RE: An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance
- Subject: RE: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance
- From: "Brown, Jonathan, Ph.D." Jonathan.Brown@kpchr.org
- Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 10:48:19 -0800
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- Thread-topic: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance
Mushrooms don't "spread" like weeds or viruses--they are not an infection! And they do not compete with regular garden plants for nutrients--in fact, they create nutrients by decomposing organic matter and, in the case of trees, they provide enzymes to digest nutrients into a form that can be taken up by tree roots. Certain mushrooms and certain trees have essentially evolved together.
As another email said, buried wood could be the source. Equally likely, in an active garden, would be wood chips spread on paths or arriving in the form of manure (which, where I live anyway, is usually primarily sawdust, anyway). A third possibility is a mushroom coexisting with the roots of a tree. Many mushroom can simply grow in grass or soil. Some grow on dung. Some even grow on other mushrooms!
This time of year, especially, I would treat the mushrooms as a nice gift. They won't harm the bulbs, if anything, they will help them build up nutrients after flower next summer. They probably won't reappear until next fall, if they reappear at all.
Beach Community Garden
PS. The mushrooms that appear above ground are the fruiting body of the mushroom, itself, which lives below growund as a web of tissue called the mycellium.
From: Adam36055@aol.com [mailto:Adam36055@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 10:46 PM
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Subject: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms &
Go figure - I like to deal with potential problems before they become
problems. And while I can posit suggestions, there ARE wiser heads than mine. And I
figure if I cast this problem on the waters, so to speak, we might come up
with a solution and perhaps some action.
So here goes....
Among our garden community is a Mr. Aaron Fears, who was the first African
American cameraman hired by CBS during the 1960's , and because he worked "twice
as hard and was twice as good," like most African American firsts, he really
screwed up his back hauling video cameras for close to 30 years. Watching
Aaron walk is painful to see, but as an "African American First",who trailblazed
a path for thousands of African American television techinical professionals
his painful back is a badge of honor. He's our neighborhood's unsung Rosa
I mention this, because I really love this man, who has been a great
personal friend, garden colleague colleague, longtime Parks volunteer at Hell's
Kitchen park around the corner, who, with his wife Elka have really helped make
West 48th/47th Street a great place to live.
So Aaron comes into the garden this afternoon with an interesting problem.
He says, " I need a horticultural expert," to which I said," there ain't one
here now, but I know some." Aaron shows me a bag of toadstools/mushrooms. And
a photo of how they presented in his back yard. I look at the
toadstools/mushrooms and scratch my head - hence my reaching out to you. I figure someone out
there has had to deal with toadstools/mushrooms that have appeared from
To explain, Aaron has a plot with his wife in the Clinton Community Garden's
back garden, and additionally has a back yard garden behind his home that
abuts a shared hurricane fence with the Clinton Community Garden.
On the other side of this hurricaine face is a garden plot that is gardened
by a mother and a 10 year old boy. Aaron was trying to plant tulips in his
back yard garden and dug up about two dozen white toadstools/mushrooms on his
side of the hurricaine fence. Knowing that they could be trouble and might invade
the garden, especially the plot with a mother and child, Aaron's looking for
And if the toadstools/mushrooms became invasive, the garden and Parks could
have an issue involving insurance exposure as in, "Gee Mom, we don't need to
buy those Campbell's mushrooms for our spaghetti sauce as we have them growing
in our plot," other more complacent types down or across town might not see
this as so.
Thinking bureaucratically, Parks and Greenthumb might rightly say, and
there's some logic in this, "lookit, our job is not to deal with private back
gardens and we don't want to set a precedent," So I suggested to Aaron he reach
out to the Horticultural Society of New York where he's been paying dues for a
good while. I gave Arron Kate Chura's name ( who should have a warm spot in
her heart for a community gardener, being an ACGA board member) as a likely
So head's up, Kate! :)
Aaron will be contacting Kate, but if anyone else out there has any ideas on
how Aaron Fears can best deal with a toadstool/mushroom problem that could
very easily spread to a community garden plot worked by a ten year old kid and
his mother, please forward them to this listserve.
Aaron is one of our local heroes and I'd like to get some good answers and
assistance to him ASAP, please.
Thanking you in advance for your advice/assistance.
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