Category Archives: Mushrooms

Remember Three Dog Night? The band I mean …

That superb band that I will never forget … and this morning I heard them on the radio.  Oh yes, with their masterpiece “Black and White”.

That song has been just hovering in my brain, non-stop for hours, even as I began clearing some weeds, preparing for the seeding of some Fall crops.
It’s been storming here last week so the soil is nice and wet. Then I find ~ on the same vegetable bed ~ 2 sets of mushrooms.

Black

Black

White

White

Is it coincidence or nature’s show of synchronicity?
I wouldn’t dare eat either though. 😛

 

 

My new project with Mycelium

Mycelium sounds very biological, doesn’t it? Like something present in a laboratory.  Actually it’s fungi in the eco system, present all over.  In layman’s language, I’m beginning another adventure trying to grow my own mushrooms ~ Shiitake for a start.  (My 1st attempt last year with Portabello did not work, so might as well try another said to be simpler to cultivate.)

To neaten our oak trees this year, we got the neighborhood arborist to do a professional job and saved some of the mini-logs and branches. I scouted the internet again and bought some mushroom spawn plugs  … then this past weekend, the drilling, stuffing and waxing was carried out with no hitches.

5/16th inch holes properly drilled

5/16th inch holes properly drilled

Each plug gently tapped in.

Each plug gently tapped in.

Sealed with bees wax from our hive

Sealed with bees wax from our hive

Neatly stuffed and sealed.

Neatly stuffed and sealed.

All placed vertically leaning on our shaded oak well.

All placed vertically leaning on our shaded oak well.

Now, the waiting begins.  Fingers crossed.