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Dave Dahlsrud
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I just noticed that there are some mushrooms popping up in my raised beds (hugel style with buried logs covered in dirt). I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is a good thing or not.

My hugelhoop is mainly for annuals so I don't know if the fungal growth will inhibit the veggies output.

I'll try to get a couple pics loaded a little later, but I wanted to get the question out there before I start my tomatoes and peppers in there. I just don't know if this is going to be a 0 roble or not. Thanks.
 
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This is exactly what you want. Fungi are breaking down your buried logs and when they finish what they can use, they send up mushrooms to release spores and complete the life cycle. You may get another flush of that particular species, but when they run out of "food" you won't see them again and another species will pop up. It may take several species to completely break down the biomass in the logs. And all that mass that the fungi are breaking down becomes nutrients to feed the bottom of the food chain.

If you are wondering what to do with those mushrooms, if you have enough and they are of a suitable species, you can serve them for dinner. But only if you are triple sure on the identification. If you aren't 300% sure, then use them to inoculate new piles of brush, logs, and wood chips; blend them up with some water and pour them liberally all over the stuff you want to rot.
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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So far I've spotted three different kinds of 'shrooms. I can't identify any of them though. I'll just take it as a good sign and get started planting. Thanks a ton.
 
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