When people see mushrooms in the garden, they worry. No need. Mushrooms are very beneficial in breaking down mulch or added compost so that it’s more accessible to plants roots. They’re also extremely helpful in rejuvenating toxic soil, for instance in cleaning up oil spills (hello, BP, you listening?). Paul Stamets’ book, Mycellium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World, and article provide much information on this topic. Mushrooms mean your soil is alive, healthy, and thriving! One word of caution, please don’t eat any without proper identification, as they may be toxic to humans and pets.