I just discovered this mess under my birch tree. This one, about a foot across, was the largest of several piles. Now, I was already worried about keeping the base of the tree dry to keep the oak root fungus under control, but it’s rained a lot and I had to dump some of my, shall we say, ripe collected rainwater onto already rain-soaked ground. (Watch for “Downpour!” – Episode 5 of “Late Bloomer” coming soon!) A few days later, I’ve got yellow fungus, also called slime mold, from some gardening forums I just read. It’s very unpleasant and from a distance looks like scrambled eggs, but apparently it’s harmless and will dry up and become brown and hard. I’m sure this adds to the over-all biodiversity in my garden, so, why does my stomach feel a little queasy?