Remember when I said I was making a Wine Cap mushroom bed under my old lime tree? Well little did I know, as I toiled to layer the cardboard, bark chips, and compost, but I was being watched by a number of excited forest crittters, waiting to see what gifts I was bringing them.
I very quickly found little scratch marks and tiny holes dug out all along the sides of the bed…
“No way buddies! I’ve worked too hard for this!”
So as you can see, I went back to the hardware store, and bought metal stakes and netting to protect my magical mushies.
Determination can be my middle name, and hang the extra expense.
Didn’t work. Damn critters just dug in under the netting, even though I’d then weighed the sides down with rocks, boulders, and thick branches.
I felt a little disheartened, and stopped checking every day, wondering if I should transfer the bed to my fully-fenced secure veggie garden… Can one dig up mushrooms and just shift them I wondered?
But then one morning I happened to walk past, and look what I saw:
ONE gorgeous, proud, unexpected Wine Cap mushroom, glowing in the soft light of dawn. Woohoo! one proud Mama here. It tasted delicious in my fresh pasta, basil and cherry tomato lunch. I imagined various mushie dishes, and baskets of ‘shrooms to hand out to my delighted friends…
Then I had not one more growth.
A veritable bouquet of Wine Caps! I was very happy, and had to share my excitement, in the light of all the crazy politics and virus dramas still going on around the world.
Wherever you are reading this, may you be safe, and warm, with a full belly, preferably of mushrooms.
What’s your favourite way to eat them?
In gratitude for mycelium & soil, G xO