Thursday, April 26, 2012

Oyster Mushroom

Oyster Mushrooms are found on dead poplar and aspen trees.



Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

The oyster mushroom is a common edible known for its oyster-shaped cap. One of the first things you should look for when trying to identify this mushroom is the presence of decurrent gills. Decurrent means that the gills are attached to and run directly down the stem. Fresh Oyster mushrooms have a mild anise odor.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dryads Saddle

Dryads Saddle (Polyporus Squamosus) is the only mushroom that smells like cucumbers or watermelon rind. It grows on living and dead hardwoods, often near river banks. You can find it in the spring and fall, often year after year in the same location, recurring until it depletes its food source.


The mature mushroom is much too leathery and bitter to eat, but any part of the immature cap that you can cut with your fingernail is edible.  This was found in a small mixed oak, poplar maple woods  near Utica, NY.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Garden Report 4-12-12

It rained and hailed yesterday afternoon. Today, after a few days of cool weather, it's warming up again. The peas have been up about an inch high. They'll be needing some warm weather to really take off. Garlic is doing well. I mulched the bed with compost as I always do. The shoots are just starting to push out of the soil. I can see the fat growing tips just breaking the surface. One plant has 6 fat shoots. I think this is the 4th year for this bed. So we'll be enjoying a full harvest from now on.

Yesterday I planted fingerling potatoes in 10 big pots. Each pot got 5 or 6 sprouted potatoes.This should make harvest easier and clear up some space on the vegetable beds.



Daffodils have been blooming. Yeasterday I noticed a yellow tulip juist start to open. It was planed on the south side of the house near the apartment kitchen window. In the woodland garden the Hepaticas and Dutchman's Breeches are at peek. Corydalis sempervirens is also blooming.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Scarlet Cup

Scarlet Cup April 4, 2012

Sarcoscypha coccinea

Mycological Notes:

Scarlet Cup is a harbinger of spring. The fruiting body is thin and tough and saucer-shaped with a deep bright red upper surface and a whitish exterior. I found this specimen on the side of a seasonal road running though a hardwood forest in Remsen NY.