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Jelly Fungus

Last post 02-11-2008 3:27 PM by miranda. 6 replies.

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  • 02/11/2008 11:09 AM
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    We live in an area of relatively high rainfall and are on a deep clay subsoil so are used to lots of moss and periods of waterlogged soil. We now have large patches of what we think are Jelly Fungus (they start out as a black slime coating on a surface such as damp gravel, cobble stones etc. and develop into dark orange/brown wavy lumps).  They certainly look like photos we have found of various 'Witches Butter' type fungus but they are growing on soil not plants. Our concern is that they have now migrated (probably on the bottom of our wellies) to the vegetable garden and are developing on the soil around our Swiss Chard. Does anyone have any observations or advice on how to eradicate/control? Yes we know they are edible - no we don't want to harvest them!

  • 02/11/2008 11:32 AM
    • Phot's-Moll
    • The sunny South coast.
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     I didn't know they were edible. Can't say I blame you for not wanting to eat them though. Sorry, I don't know how to get rid of them.
  • 02/11/2008 02:25 PM
    • Digger
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    armillatox will shift them

    digger Devil Sage of the fells
  • 02/11/2008 02:32 PM
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    Great news! Thanks a lot, their days are numbered.

  • 02/11/2008 02:54 PM
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    you can read more about them here:

  • 02/11/2008 03:26 PM
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    Thanks for the link, really informative site. Great to have found so many knowledgeable people!

  • 02/11/2008 03:27 PM
    • miranda
    • Oxfordshire
    • 17 Nov 2004
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    I've eaten those - think they were called Old Men's Ears and they grow on old wood. We were served them as a desert in Taiwan and they were cooked in syrup. It was okay, but not the sort of thing I'd want often.