Well this is wholly unexpected post for a number of different reasons, the main being that I actually have something to show for an entirely last-minute experiment in October of last year (2015) when I decided to ferment some of the sweet cider that Heart’s Content Farm presses from the five ancient resident apple trees. There was honestly only about 2 minutes of thought put into the whole thing, and so to say the least I am very pleased with how it turned out. (more…)
Just in case you had any doubts I would like to officially announce my return to the art of brewing home fermented ales and meads after a short hiatus. Having been occupied last year with growing market vegetables over at Heart’s Content Organic Farm I have decided to make it more of a priority this year to no longer suppress my habitual urge to produce the sorts of herbal medicinal beverages that you ought to expect from an amateur botanist and forager. (more…)
There are so many different ways to grow oyster mushrooms it’s almost but not quite unbelievable, so do yourself a favour and please don’t for an instant think that this is the only way, or necessarily the best way, to go about the process. Oyster mushrooms (Basidiomycete fungi of the genus Pleurotus) are an incredibly adaptable and resilient bunch that can perform well under a comparatively wide range of growing conditions that would be completely inappropriate for other varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms.
It has been quite a while since I last experimented with oyster mushrooms, and even longer since I decided to take note of my methods and record them all to then post here at your convenience and for your personal benefit. Indeed the pervasive nature and tenacity of the mycological world couldn’t keep me away for too long before the urges of wonder and discovery had me crawling back for more. (more…)