So it begins again! Thanks to @sporeprints for these blue oyster mushroom grow kits! I can't wait to watch them grow.
Although blue oysters are typically a cold weather species, this particular strain is able to tolerate warmer temperatures pushing 80°F, making them perfect for the erratic Florida winter. If all goes well, the kits should start fruiting within a week or so. In fact, some of the blocks had already started trying to fruit! I will let those clusters fail though, as they are trapped under the plastic containing the blocks. I'm growing them on a shelf in my garage. It's located adjacent to a windowed door so they will receive ambient sunlight. I decided to leave one block without its humidity tent to test if there is a difference in its growth compared to the others. Each block will receive a daily misting with water to keep humidity up and possibly some baby-talk.
Keep an eye out for more posts on my mushies' progress, and go to www.mushroommountain.com to learn more or start growing your own mushrooms!
Giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea), Autumn. One would think of this as a giant soccer ball to throw at your friend rather than a mushroom. Although edible, I have yet to favor a method of preparation to consider this choice edible, yet it remains fun as a projectile of choice.
Kate, a fellow Hope Farm Mushroom-eteer, busy prepping fruiting bags for inoculation of our blue and pink Oyster mushrooms.
On the way are our yellow oyster, shitake and lionsmane cultures. Soon we will hit the lab and start our spawn.
📣🍄 Is there a mycologist in the house? Or just a 'shroom enthusiast? I'll admit that I spend most of my I.D. energy on leafy beings, feeling rather daunted by the vast world of fungal lifeforms. But, I'm trying to learn more about them, and I'd love to know what this one is. It may be an artist's conk 🎨 (Ganoderma sp.)? Or maybe in the genus Fomitopsis? It was large, hardened, but squishy around the edges, maybe rotting. The underside was a creamy white and tan. It protruded from a dead conifer 🌲 along a trail in Southern Oregon, elevation 4,000+ ft. ⛰ Third photo shows the fungus blending in with burls at the base of the tree, on the right. Even if I don't learn what it is, I was amazed to stand next to it and ogle at its size and colors. 😍
Hunny, you are a slave to no one. You fall subject only to yourself. No. one. can do a single thing to you that you have not first allowed within your self.
Which means you get to choose how you are how you feel how you everything! This is magic! This is heaven! This is womanhood! Everything that touches you you have welcomed in. Remember that, sisters, and love! We can be whoever we dream! Whatever we want, we can do! Literallyyyy. No rules. It really only takes a thought or hope and trust.
Trust in yourself, trust in the process of life and growth, trust in the world surrounding you and the place you are in at this very moment. It's all part of us and we are part of it!
I think that trust might be the golden touch ✨
Stay open, know how to take care of yourself and do - but beyond that, don't be afraid to trust things and to trust people and above all, to trust yourself 🌹
🍄CLITOCYBE Dicolor (CLITOCYBE Metachroa) 🍄 Encontradas en un pinar de Pinos Pinaster a 850 metros sobre el nivel del mar en Luna Kuartango Alava, Comunidad Autonoma de Euskadi (ESPAÑA) el 24 de diciembre de 2016 🍄
❗️COMESTIBLE DE BAJA CALIDAD ❗️Tiene una carne muy escasa y por eso no se consume➕Olor agradable ➕Sabor dulzón ❗️
🌻ESPORADA 🌻Blanca🌻Esporas de ovales a elipsoidales, muy poco apiculadas, irregularmente congofilas, de 6-7x3,5-4 micras🌻
🌲HABITAT 🌲Fructifica en bosques de roble melojo y en pinares de montaña, sobre suelos húmedos, desde octubre y puede mantenerse en invierno si no hace mucho frío, entre 500 y 1000 metros sobre el nivel del mar🌲
🕸 ECOLOGIA 🕸 Micorriza 🕸Con coniferas🕸
🎯IDENTIFICACION 🎯 Sombrero hasta 5 centímetros de diámetro, de convexo a aplanado y umbilicado, margen incurvado, ondulado y estriado➕Cutícula higrofana, mate, de tonos pardo grisaceos, que se aclaran al encejecer➕Láminas de blanquecinas a beige➕Pie corto hasta 3 centímetros de alto, cilíndrico del mismo color que el sombrero con restos de micelio en la base➕Carne clara y escasa🎯
🔦BÚSQUEDA 🔦 Sale en pinares en otoño e invierno si no hace mucho frio➕Sale siempre en grupos aunque no muy numerosos➕Aunque es inocua no es muy buscada dada la escasez de su carne🔦