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Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:14

Verd, from what I've read HF spreads to new areas almost entirely by rhizomes rather than by spores (which would need to settle on dead wood) so as long as you only collected leaves and not twigs I suspect the risk would be very, very low.  But not zero.  Maybe erring on the side of caution is what a certain wise Cornishman is already doing?

It's awful to see all of those horrible effects of the storms down your way - my thoughts are with you and everyone else down there (I have friends in zumerrzet, too.)

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:52

That's really the best way, nut - live with nature rather than trying to outwit it! 

HF is entirely natural and probably breaks down more woody matter so that it can be recycled into the soil than anything else.  If it didn't exist we might not have any fertile soil!  It's annoying when it gets to a favourite plant/shrub, but it is an opportunity (and excuse to do some plant shopping!) to try something else less prone.

Chinese redbud trees

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:43

I have some young Cercis myself so am also interested in any advice.  I read that they shouldn't be fed with artificial fertilizers and that they don't really need pruning, so I'll treat them with 'controlled neglect' and see how it goes.

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:34

Obelixx is right, the sort of inks which used to contain toxins were banned decades ago - they were causing cancers in print workers.  I try and limit the amount of really glossy paper though as that is often coated with a type of clay (Kaolin, "China clay") and doesn't break down easily.  Besides, I have enough clay in my garden thanks!

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:26

I think they do get up a bit further when the wood is dead and rotting, nut.  I've tried to remove all of the dead stumps etc from my garden as the HF needs a lump of rotting wood in the ground as a 'home base' it seems.  Quite a job as my long raised border in the back garden was fronted with a 6" thick, 2' high wall of wood from the remains of a 70ft Ash which came down a few years ago and with which I got creative with a chainsaw.  When I was pulling the sections out, lots of them were 'veined' with HF bootlaces.

Now I've replaced all of that with treated decking boards, I'm hoping the HF will become less of a problem.  Really hoping! 

When I first cut the Ash up, I left about the bottom 10' of the trunk for a year and was rewarded by a massive growth of Silky Volvar (caps of 10"!) which were delicious, but not much of reward if my infestation of HF was the payment!

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:13

For anyone who is handy, an angle grinder fitted with a metal cutting disc means you can tailor a larger one to your exact needs.  Just throwing that in as an alternative.

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 14:40

I agree, if the fungus is actually growing on the pussy willow branches though, it isn't Honey Fungus but something else.  Honey Fungus mushrooms appear from the ground and can be right next to the affected tree/shrub or quite some distance away.  Given that you have other things dying, it's possible that there are several fungi involved and HF may be just one of them (but the most serious.)  If you can post photo's of the various growths it would really help but positive identification is extremely tricky in the best of cases!


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:26

I think you sowed them at what is usually the right time but the seasons were all late year which probably didn't help.  If the weather is normal (whatever that is - I've forgotten!) next spring, try again in early June, otherwise late June/early July.  Lot's of carrot fly advice here:

From my own experience I think there's a lot more carrot fly about these days than there used to be so best of luck!


Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:13

I'd suggest making a coldframe or getting a cheap min-greenhouse any way.  Most of the things you mention need sowing at different times, so you might have enough room on the windowsill to germinate each type before moving them into the frame.  The RHS seed sowing guide A-Z is below, but dates aren't fixed by any means and depend on the weather.  Better a bit late than too early as experience shows that plants stunted by a cold spell never do as well as those sown slightly later which grow-on unchecked.


GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:07

I've got Chicky's - a clue: it's between the sea and the land!  

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