Thursday, February 26, 2009

How long before mushrooms?

My wife (Transition Housewife) has been vegetarian for years. She was really pleased when, a few months before Christmas, the local co-op supermarket started to stock different mushrooms to the ubiquitous closed cup button variety, what's more they were locally produced. Great. However, she bemoaned the fact that they were overpackaged and sporadically stocked.

So I bought her an Oyster mushroom growing kit for Christmas - the kind that involves recycling a book - which she loved and had found a suitable book to recycle before Christmas lunch.

Little did I know that her presents to me consisted of:

A definate hint. (Actually the Mycelium book is brilliant and the Mushroom guide, comprehensive).

Mushroom spawn dowel before tapped into Silver Birch logThe problem was that the mushroom spore grain for the logs didn't come with any logs. What's more, the logs needed to be a specific size, type of tree and felled within 6 weeks. So the hunt was on for logs.

Eventually we were given some freshly felled silver birch by our local RSPB volunteer woodland management group (we volunteer during the winter months for a few hours every other Sunday).

Last Sunday (a day off from volunteering) I created three mushroom logs, one of each variety. So in 6 - 18 months we should be harvesting our own gourmet mushrooms.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Permaculture on BBC 2 - must see

I've just had a note from Apparently permaculture will feature on the BBC 2 Natural Word series. The programme "A Farm for the Future" will be broadcast on Friday the 20th of February on BBC 2 at 8pm (and repeated Sunday the 22nd). They hadn't seen the film but understand that it will cover the basics of peak oil and permaculture. Contributors to the film include;

It looks like a good line up of people, the programme should be interesting.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

First rubbish weigh in

January 2009 rubbish weigh-in
Today I put the rubbish in the black bin for the first time this year. The rubbish (from the kitchen bin) all fitted into one small white plastic shopping bag and consisted entirely of plastic wrapping material. My local council does not recycle this type of plastic.
The rubbish weighed 550 g (1.21 lbs).

I need to either buy less in plastic packaging, or find a way of reusing/recycling this type of plastic rubbish.