permaculture

Cultivating King Stropharia: Part 2

After what has seemed like an eternity, or rather that feeling of hopeless anticipation which sometimes follows what you think been a failure, my king stropharia (Stropharia rugosoannulata) patch produced it’s first flush of mushrooms despite all odds. I was astonished that the colony actually survived considering the trials and tribulations that it has endured since when I wrote about growing these mushrooms in Growing King Stropharia: Part 1. (more…)

Edible Ornamentals: Ptelea trifoliata

The hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata) is a large shrub or small tree native to swaths of low-lying regions of Eastern North America that is quite rare in Ontario, restricted to a few localities along the north and eastern shores of Lake Erie, most notably Long Point Provincial and Point Pelee Provincial Parks where it grows along sandbars or beaches. (more…)

Foraging Fun: Highbush Cranberries

Highbush cranberry is one of those plant names that, as an amateur botanist, fills me with a number of conflicting but equally reasonable emotions. It is one of those names that when taken in a literal context appears to be bewilderingly inaccurate and deliberately misleading but when observed under a different connotation is filled with a cultural charm that reveals much about the way we perceive and relate to the world, and perhaps even more importantly, how we communicate our understanding of that world to others. (more…)

Cultivating King Stropharia – Part 1

The king stropharia (Stropharia rugosoannulata), a fungus known by many names including garden giant and wine cap mushroom, has been a long fascination of mine ever since I began exploring the world of wild and edible mushrooms, and my existing attempt at cultivating it just took a pretty wild turn. (more…)