Archive for April, 2012

Finally, Fungi

Posted 20 April 2012 | By | Categories: Container Gardening, Food, fungi, Gardening, Growing Food, Seagarden | Comments Off on Finally, Fungi

Having a blast with mushrooms, grown from Parkvale’s GYObuckets. Amazed at how they went from fuzzy white mycelium to tiny pin-head fruiting bodies to mushrooms as big as my hands in just a few days. They are just delicious, enjoyed so far sauteed, scrambled with eggs and as the star of mushroom fried rice (alongside the last of the peppers).

Looking forward to mycologist Alison Stringer’s Fungal Foray through the Otari-Wilton Bush on Sunday, 22 April. Hope to learn what will flourish on the floor of the fernery.

Here are some other mushroom resources:

Spinach in the garden 7 Apr 2012

Oh Spinach, What am I going to do with you?

Posted 07 April 2012 | By | Categories: Cooking, Food, Gardening, Growing Food, Health, Plants, Vegetables | Comments Off on Oh Spinach, What am I going to do with you?

Spinach in the garden 7 Apr 2012

 

Juiced, wilted, braised or super slow cooked? All of these and more!

 

 

Sweet as Wheatgrass

Posted 01 April 2012 | By | Categories: Container Gardening, Food, Gardening, Growing Food, Plants, Seagarden | Comments Off on Sweet as Wheatgrass

For months, I looked for wheatgrass seeds among the seed packets and the bags of seeds-for-sprouting at the organic grocer. I started to suspect they were not stocking the seeds in order to promote the expensive flats of already growing wheatgrass. Eventually, I asked the woman at checkout why they didn’t stock them, and she looked at me incredulously: “Wheatgrass is just the baby stage of wheat, which you can find whole in the bulk section.” Of course! I had no idea.

What a delicious paradox that wheat, which gets blamed for a vast array of ills, is the very same plant that in grass form is touted as the elixir of all health and life. In any case, it’s incredibly easy to grow outside and well suited to vertical planters. Spread a dense mat of organic whole wheat seeds across the soil and just cover with a little more soil. Water extensively, then daily, and watch as it sprouts in a couple of days and is ready for harvest in eight.