September 2012 Mushrooms


Hope you are well. I’ve been quite busy since the last update 2 months ago. The left sidebar pages have been updated along with Slabtown and EBC Site #103: Stephens… stay tuned for a new web site launch.

I have decided against a fall planting so the one major planting will take place next spring. If we haven’t spoken already, please contact me if you or someone you know may be interested in exploring what nuts, fruits, and mushrooms would grow best for you and your land. A number of actions between now and planting are necessary to ensure a great design is done right the first time.


Thank you Gaia, for you have been very generous with the late rains. With the cooler nighttime temperatures and steadier rains resulting in replenishing soil moisture, I introduce the next ‘Plant’ of the Month-ish: lion’s mane mushroom (Hericeum erinaceus), having found one of these coral beauties last week. If you find a mushroom, do your part to give back to the primary decomposers by allowing your pickings to pro-create. Simply carry it in a mesh bag and merrily skip on fallen logs or give these fairy wands to the kids and tell them fairies will sprout from logs next year.

And for those not currently dying of cancer, please realize there are mushrooms which grow very slowly and its powerful effects will be of little benefit to you. Scarcity also help sensationalize any claims, so do consider the readily-available turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) as a very viable anti-cancer option.

Remember to cook your mushrooms shortly after harvesting. I like a bit of butter and garlic. Deb Mobbs tells me puffballs are great on the BBQ.

To my surprise, the most enthusiastic shiitake mushrooms have spontaneously fruited from the logs just 3 months after they were inoculated (they are expected to fruit next May). Premium log-grown shiitakes are much fuller in taste and texture than the rubbery ones at Blablaws. As studies have shown success in mycorestoration of contaminated sites, particularly those with heavy metals, oil spills, and nuclear waste, may I humbly suggest it is worthwhile knowing your mushroom farmer’s growing practices.

I am by no means a mushroom whiz but let me know if you are interested in going wild mushroom foraging. And don’t forget to bring a mesh bag, your children, and most importantly, the child-like wonder in you.

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