Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Shrooms


Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of underground fungi.  These fungi can cover many acres, and can be very long-lived -- one colony has an estimated age of 2400 years, and covers 2200 acres.  My south pasture contains a fungus that produces mushrooms after heavy rains.  Between July 22 and 29 we had 3.18" of rain, but even more importantly, we had at least .44 inch of rain on five of those eight days.  This ensured that the soil stayed moist -- ideal conditions for mushroom growth.  And grow they did -- there must be a hundred of them scattered throughout my pasture.  The weather has now returned to its hot, dry default state -- ideal for the spores to blow away and spread to new locations.  It's always good to know that somebody (and it's not humans) has it all figured out. 

3 Comments:

Blogger Randy said...

And so you did... Comments now welcome... Thanks...

Cool postings on the Tomato situation... hmmm...

And the wisdom of fungi...

Glad to see you back!!

Jacques

8:01 AM  
Blogger Gordon Solberg said...

What do you mean, "Glad to see me back"? I haven't gone anywhere! I've been here all along! Look at it this way: When you're driving down the highway at 6o mph, if you squint just right it's as if you're standing still and the landscape is whizzing past you at 60 mph. So you see? It's all relative! Welcome back!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Idiot Mind Working said...

that was so good...very informative. keep it up.

12:32 AM  

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