Mushroom Bloom

Mushroom blocks are offered by many online retailers. We bought ours from FungiPerfecti, the brainchild of mycologist Paul Stamets. Some other fungi retailers that carry different varieties and different tools for DIY mycology are  fieldforest.net, and gourmetmushrooms.com.                                                    I bought my wife four varieties for her birthday in February. Two have started to grow mushrooms already,…

The winter cold frame: Update

The winter cold frame I wasn’t sure how the greens would look after the 12°F cold nights we’ve been having. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Winter greens I am happy to report that the greens are still going strong after the cold 12°F. They could use a little water, which I plan to supply. And…

What to Grow in a Northern Fall Garden: In October

The fall garden I am just not ready to give up the garden. It is October and the farmers and gardeners around me are turning over the soil and putting their gardens to bed for the winter. Just the other night the temperature dipped down to 23°F. But, nestled in their cozy beds, my plants…

The Extreme salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow: 30 ingredients or more

The Extreme Salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow, is becoming a new family meal time tradition. Stephen Barstow Stephen Barstow is the world record holder for making a salad with the most different varieties of plants. 537 different varieties of plants, all in one salad!!! That is inspiring. And, he lives in Norway near the arctic…

Radish mini challenge: #2 Daikon radish with Culantro

Daikon radish Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and…