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Chris Holcombe
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So there was a lot of wind fallen branches that I gathered up into a pile and threw soil over them. Not quite as big as a hugel should be. I did that last fall. To my surprise this spring black morels started fruiting on the side of the pile! Anyone else accidentally created a nice mushroom crop from their hugel beds? It was very cool to discover!
 
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That's awesome! I've had lots on non-edible mushroom flushes, but the morels is really cool.
 
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I think it's because the hugel bed is near some espalier apples but I have no idea. It's just a guess
 
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Chris Holcombe wrote:So there was a lot of wind fallen branches that I gathered up into a pile and threw soil over them. Not quite as big as a hugel should be. I did that last fall. To my surprise this spring black morels started fruiting on the side of the pile! Anyone else accidentally created a nice mushroom crop from their hugel beds? It was very cool to discover!
No that hasn't happened yet, but something similar did. I was experimenting with narrow rows of sheet mulch, some with ramial wood chips, some with old spoiled hay, and some with grass clippings. One row I used ramial wood chips sported morels last 2 years in a row. Nothing spectacular. First year just 2 or 3 and last year less than a dozen on a 20 foot row. But was a tasty bonus.
 
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Hey Chris,
Great anecdote! Morels are notoriously tricky because their fruiting requirements are not quite clear. Some times they act as decomposers, at other times they are more mycorrhizal. They usually need a cold period and movement through a nutrient poor zone. But even then, stories such as your abound that lie outside the norm.

Peter
 
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Yeah I didn't know anything about morels before they showed up. I honestly have no idea what combination of things I did that helped them fruit. It's too many changes to narrow down. They very well could have been there for years before I moved in.
 
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