Category Archives: How Things Grow

Autumn is Just as Colorful as Spring

Autumn is just as colorful as spring. The sun was out a few days ago, shining on the last comfrey in bloom. In the spring comfrey blooms against a backdrop of new green. In the fall its purple flowers shine … Continue reading

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How Did I Get So Lucky?

How many are able to step out of their kitchen, take a short walk into the woods, and come home with a plate full of fresh shaggy parasol mushrooms for dinner? Not many. How did I get so lucky? The … Continue reading

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Who Eats Apples?

Who eats apples? The question is more like who doesn’t eat apples. The Flickers and Stellar Jays joyfully peck at the apples we haven’t picked. I don‘t mind sharing. There are more apples than we can eat. What I didn’t … Continue reading

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Still Alive

This morning I couldn’t resist plucking the Shaggy Parasol from under a cedar in the woods. It’s a treasure to have such a delicacy pop up on this property. Around it are a number of smaller ones, which should be … Continue reading

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One of the Best! Or Not

I’ve gone from cover to cover in my copy of David Arora’s “All That the Rain Promises and More – a hip pocket guide to western mushrooms” and this substantial mushroom I found in the woods is either a Parasol … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know May Kill You

This may never happen again, an apple tree with red ripe apples and blossoms at the same time. This will happen again and again, red maple leaves at the start of fall. The fall rains have set off the mushrooms. … Continue reading

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Barefoot Gardening

The clouds and rain come nearly every day now. The rain held off for yesterday’s farmers market. When I checked the forecast for next week’s Saturday market, it showed rain all week except Wednesday, and rain on into the following … Continue reading

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