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Strange white fungus in soil

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by ismene, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. ismene

    ismene Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    I've been digging over a bed that I was planning to use for growing vegetables. As I was preparing it I found that about a quarter of the bed has what looks like white fungus under the surface (see below).

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    It smells a bit musty and the ground seems a bit drier where the white substance is found. Also the plants on this side of the bed seemed a bit smaller than on the other side.

    I couldn't see any insects in the white fungus.

    Does anyone know what this could be? I am worried now that it is not safe to grow vegetables in this bed.

    Thank you for any advice.

    Jenny
     
  2. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I get this in my garden sometimes.
    Its fungal, but never found it to be a problem.

    My guess, and it's only a guess, is that it is a fungus that lives on dead wood as I've found it near decaying fence posts.
    Could even be mushrooms.:biggrin:
     
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