How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in Your Vegetable Garden

Today we are going to discuss How to get Rid of Mushrooms in Your Vegetable Garden! Why you ask?

wild mushroom growing amongst the weeds

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Picture this: You’ve spent all winter mapping out your garden. You have nurtured tiny little seeds into robust seedlings ready to take on your garden beds.

You neatly plant your rows of tiny plants with hopes of a bountiful harvest come fall. But one day as you are weeding those lovely rows, you spy fungi. No, your husband hasn’t joined you in the garden. It’s mushrooms!

So the question is, how do you get rid of the mushrooms that pop up throughout your garden? Want the quick answer? You don’t. That’s right, you don’t get rid of them.

Now wait, before you click away while mumbling “Thanks a lot Christen, that was less than helpful” I’m going to give you all the details on why you should be happy about your garden fungus and what it means in terms of soil health.

wide view of garden area with two raised beds

Why Are There Mushrooms Growing in My Vegetable Garden?

If you have mushrooms growing in your vegetable garden, it could be the good news of a healthy soil ecosystem.

The benefits of mushrooms is that they are decomposers. They break down organic matter, such as dead leaves, wood chips and plant material, into nutrients that other plants can absorb

However, some types of poisonous mushrooms can also be toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

It is important to identify the type of fungi growing in your garden and take appropriate action if necessary.

The best way to do this is to find a reputable source, whether that is a website or book, for mushroom identification.

Additionally, wild mushrooms can indicate overwatering or poorly drained soil, so it’s important to adjust your watering practices and improve drainage if necessary.

Soil Health and Mushrooms

The sudden appearance of mushrooms in your garden can be an indicator of soil quality.

Mushrooms thrive in humid conditions in rich, organic soil that has a good balance of nutrients.

The presence of mushrooms can be a sign of healthy soil. Soil that is able to support a diverse ecosystem of fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms.

However, it is important to note that certain types of mushrooms can also indicate soil contamination or other issues, so it is always best to consult with a gardening expert if you have concerns.

Overall, paying attention to the presence of mushrooms in your garden can help you better understand the health of your soil and make informed decisions about how to care for your plants.

composted soil with vegetable scraps in the background

Does Compost Encourage Mushroom Growth?

Composting is a process of creating nutrient-rich soil by decomposing organic material such as food waste, leaves, and grass clippings.

While composting does promote the growth of other microorganisms like bacteria and some types of fungi, it does not necessarily encourage the growth of mushrooms.

Some types of mushrooms can grow in compost, but only under certain conditions such as the presence of the mushroom spores of that particular species.

Therefore, composting may indirectly encourage mushroom growth if the spores are already present in the material being composted.

However, it is not a guarantee that mushroom growth will occur in all composting conditions.

what stuff to compost? list of brown material and green material to include in your compost

Should I Remove Mushrooms From My Vegetable Garden?

If you are growing vegetables in your garden, you may be wondering whether mushrooms are harmful or beneficial to your plants.

Although mushrooms do not harm vegetable plants, they can compete with them for nutrients and water in the soil.

In addition, some types of mushrooms can be toxic if ingested, so it is important to be cautious if you have children or pets who may accidentally consume them.

If you are concerned about mushrooms in your vegetable garden, it may be best to remove them or take steps to control their growth.

square foot garden in raised garden bed

How Do I Get Rid of Mushrooms in My Garden Naturally?

If you’re growing tired of the sight of mushrooms in your garden, there are several natural ways to get rid of them. 

Rid Your Garden of Existing Mushrooms

One effective way is to simply remove the mushrooms as soon as you spot them, as this will prevent them from spreading their spores and growing more.

Start by removing all existing mushrooms. It’s a good idea to remove the entire mushroom growing in the immediate area of your garden soil or bedding, not any growing on wood or other surfaces. 

Wear gloves while doing this so as to not accidentally spread their spores and make the problem worse.

If you’re dealing with clumps of mushrooms, hand-picking is likely the easiest way to remove them.

For larger patches you can use a shovel or rake to dig them out.

For a more aggressive approach, you could also try applying a white vinegar and water solution or a baking soda and water solution directly to the mushroom caps, using a spray bottle. 

However, it’s important to note that these solutions may also affect other plants in your garden, so use them carefully and sparingly.

Keep Your Soil Light and Dry

Additionally, you can try spreading a layer of organic mulch over the soil surface, as this will help regulate moisture levels and create an environment that is less hospitable to mushrooms.

Mushrooms need damp, dark places in order to grow. Poor drainage can be a big factor, so it’s important to keep your soil dry and well aerated in order to make it less hospitable for mushrooms. This is especially important to consider in humid weather.

Make sure that your soil is light enough for water to seep through quickly; clay soils won’t drain properly and will remain damp for too long which is perfect for little mushrooms to sprout up.

Additionally, make sure that you’re avoiding overwatering during rainy seasons when extra moisture may lead to fungus growth.

Replant Only Pathogen-free Plants

In order for mushrooms not to thrive in your garden, it is important that any new plants you add should be free from pathogens.

Bacteria or fungal spores could cause disease or mushroom growth in the rest of your garden’s vegetation once introduced.

If possible buy disease-free plants from reputable sources; if purchasing secondhand plants make sure you inspect them for signs of fungal infestations before putting them in the soil.

This will help reduce the likelihood of future mushroom outbreaks in your vegetable garden!

Identifying the Type of Mushrooms in Your Garden

There are many species of mushrooms that can be found around the world and understanding what type you have in your garden is important for safe vegetable gardening.

Identification of mushrooms can often be a tricky business, as certain features may not always be easy to discern.

However, with a little bit of knowledge and practice, it’s possible to successfully identify various types of mushrooms in your garden.

Observe the Spore Print

A spore print is an imprint taken from the reproductive structures of fungi on paper which can help determine what type of mushroom you are dealing with.

Different species of mushrooms will produce different color prints.

Gather Specimens

When attempting to identify a particular mushroom in your garden, it’s best to collect several specimens from different stages of growth in order to get an accurate description (e.g., shape, size, color).

Depending on the mushroom species, some may even change color over time or with physical contact.

Compare Physical Traits

Comparing physical traits such as cap or stem shape and markings is one way of identifying a specific mushroom species.

Study Mushroom Anatomy

Going beyond just observing physical traits but also analyzing further details such as gills or pores helps narrow down the possibilities when seeking identification confirmation.

Additionally, paying attention to any microscopic features like specialized cells or structures that may provide clues on genus or family level identification.

Research Similar Species In Your Area

Knowing local plant associations that occur alongside related mushroom species can also aid identification efforts since similar species may grow together under certain conditions in the same area.

Additionally, checking online databases with photos of similar species is also helpful when looking for matches before concluding on an ID confirmation.


Get help getting rid of mushrooms in your vegetable garden with this simple guide. Follow these steps to eliminate pesky mushrooms and protect your veggies!

1. Pull up any visible mushrooms from the soil.

2. Remove all of the old mulch and discard it away from the garden.

3. Run a rake over the area to aerate and loosen the top layers of soil and remove any remaining mushroom material.

4. Spread a 3-inch layer of lime across the surface of the garden, following package directions for amounts to apply per sq yard/meter.

5. Prep and seed or transplant vegetables as desired within 2-3 weeks after application of lime, allowing time for it to alter pH levels in soil first.

6. Add 2 inches of new mulch on top of prepared vegetable bedding once vegetables are seeded or planted in place; re-apply mulch at least once each year before winter season starts or when necessary due to decomposition etc.

What Prevents Mushrooms From Growing?

Mushrooms are highly dependent on the environment in which they grow.

Factors like temperature, humidity, light, and substrate composition can all affect the growth of these fungi.

Some common factors that may prevent mushrooms from growing include insufficient moisture, poor air circulation or ventilation, inadequate nutrients in the substrate, and the presence of contaminants or mold.

Additionally, certain species of mushrooms require very specific growing conditions, and may not thrive in suboptimal environments.

Overall, creating the ideal growing conditions for mushrooms can require careful consideration and attention to detail.


1. Limit Moisture & Shade

The key to mitigating the growth of mushrooms is reducing moisture and shade levels in the vegetable garden’s soil. While the former is best controlled by mulching or watering irregularly during dry periods, you should also avoid planting trees or shrubs near your vegetables as they could reduce bright sunlight availability and encourage fungal growth.

2. Keep Weeds Away

Weeds provide shelter for mushroom spores to take root in the soil, so it’s important to keep weeds cleared away from the area if you want to keep them from coming back. Make sure you get rid of all weeds regularly using manual removal methods or organic herbicides specifically rated for vegetable gardens.

3. Stay Away From Manure & Inoculants

Some people believe that adding manure or inoculants to your soil will help create an aerated and well-drained environment for mushrooms, but nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, these additives are typically more beneficial for fungi than most types of vegetation and should therefore be avoided when looking to ward off mushrooms from a vegetable garden.

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