Many months ago, I chopped down a couple of palm tree branches and decided to try to recycle them in the garden. After allowing them to dry out for several weeks, I propped them atop some recycled metal stands and used them as a trellis for our marrow plants. They were nice and strong, and served their purpose beautifully. After the plants died out, the trellis became more of a bird perch, which I’ll post about later on. Since I now have a new set of marrow plants that are due to be planted out, I went to check on the trellis and found some interesting growths on one of the poles…
Since I’ve found mealybugs in other areas of the garden lately, my first concern was that this was another colony of them. However, this turned out to be some sort of mushroom or fungi at work on the wood.
Fungi are essential in the decomposition process, and seeing that the pole is organic matter, it stands to reason that they should grow there. However, since I’d like to keep using this particular pole as a plant support, I’ll scrape off the fungi for now and defer decomposition for a while – if I can. It really pleases me to have been able to re-use the palm tree in this manner.
Most people would say “Ewww!” but I think the way nature works is amazing. You find beauty in the most unexpected of places.