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WTFungus?

Last week, had several clusters of mushrooms in my garden. This usually means I'm overwatering, but I don't think I am--mint takes a fair bit of water. These were cute little thing, with caps that resembled half-lemons.

Then, the slime mold. I don't like the slime mold so much. It looks like a pukey orange-white smear--I thought at first some massively incontinent bird relieved himself in my basil, but no, it started expanding. Which was strange. It may not be a slime mold, actually, I couldn't say for sure--yesterday I watered it, and it exploded in a rich cloud of purple-burgeondy dust and spores, looking exactly like a smoke bomb going off.

And now there's ANOTHER one, even bigger, growing in my mint and lemon verbena on the other side of the lawn, and I'm having a rash of lemon-colored mushrooms.

Unfortunatley, it's dry and warm enough that I need to start watering every three days or so, but that's apparently enough to promote fungus. Wheee.

[Edit: Whines has pointed out the place where it apparently crawled across my peppermint, leaving little threadlike trails behind. Yep, slime mold.]

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traceroo
May. 4th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Watering sticks
This sounds like a job for those self-water bulbs that you fill and turn upside-down in the plants. That might get more water to the roots and avoid over-watering the soil with this craziness.

Do you own a drill? You can make your own watering bulbs really easily out of plastic soda containers, 20-ounce, 1-litre, 2-litre as needed. Just cut the plastic jar bottom off, use that as your reservoir. Drill tiny holes in the cap for the water to flow through. Screw on the cap, deposit in the soil, voila!

Traceroo
lhexa
Jun. 1st, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Then, the slime mold.

More journal entries should include that sentence.
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