.com/mutinus_elegans.html Amazing isn't it?
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Is it safe to put mushroom plugs in living trees?

Please forget that idea immediately. (Unless you want to slowly kill your trees, have them become unstable, brittle and generally dangerous, of course.) There are two types of mushrooms that grow on ...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

How do I know when to harvest a champignon? You can harvest it once it has formed a cap. When small it's called a button mushroom, and at its largest size it's called a portobello mushroom. If the ...
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Mushrooms instead of tomatoes

I'd like to know the source of the soil in your pot - the likeliest explanation is that the tomato seeds did not germinate at all, but there was mycelium in the soil, and that's what's grown. Mycelium ...
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Are these mushrooms poisonous and how can I get rid of them?

It's a member of the order Agaricales. Which contains many edible mushrooms such as the white mushrooms you buy in the store as well as very poisonous mushrooms such as the European destroying angel. ...
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How can I automatically water my mushrooms?

The easiest answer is to buy a mister like for dart from and set it on a timer. You'd simply keep the reservoir filled and set the timer to come on multiple times a day to keep whatever consistency of ...
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Are these mushrooms poisonous and how can I get rid of them?

Not sure which varieties of mushroom they are, but even if they are poisonous, that's only the case if you decide to throw them in a casserole or fry 'em up for breakast, so just don't eat them. The ...
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Is Plant Still Safe to Eat If Mysterious Mushroom Grew in the Same Planter?

It's Parasola plicatilis, previously known as Coprinus, common name pleated inkcap. These are delicate mushrooms with a short lifespan of 24-72 hours - nothing much to worry about, they are saprobic, ...
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Is it good or bad to have mushrooms growing in the soil of my fruit tree?

I know you've accepted the answer already, but I'll add this extra information anyway. They look like Coprinus of some variety, and they're not a problem at all. If you want to reduce their spread, ...
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What kind of mushroom is this and should I get rid of it?

This looks like typical wooden-linked mushroom. They come here to feed on the wood you put to feed your earth and this is a good thing: It shows that life is working around your plants in your garden. ...
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How competitive is the oyster mycelium mushroom?

Oyster mushroom mycelium will definitely NOT out-compete green mold in anything but the most nitrogen poor substrates. Even then, it is usually just a race to get the mycelium to the point of fruiting ...
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What is this fungi/ mushroom we found on our walk?

It is almost certainly some species of inkcap. Beware - there are two edible (and tasty) species, but about two dozen poisonous ones! I think this is one of the poisonous ones: the "magpie fungus" ...
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approximately how much compost does a foot of wood chips compost down to?

I would say the amount of "compost" you will get is precisely zero. Saprophytes such as Stropharia Rugosoannulata feed by breaking dead organic matter down into simple chemical compounds ...
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Fungi by a passiflora plant - identification

You are right when you say you are wrong. This is nothing like Pelianthina. This is clearly a close member of the Coprinus Genus. The hard part is those guys are dozens of sorts (and the genus got ...
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Mushrooms instead of tomatoes

It seems there are two questions here: Why mushrooms? That is covered by other answers. Why not tomatoes? Where did you get the seeds? If you bought the seeds and followed the instructions on the ...
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What are these tiny animals on my oyster mushrooms?

Judging from the new picture, they are springtails. Check this here, they look very a like. Springtails are not insects, however they have six legs (Hexapoda), so they are related. In an evolutionary ...
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Will oyster mushrooms eat cooking oil?

Vegetable oils are basically triglycerides which are chains of organic compounds with hydroxyl groups. The use of vegetable oil cakes has been examined in the cultivation of oyster mushrooms. ...
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How well do mushrooms grow on peat?

Poorly, while peat would be adequate as a “casing” (a top level of light soil that holds in moisture yet has so little nutrient value) that being said without destroying the natural bog by pulling up ...
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Could one grow mushrooms on processed food waste?

The link you provide shows that the manufacturer recommends the final product as a soil amendment, not as actual soil, so they have the same concerns about unusually high levels of acidity or specific ...
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Can You Grow Mushrooms & Truffles Using Aeroponics and is there a way to store their "seeds"?

(Disclaimer: I am not a mycologist & am not an expert in mushroom cultivation, just a hobbyist) With that disclaimer out of the way, I've never come across anything about growing mushrooms ...
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Is Plant Still Safe to Eat If Mysterious Mushroom Grew in the Same Planter?

Could be a Mycena, Amanita, maybe others, I'm not an expert so I'd need to have a closer examination and a spore deposit to give you a real ID on the mushrooms. The mycelium is in the mix digesting ...
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