Saturday, April 17, 2010

Foraging.



With a little bit of planning and planting this time of year can be quite fruitful. It takes time and my back aches for a short while BUT today I collected 643 walnuts; 73 feijoas; grapes that we have made into juice; and best of all some free mushrooms growing in the paddock. The secret there is saving the mushroom stalks and skins when they are prepared then taking them and scattering them where you wish them to grow ( even on your lawn ) - they are covered in spores- especially off the mature ones and hey presto, with a little shower of rain ( or watering ) mushrooms for free. We did plant the walnut trees; the grape vine and the feijoas bushes ; but the mushrooms, no,  just a little scattering.
White Niagara grapes are better for us as juice than as jelly or jam.

4 comments:

Laurie said...

Gee! I never knew you could grow mushrooms by doing such a simple scattering...thank you.

Bubble said...

wow your so lucky. Do you make Fijoua juice?? Yummy. Top tip for the mushrooms xxx

Meggie said...

We had mushrooms growing on our lawn in BOP. They were grown by the scatter the skins method, by our Grandmother. They always seem to have more flavour than the farmed mushrooms.

Guðrún said...

This sounds strange to me, go out and pick walnuts, fijoua etc. Here we have nothing like that, too cold.