First spring mushrooms
I'd been watching a wild
oyster mushroom budding out of a fallen snag in the floodplain for a
couple of weeks, but something ate it before I thought it was big
enough to pick. So I was thrilled to find an oyster mushroom
growing on a stump on the campus of the University of North
Carolina-Asheville during the Organic Grower's School. I broke
the oyster loose and put it in my coat pocket, where I surprised myself
throughout the day by putting my hand in the pocket and touching a
damp, slimy object.
Home at last, the mushroom
was a bit battered and dirty from its long ride, but I figured it was
in good enough shape to start up my cardboard
again. After soaking cardboard, separating the corrugated center
from the flat outer layers and layering the mushroom butts between the
corrugated cardboard sheets, I wandered outside to think about our
cultivated mushrooms. And there I found yet more oysters ready to
eat! Both Pohu and Blue Dolphin had sent out several fruiting
bodies. I used up our last container of frozen mushrooms two
weeks ago and was just wishing for more to go in our lasagna --- good
thing our mushroom logs came through.
Our homemade chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.
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