Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Freeloaders and Fungi
Meanwhile these little toxic creatures cropped up all last summer around the yard. They're pretty fascinating, but I looked every one of them up in my field guide, and not a single one of them won't cause at least a couple of days of gastrointestinal distress if eaten.
Stinkhorn that showed up overnight in our front yard. The Stinkhorn is also known by its Latin name, phallus impudicus, and I've posted a photo elsewhere, but I will not post here because it is highly unappetizing. (Click on "Stinkhorn" if you're curious).
But I digress. I've decided to capitalize on the mycelium-friendly climes of late and, killing two birds with one stone, make it so that a couple of trees in our neighborhood have not died in vain. I ordered mushroom spawn plugs online. Then I got to work.
While waiting for the logs to age, the spawn arrived and really took off. They had completely saturated and filled up the grooves in the wood dowels that they come packaged in. Three precious little baggies, each filled with 100 promises of tender fungi!
Now all I've got to do is keep the logs damp and shaded. Some are on the north side of the garage and east of a giant silver maple tree, while others are on the north side of a giant lilac bush and east of the house. They need a bit of sun, but not too much. It'll be 6-9 months before these babies fruit, but it will be well worth it when they do.
As a reward for my patience, I hope to have beautiful colonies of Lion's Mane, Phoenix Fir Oyster, and Pearl Oyster fruiting proudly and prolifically, and perhaps their spores will spread throughout the yard in years to come, taking the place of the pretty, but inedible parasols.