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Peach Wood

I have bad news.. the peach tree died. I’m not giving up though and now I’ve already planted peach tree #4. I’ve had the most success with this last one, though this past winter was too harsh for it. It set a few sprouts this spring, but then kaput. I’ve had it for about 6 years.

The wood is still relatively fresh and uncured, so it’s fragrant. When split, it smells like a peach pit, but woodsier with a definite amaretto-like sweetness. The smoke smells of a delicious campfire.

This is my new wood for the smoker. The twigs are debris for edible mushrooms. Nothing is wasted.

The Lawn Mushroom; Cracked Cap Agrocybe, Agrocybe praecox
There is a stately group of tan-brown spored mushrooms growing at the edge of the lawn. They came up so randomly, and I wanted to know what they are. So out came the books and keys, and after some leafing through pages and back and forth, they ID’ed out to Agrocybe praecox. With some additional references, I’ve found that it is possible they could be A. molesta. The difference is that A. praecox grows mostly in wood debris or tree roots, while A. molesta grows in lawns, where mine was discovered, though it was near decomposing wood mulch. So who knows, and really, it doesn’t matter that much. A. praecox is considered a complex of very similarly related mushrooms with subtle differences.
Going through dichotomous keys are a lot like a choose your own adventure book. When you don’t like where one path leads, you go back to the fork in the road and wander in a different direction until you’re satisfied with the answer.
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The Lawn Mushroom; Cracked Cap Agrocybe, Agrocybe praecox
There is a stately group of tan-brown spored mushrooms growing at the edge of the lawn. They came up so randomly, and I wanted to know what they are. So out came the books and keys, and after some leafing through pages and back and forth, they ID’ed out to Agrocybe praecox. With some additional references, I’ve found that it is possible they could be A. molesta. The difference is that A. praecox grows mostly in wood debris or tree roots, while A. molesta grows in lawns, where mine was discovered, though it was near decomposing wood mulch. So who knows, and really, it doesn’t matter that much. A. praecox is considered a complex of very similarly related mushrooms with subtle differences.
Going through dichotomous keys are a lot like a choose your own adventure book. When you don’t like where one path leads, you go back to the fork in the road and wander in a different direction until you’re satisfied with the answer.
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The Lawn Mushroom; Cracked Cap Agrocybe, Agrocybe praecox

There is a stately group of tan-brown spored mushrooms growing at the edge of the lawn. They came up so randomly, and I wanted to know what they are. So out came the books and keys, and after some leafing through pages and back and forth, they ID’ed out to Agrocybe praecox. With some additional references, I’ve found that it is possible they could be A. molesta. The difference is that A. praecox grows mostly in wood debris or tree roots, while A. molesta grows in lawns, where mine was discovered, though it was near decomposing wood mulch. So who knows, and really, it doesn’t matter that much. A. praecox is considered a complex of very similarly related mushrooms with subtle differences.

Going through dichotomous keys are a lot like a choose your own adventure book. When you don’t like where one path leads, you go back to the fork in the road and wander in a different direction until you’re satisfied with the answer.

Galerina marginata, the Deadly Galerina

The morel hunt was a bust. Though we didn’t go away empty handed as we found a few Pheasant Back and a cluster of Velvet Foot. After finding the Velvets, nearby was the Deadly Galerina, which has the same toxin as Death Angel Amanita mushrooms. I was sure of my ID of the Velvets, as it had all the right characters, habit and white spores. And then to see the Velvet’s deadly lookalike nearby was too perfect for me to compare. Seeing both side by side was really comforting to see as a mushroom forager. They truly are different once you are familiar.

Hiking in nature really is like walking though a laboratory.

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