Mushrooms in January
Look at this ---
mushrooms in the middle of January! Not only is the
totem that fruited in November pushing out new mushrooms,
so is the totem that I inoculated with wild oyster mushroom spawn.
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The oyster mushrooms in
our yard aren't currently fruiting, which makes me wonder if the woods
might be a slightly more sheltered microclimate. I've read that
even leafless limbs hold in a bit of warmth on cold winter nights, a
bit like quick
hoops do. Of
course, this area is also one of the sunniest parts of our farm, so
that might be the real reason mushrooms are able to grow there in the
dead of winter.
As a side note, the
chickens are only interested because they thought they were going to
get breakfast. Otherwise, they leave oyster mushrooms alone,
meaning that those of you with limited space can "stack" chickens and
mushrooms to your heart's content. Two harvests from one space
--- gotta love permaculture.