Monday, September 15, 2014

39 Pictures of Mushrooms!

A couple of weeks ago I finally read this book by Paul Stamets:

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

It was a fascinating read, containing info on mushrooms as food... mushrooms as medicine... mushrooms as toxic waste crews... mushrooms as water filters... mushrooms as firestarters... mushrooms as a biological internet... mushrooms as pest control... mushrooms as plant feeders...

Mycelium Running is well worth reading just for the insight into one of the lesser-known Kingdoms. (If you end up buying a copy, buy it through the link above and I'll make a buck or so from Amazon.)

That said, It's been nice and rainy lately and the wood chips in my food forest are really starting to rot into the soil. With that rot has come a profusion of fungi. Since I'm on a mushroom kick right now, I figured I'd re-start my blog writing with a bunch of photos I just took of the various species popping up in my yard.

I wish I were better at identifying mushrooms so I could give you the species. Sadly I'm a much better horticulturalist than mycologist.

Ready for some pictures? Here they are - enjoy:


A pretty unbelievable selection, eh? These are all growing inside my half-acre food forest.

How did I end up with so many mushrooms? Well, it's a combination of lots of wood chips, lots of chop-n-drop, lots of logs being dragged onto the property, plus when we take walks I've been known to pick mushrooms and then spread them around the yard and in the mulch.

Anyone recognize any of the species? Let me know!

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At September 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM , Blogger Sheila O said...

Beautiful! There has to be the "Green Deane" of mushrooms out there somewhere! I hope he or she chimes in so you can add some of these to your dinner plate!

At September 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM , Blogger David The Good said...


At September 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got wood chips from power co too-but I grew shrooms that smelled like poopy diapers!! Also the pile grew roach colonies- ughh! Hopefully it will pay off...

At September 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

HA. Sounds like stinkhorn mushrooms.

If you have lots of roaches, consider running chickens over the mulch. They eat roaches like candy and will transform them into tasty eggs.

At September 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

Those mushrooms that look like little cups with pebbles inside? I LOVE THEM. They are prolific in my herb garden, which also started out as a mound of chipped mulch. They are Nidulariaceae fungus. Great photos!

At September 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes - I love them too and have seen them growing in the potted plants in my nursery. I've heard them called "bird's nest" fungi, though "Nidulariaceae" has a nice ring to it as well. They look like something completely out of this world.


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