Why Do Mushrooms Grow in My Mulch?
Mushroom spores are notorious air-borne colonizers of organic materials, such as wood chips, leaf mulch, pine needles and straw. To minimize the likelihood of your garden sprouting unwanted fungi, buy only newly-chipped wood or freshly-baled hay. Mushroom growers seeking to limit alien mushroom colonies report success with treating certain organic materials with hydrogen peroxide.
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About this Author
Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.