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Mushroom foraging at Salt Point state park

Shannon bought tickets for a mushroom hunting workshop for my Yule present this year, and the trip was great despite the cold wet weather. We cooked up the shrooms the next night with some buttered pasta, and here’s our tasing notes: hedgehog – nice firm texture, excellent mushroom/chanterelle-like flavor tooth …

2012 Garden Report

Our backyard garden was finished in about May or June. plants were planted all over at various times We decided to track our yields for the tomatoes and other fruits just to see how much we were getting: Apples: 4.5 lbs Cherries: Unmeasured, we probably got a small bowl of …

Red Sails lettuce

I started a lettuce mix in a pot in March 2011, and then transplanted many of the seedlings when they were 3-4″ tall to the hillside.  One type of lettuce really took off and grew like gangbusters throughout the spring, while the other ones (mostly the green ones) did very …

Red Romaine lettuce

I collected a bunch of lettuce seeds from two years ago, and spread them all over the hill in the backyard to hope that they would grow some new plants.  The red romaine lettuce seemed to do very well, partially because their red color left them visible for me to …

Garden pumpkin

We had a volunteer pumpkin grow from the mulch that I got from Bayview green waste, and I just let it grow.  It was slow at first, but started to take off just when the soil temperature got above 65 degrees.  We finally got this one big yellow pumpkin.

Mona Lisa Potatoes

I acquired some Mona Lisa potatoes from a source in Piedmont, Italy.  We tried them there and they were the most delicious potatoes we had ever tasted.  They’re waxy and smooth, with a yellow flesh and buttery finish. Planted: ? Harvest:  09/10/2011 Yield:  ? We grew these in a container …

Shelling Peas

English Peas

My first attempt to grow English or shelling peas in Glen Park, San Francisco went pretty well.  My soil was un-amended, rocky clay, with no fertilizer, but 2-3″ of recycled wood mulch on top. Variety: Mr Big from Nichols Garden Nursery Planted:  May 14, 2011 Harvest:  Harvesting the peas is …