Moose dribble v toxic fungus

Moose dribble v toxic fungus

In my occasional series, “When Plants Attack” we’ve seen some of the ways in which plants can defend themselves. So far I’ve covered the chemicals they produce to discourage other plants from growing in their space (allelopathy) and the conventional weaponry they use...
Fungarium

Fungarium

My ethnobotany course includes eight days at Kew, and I’ve just had the final two. I have photos of the orchid extravaganza I will upload in due course, but for me the highlight of this trip was a visit to somewhere I never new existed – the Fungarium. This is where...
Windowsill mushrooms

Windowsill mushrooms

Just before Christmas I was given a set of four windowsill mushroom kits by Gardening Express. They languished in the hall until 29th December, at which point I set them all up and put them on the living room windowsill. At that point, they looked like this: That’s...
Make Friends with Fungi

Make Friends with Fungi

If you want to grow something unusual in your kitchen garden, then you could consider mushrooms. They’re not plants, and they need different care, but in many cases they’re easy to grow and provide a gourmet home-grown treat. Mushrooms are fungi, and they have two...
Prickly Nut Wood

Prickly Nut Wood

Pete and I were lucky enough to visit Ben Law’s Prickly Nut Wood on Saturday. Prickly Nut Wood is mainly sweet chestnut coppice. About 50 acres are currently managed, but there is more that needs to be brought back under management after years of neglect. Some of the...

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