Life Plus Nature

Garden Experiment 2017.2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation

Perhaps buoyed by the unexpected success of my previous garden experiment, I've started another. This time, I'm trying to cultivate the wine cap (aka Stropharia) mushrooms in my garden. The wine caps are about the simplest of any to grow, which seems like a good fit for me since I've only had mixed success with growing [...]

Look at Your Trout Lilies!

The trout lilies are blooming! This is a good sign that spring is really here, and a great time to go out in the woods and check out all the spring ephemerals before the mosquitoes come out. Trout lilies also provide a great opportunity to do a little bit of citizen science. The Trout Lily [...]

It is Spring, and it is Not Spring

I'm liking paradox lately. I've recently finished listening to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (amazing! highly recommended!) and she talks about the paradox of creativity in that book—perhaps I'll talk about that in a future post, but in the meantime you should really just read that book. I'm sure that having something both be and not [...]