Observations on nature and gardening from an Carolina wildlife gardener
Monday, August 13, 2012
Foraging for mushrooms
The vegetable garden is continuing to produce. Trays of tomatoes and tomatillos seem to be coming out the oven each day, with beans and squash to be eaten or frozen, too.
But a weekend mushroom foray with our neighbor, who's a mushroom expert, found a variety of interesting mushrooms.
The highlight were these lobster mushrooms.
We had quite a large haul of them.
we had two baskets full
They were tasty! Most went to a local chef who runs cooking classes and who was along as a chief forager. (I must say I like shitakes and button mushrooms about as well, but it was fun to collect them out in nature, as long as you're totally confident that they're safe to eat!)
Our gardens (in the piedmont of SC and the mountains of NC) are increasingly home to native plants, birds, small mammals, and insects of all sorts. My gardening companion (my husband) is equally the gardener in our gardens. Woody, our rescue Golden, is now putting his own stamp on our gardens. He follows his previous fellow goldens (and my former gardening assistants): Mocha and Chessie. They bring life to our gardens.
I reduce the sizes of most images, but they're still bigger than what's seen on the blog (click to enlarge!)
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