“Competition” Week 35

This year could be called “The Year of the Slugs”. There are so many of them. My colleague in Gaanderen has already caught 2000 slugs the past month in her forest vegetable garden (about 200 …

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“Mycelium” WEEK 30

Wet, wet, wet and sometimes dry. What a difference compared to last year. Fortunately, it is not as hot and the temperature is more or less normal. The sprinkler has only been used once this …

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“Gone” week 25

Last week I had an easy week because I was stranded at home. My van had broken down on Friday (wk 24) and it took a whole week to get the necessary part delivered to …

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“New project” week 21

Last Thursday I was asked by Heleen Eshuis to support the start of her project “Bosnodig” (Forest Need). Her Foundation wants to turn several hectares of agricultural pasture into a Food Forest and aims to …

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Waiting for the leaves: week 17

Spring is in the air. Now and then the coat can be left at home and there is an incidental warm t-shirt day. The air is often a crispy blue and the silhouettes of the …

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Working together: week 13

During the month of March and the first couple of weeks of April all of the logs have to be innoculated and there are too many logs to do on my own.  About two thirds …

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Moving trees: week 8

Getting the trees out of the forest costs alot of energy and planning. Each year it is my aim to gather 1200 suitable logs but the reality is closer to 1000. The oak trees that …

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End of the year: wk 53

It is winter time. The temperature is low and the days are short. The shii-take logs have gone te sleep and will remain dormant until late spring. Outdoor work has been reduced to checking the …

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(No) time to rest: week 49

Autumn was long this year. Warm temperatures during the day with an occasional cold night had triggered the shii-take logs into continuous production. In previous years the production usually slowed down to a halt around …

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Virus vs fungus: week 44

How should we defend ourselves against a virus? Yes, that’s right – eat more fungus. Eat lots of mushrooms, especially the sorts of mushrooms that are known to boost your immune system such as shii-take …

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