We are always happily surprised when mycological royalty pays a visit to Seven Trees Farm, but with the warm dry summer and sudden turn to cold and rain, we didn’t expect a return of the prince.
This week we noticed the tell-tale fungus, literally mushrooming from the duff beneath one of our fir trees. A few days later this princeling was joined by five more. We decided to let these grow and spore so that hopefully next year they will return in numbers and quality enough to harvest.
It’s been incredibly busy recently. Not just at Seven Trees, but also at the paycheck jobs. As usual, the fall garden is a sad jungle of spent vines, encroaching weeds, and those unavoidable zucchinis that get missed somehow. Another not-so-fun development is a torn rotator cuff for one of the humans here. Surgery will commence in a few weeks, and recovery will take months. Needless to say, getting tucked in for winter will take some serious strategizing.
Luckily chickens are easy to care for, even with a clipped wing The mad scientist experiments are going apace, and we are getting some lovely pullet eggs. They are a bit small for hatching yet, so we may tide ourselves over with another bought batch of French Black Copper Marans eggs. We only ended up with two from our previous hatch, a roo and a pullet, and both are so extraordinary that we want to try for a few more from the same breeder.
We still have apples to harvest, field corn, fall raspberries, carrots, greens, and plenty of crops waiting in the garage to be further processed. Never a dull moment or an empty pantry!