Yes, There Are Still Some Good Things In Life!

You’d never know it listening to Trump and some of the commentators here, but good things do happen, good things, like the discovery of some good edible mushrooms growing on a pile of firewood… These are a variety of Coprinus mushroom. They are somewhat smaller than the exquisite Shaggy Mane, but still tasty. They are probably Coprinus variegata.

There are a number of good things involved in this discovery:

  • firewood is portable, so this mushroom can be moved to a more convenient spot like my garden…
  • we don’t use a lot of firewood these days, so this pile might bear mushrooms for a decade or more,
  • with care the mushrooms may be persuaded to yield more and better mushrooms as the years go on, and
  • I’m up to the challenge.

I plan to move the infected firewood to my garden sooner or later and half bury the pieces and water them a couple of times a week from now until winter. It is possible that the mushrooms will be produced in several flushes per week until freezing weather. I once discovered a huge find of Shaggy Manes and went out picking them in the midst of the first blizzard to harvest them to the last minute. Some things are too good to miss.

Previously, I discovered some Coprinus atramentaria growing in my yard and tried and failed to set up a mushroom garden. I still have that buried wood so this discovery could trigger expanded growth to that patch as well. Life is good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to Yes, There Are Still Some Good Things In Life!

  1. dougman says:

    Mushrooms also actually glow at night. Its a very faint blue/green color.

  2. John Doe offered a fanciful link:
    “The Amanita muscaria is the red and white magic mushroom that grows almost exclusively beneath Pine trees.”

    That’s utter nonsense. See Wikipedia: “Ectomycorrhizal, Amanita muscaria forms symbiotic relationships with many trees, including pine, spruce, fir, birch, and cedar.”

    I’m a mushroomer who spent ~14 years tramping through poplar, pine and spruce forests up North. I don’t remember ever finding Amanita muscaria anywhere but under poplar. The connection with Christmas mythology is from reindeer getting high on the stuff (Santa’s flying reindeer), nothing to do with pines.

  3. John Doe wrote, “All mushrooms are edible.
    Some of them only once!”

    To be clear, MANY MUSHROOMS ARE POISONOUS WITH EVEN A SINGLE BITE BEING FATAL WITHOUT PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION. I only pick and eat mushrooms that are easily identified, unlike poisonous varieties and I only eat a small sample of new less familiar mushrooms. I own 4 proper mushrooming books by respected authours. I consult the web. I’ve never had a bad experience in many years of mushrooming. Indeed, where I have taught most mushrooms are edible and many are quite delicious. Unfortunately, in the south, where most people live, there are many more poisonous varieties like Amanitas. Up north, the only poisonous mushrooms I ever encountered were false morels and rarely, an Amanita. One should be able to identify the common poisonous varieties. They are easily avoided if one only eats relatively mature mushrooms with readily discernible identifying characteristics.

  4. John Doe says:

    All mushrooms are edible.
    Some of them only once!
    🙂

  5. dougman says:

    You can spike all them logs and grow mushrooms, like you grow corn. So long as you build the right environment for it.

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