An amazing year for mushrooms

By | September 1, 2010

This is perhaps slightly off topic  but  this has been a really strange year down here in Sussex. We had no rain for nearly three months and it was noticeable that the behaviour of the wild life really was pushed to the edge of it’s envelope with squadrons of magpies and woodpeckers pecking nine bells out of the lawn.

Once it started raining of course, three to four weeks on the grass is as lush as ever while we’ve having bumper crops of plums and apples.

But the amazing think is how the drought plus rain formula has brought up the mushrooms. I’ve never seen so many different varieties all bursting out of the ground. Here’s a picture of some parasol mushrooms taken in the field next door. They’re quite big – a good 9 inches across and about the same in height These are supposed to be edible – I had some with bacon for breakfast this morning so I’ll let you know if I survive!

Parasol Mushrooms

Parasol Mushrooms

Beautiful aren’t they?

4 thoughts on “An amazing year for mushrooms

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  2. Gregory Smith

    I enjoy Mushrooms and would like to understand the technique of discovering the edible versus the inedible-poisonous versions. If I had seen this particular Parasol mushroom in my yard, I would have promptly removed it as it resembles the Death Angel mushrooms of our area in Oklahoma, USA. It seems a pity that we can’t introduce edible fungi into out environments so that we can use them as food as well as for fermenting and removal of leaves and sedimentary branches and rubish we acquire over the course of a year’s efforts. It would seem intuitive to do this, not just to gain resources, but also to crowd out the negative versions of mushrooms that then to sneak into our yards and garden areas…What would you suggest as a method to introduce such fungi, by spore cultivation or by hyphi introduction in moist dark regions around compost?

  3. The Intelligent Gardener Post author

    good question

    I just identified it from the Oxford book of flowerless plants. And I did survive eating a couple for breakfast 🙂

    On your more important point, the reality seems to be that Fungi are quite specific where they grow – they seem to be associated with particular types ofwoodland. You would need to create a situation whereby a beneficial fungus / tree root symbiosis was introduced and sustained. Now this is happening commercially with mycorrhiza which is fairly non specific – they symbiose with the roots of a wide spectrum of plants and help them access the soil phosphate.

    In your case you’d have to identify what were the predominant host trees in your garden and proceed from there.

    I hope that is slightly helpful. It’s a question that deserves a better answer.

  4. Bula Kalter

    You point out such a great things right here and it is always pleassure to read. Hope to hear more and learn from you.

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