“It’s raining mushrooms”

August was dry and hot. September began cool and wet. The sharp distinction between these weather types was a signal for many fungi to get on with producing the next generation: mushroom making. The shii-take …

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Behind the screen

August 2022: Summer, the period when mushroom logs are busy not doing anything and when an Edible Wood Farmer can creep into the office and just stay there and grow computer roots. This last summer …

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“Veggie Garden”

June 2022: What can you expect to find in a vegetable garden? The answer is quite obvious and can also include fruit such as berries, an apple tree or two and a range of aromatic …

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“The Big Mushroom Dinner”

May 2022: An edible mushroom dinner in May? It is no big deal buying mushrooms at the market or in the supermarket but using everyday mushrooms does not have the attraction or challenge of presenting …

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“Too wet or too dry”

July 2022: When is the best moment to soak a shii-take log? That is one of the questions that has lingered in my subconscious for a long time. There is not much precise information about …

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“Mycelium on the move” – week 17

Inoculation season has ended. Thank goodness. It has been a lot of hard physical work in a relatively short space of time (March – half April) and it has to go on whatever the weather. …

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“Learning” week 43

Autumn is a busy time of the year. Not only because the logs are productive but also because mushrooms are in the heads and hands of the general public. This translates to a busy webshop …

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“SUPRISE” Week 39

Cold nights, warm days. Morning dew and blue sky at midday. Mushroom weather. After a week of trunching around the mountains of Norway with my student son, I travelled expectantly to the Edible Wood Farm …

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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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