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Putting together the Otter Farm Newsletter I was looking at what happend this time last year and I realised I was tucking into the first asparagus already…..so I looked even harder than normal, and there it was this morning. Yes, it is the worst picture of anything ever, but that’s a new unfathomable phone for you. rest asssured it has a zillion pixels, sadly none of which relay any focused information.

Marvellous, but not the only thing sneaking its way skywards toay. Moving a few plants around in the polytunnel I noticed a weird thing poking out of a pile of iron tubes…unless my mushroom ID skills are worse than I thought (v possible) I reckon it’s a morel. How can it grow on mulch mat, through metal tubes?

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  • I once went on a fungus hunt with a national trust warden and he said they can bust through tarmac. They are tough!

    on a lighter note, in my old department in Cambridge the head had been a fungi taxonomist before changing to history of science. He came in one day and told this story.
    "So i was at home last night, and we noticed some mould growing up in the corner of the sitting-room, with some fruiting bodies. So I took out the general british fungi guide, and i couldn't find it in there. So then I got out the big six volume standard edition, and I went all the way through, and finally found it. It said 'Rare. only grows on urine-soaked plaster.' So that's how I found out that my toilet was leaking."