I am sowing seeds in 3.5 inch square plastic flower pots using Greenall
Organic Potting Soil. I place the pots in 1020 treys with clear plastic
domes and keep them near a window at a constant seventy degree
Most of my pots are growing volunteer mushroom fruiting bodies in the
time it takes for the seeds to germinate (about five days).
I discussed this situation with experienced gardening neighbors and
friends. They had never heard of such a thing. My nursery man had not
seen this either, but offered to exchange or refund the soil.
My quandary is this: I am planting in container boxes and I don't relish
the thought of live mycelium competing with my plants for territory. I
will discard these 48 plants to get a clean start on the growing medium,
but to do so will put me three weeks behind schedule.
My question is this: Is there a possibility the mushroom contamination
of the potting soil will also be contaminated with other negative
factors as weed seeds, bad bugs, mold, etc. I will not plant these guys
if there is any possibility of a problem from it.
I am really saddened at this situation because the plants are vigorous
and happy to be here working for me. But the garden project is a serious
affair for me and that takes precedent.
I have thought to give them to other people to plant in the ground, but
I don't wish to gift that which I will not use.
If anyone has advice or suggestions for me to consider I would sincerely
appreciate hearing from you.
Central California twelve miles from the ocean
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Mushrooms with fruiting bodies and your plants look healthy? I wouldn't
worry about it. Your problem would be mold or mildew, something that
grew on what you planted. The mushrooms aren't competing with the
plants, they live on dead organic material. They may actually be making
more of the organic material in the soil available to your plants.
Mushrooms are a good sign of a rich soil mix. It probably had a fair amont of
mushroom compost in the soil mix. Nothing to worry about. The mushroom
mycellium is just breaking dead wood down into something your plants can use.
I would not take your nursery mans advice about anything if that is his level
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