Mushrooms in your own garden

Mushrooms in your own garden

Preserve or eliminate fungi

Many of the mushrooms growing in the garden are unsuitable for human consumption. However, they can also represent a visual enrichment in an otherwise often monotonous green garden. Caution is advised if small children or dogs are playing in your yard. If the mushrooms in the garden cannot then be clearly identified as non-toxic, it is better to remove them as a precaution.

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Reasons for fungal growth in the garden

There can be various reasons for mushroom growth to appear suddenly in the garden. Often, mushrooms even appear in flower boxes (13.18 € at Amazon *) if commercial potting soil was used for planting. This often contains small pieces of wood on which the fungus spores already contained develop into small fungi according to the symbiosis of the mycorrhizal fungi. This problem can be partially avoided if only soil from your own garden or humus from the composter is used for potted plants. In addition, waterlogging can also promote the growth of fungi in the garden.

Eliminate fungi in the lawn

Fungi that grow in the lawn do not damage the grass, but often disrupt the appearance of the turf. These occur particularly often after turf has been laid, as it is grown on compost humus that is enriched with small wood particles. The following measures can help contain a fungal infestation in the garden:

  • Regular mowing at a low height
  • Removal of waterlogging through the introduction of sand
  • Vigorous but less frequent watering
  • Light calcium application on the affected areas
  • Scarifying the lawn

When mowing, make sure that the mushrooms are not yet fully developed. Otherwise, mowing could spread the mushroom spores even more in the garden.

Consciously plant mushrooms in the garden

Growing mushrooms in your own garden for use as food is rather difficult, as not only the respective spores of the mushroom varieties, but also very specific environmental factors are required. As a cultivated mushroom, mushrooms can therefore not necessarily be grown in the garden, but can be grown in a cellar room or garden shed at the same temperature. With a little luck, however, the spores of leftover mushrooms can form natural mushroom cultures if they are composted in a sheltered place in your own garden.

Growing edible mushrooms on tree trunks

You may be able to grow certain types of edible mushrooms successfully in your own garden if you have a tree population with dead wood in a shady location. With spores from oyster and lemon oyster mushrooms, decomposing tree trunks can be specifically colonized in a protected location. As soon as the mushroom mycelium has grown through the tree trunk, the tasty fruiting bodies appear on the outside of the tree trunk.

Tips & Tricks

The basic rule also applies in your own garden that mushrooms should only be consumed as edible mushrooms if they are absolutely certain. Otherwise they do not necessarily have to be fought if there are no children or dogs playing in the garden. Enjoy mushrooms as a miracle of nature that is difficult to control.