Garden Experiment 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 … Continue reading Garden Experiment 2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation

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Early Spring: Wild Leeks (and Recipe Roundup)

Foraging is something I've said that I want to do more of this year. I keep waiting and waiting, but it's still early spring. Even a week ago we had enough snow to cover the ground. The forest is just starting to wake up for spring. And, in this case, waking up seems to be … Continue reading Early Spring: Wild Leeks (and Recipe Roundup)

31 Days of Nature Challenge

Audrey over at AudreyWanders.com is instigating a nature challenge for the month of May, and you should sign up! Here's the description of the challenge: 31 Days of Nature is a challenge to spend every day of May 2017 outdoors. All you have to do is spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day. In … Continue reading 31 Days of Nature Challenge

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 … Continue reading It is Spring, and it is Not Spring

Two Big Questions on My Mind

I have a lot of questions. Many of these are of the existential what-does-it-all-mean variety that I suspect I'll never have answers to. But, for the purposes of this blog, I generally have two big questions that I'm trying to learn more about: 1) What are the ways that nature can enhance our health and happiness? I think we … Continue reading Two Big Questions on My Mind

Clouds are for Everyone

Although it's still winter, there are signs that spring is on its way. A week of unseasonably warm weather made me start a gardening project in February and we'll be making maple syrup before too long. Like most years, I slipped into a bit of a funk starting sometime in November, which lasted into January. I … Continue reading Clouds are for Everyone