I've been re-reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma lately and found myself again fascinated by the chapter on mushrooms. Not really plants, and not really animals, mushrooms are technically fungi - which is a category most of us don't use on a regular basis!
Last spring, Dan took logs and drilled holes in them, carefully filling each with shitake or oyster mushroom spores. He then placed them up against the barn, in a microclimate that is damp and cool. With the rainy days and warmer nights we've been having, mushrooms have begun to pop up all over them,.
We'll also be attempting to grow mushrooms in woodchips underneath the apple trees, as well as in straw inside the hoophouses this spring.
A pretty shitake that recently flushed (the term for when a mushroom fruits).