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.
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