Are you Hungry for Fungi? Would you like to grow your own edible
gourmet or medicinal mushrooms?
EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST BY THURS 30TH MAY****TO QUALIFY FOR A 20% DISCOUNT
ON YOUR FIRST ORDER* later this year (subject to telling us why you love
mushrooms so much. Oh, and a quick questionnaire. Sorry, you don’t get
owt for nowt or if you miss that we’ll be giving a smaller discount
for people who respond before end of July.
**Please go here ****http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TC3VZ56****& answer a
couple of questions to **express your support for the Hungry Fungi
project. That’s it. We’ll keep you informed of what’s going down here as
we grow with regular newsletters and we even tweet if you fancy that
*So, who are we?*
*Hungry Fungi* is a newly establishing workers’ co-op based in Leeds who
will be providing mushroom spawn, easy mushroom grow-bags and workshops
on how to grow your own edible gourmet or medicinal mushrooms*. *We’ve
been building our own lab using scrap wood & reused stuff, and we’re
into community, good food and a sustainable future (what other kind is
By sending your expression of interest you will be helping to support
our project and also help with our market research and funding
applications, which is vital for small community projects,
We promote the benefits of growing your own mushrooms as a sustainable
and nutritional food source and also of benefit to ecosystem health.
Our remit is to provide all the materials and know how necessary to
empower ordinary people to grow their own mushrooms.
We will be supplying the following products and services:
* *Workshops on easy ways to grow your own gourmet edible and
medicinal mushrooms*. For this you need a substrate (or food for
the mushrooms) this can be logs, woodchip, used coffee grounds,
cardboard or straw. Includes all materials and equipment provided
for the workshop and follow up support.
* *Mushroom spawn* *and all equipment you need for growing your own
edible and medicinal mushrooms: *Mushroom spawn is the raw material
you need in order to grow mushrooms (a bit like seedlings, but for
mushrooms). This spawn will be produced by ourselves in our own
dedicated small-scale hand-built laboratory located just outside Leeds.
* *Easy grow, mushroom growing kits*: for busy people, one of our
grow-bags will simply need watering regularly & will start to fruit
within a couple of weeks and will carry on fruiting for repeated
harvests (subject to the amount of TLC you give it).
*Pricing: *We haven’t finalized our prices yet, but our prices will be
as reasonable as possible and our workshops will include a sliding scale
to accommodate people on low incomes. Our aim is to make growing your
own mushrooms accessible to all.
*What inspires us?*
Mushrooms (or fungi) have been shown to be vital to soil and ecosystem
health. By cultivating mushrooms we can support the health of our soil
and the ecosystems we live in whilst also growing our own high value,
highly nutritional (protein rich – same as dairy!) and delicious food
source. We are inspired by the work of Paul Stamets, author of
‘Mycelium Running – how mushrooms can help save the world’ and ‘Growing
Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms’. We exist to promote Stamets’ idea of
permaculture with a ‘mycological (fungi related) twist’ as well as
supporting local livelihoods & trading.
Initially we will be supplying a small range of mushroom spawn for sale
by mail order or collection from our base in Leeds. The varieties we
will be selling will include:
Oyster – a delicious and easy to grow gourmet mushroom
Shiitake – a classic gourmet mushroom suitable for growing on logs
Reishi – a wonderful medicinal mushroom, can be taken as a tea as a
powerful health tonic with a whole host of medicinal properties
King Stropharia – Garden Giant mushroom, suitable for cultivation on
woodchip mulch beds amongst herbaceous plants.
Our first spawn runs will be limited quantities so email us asap for
first refusal on orders later this year.
*Our website (soon to be updated): *www.fungi.coop
*Facebook:*Follow us and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep in touch and find
out more: www.facebook.com/hungryfungi
Twitter:*Follow us on Twitter to see pictures of the lab currently being
built, and for all things fungi! www.twitter.com/hungryfungi
*More ways to support us:*
*Offer to pre-order now and pay in advance:* we’ll send you our
pricelist as soon as we have it. It will greatly help us if you
pre-order and especially if you can pay in advance. This will enable us
to plan our production and help with cashflow. It will also mean you
get your order first.
*Donate to the project:* Any donations welcome, please email us if you
are able to donate to Hungry Fungi to help us get up and running. We’ve
got a bit more equipment to buy and we are working on a shoestring; any
donation whatever size will help.
Many thanks and may you have lots of future fun with fungi!
Ali, Behla, Fred & Joanna
The Hungry Fungi clan
p.s. feel free to forward this email to anyone you might think would
like what we’re doing. Thanks.
My gran’s garden was just so busy. Tons of fruit trees: apples, damson, victoria plum, yellow and purple gauges. Massive strawberry bed, huge load of daffodils for cutting for church, massive rows of veggies in the back, and the prettiest garden in the front packed with flowers and shrubs. A huge row of rhubarb, a mint bed under the washing line and raspberries.
It did mean being sent over for picking beans and other veg rather than being sent to the shop.
I wish I had photos of it in mid-summer. Of the branches of the fruit trees being laden down with plums, the soft sweet juicy flesh of a ripe victoria plum eaten out in the sunshine next to lavender bushes buzzing with bees, watching the foxgloves full of bees and butterflies dancing by on the breeze.
Polyculture is when you mix plants up rather than sowing them in huge patches. It can help avoid pest problems by breaking up the smells of plants and making them harder for insects and pests to find.
It is the opposite of monoculture which is the planting of one crop in a space.
Polyculture includes multi-cropping, intercropping, companion planting, and beneficial weeds.
Multi-cropping means having two crops from the space in one season – often radishes can be uses as part of a multicrop system as they grow quickly, but any quick growing crop can be used. They can be used to mark the line of a row of slower to germinate seeds. This harvesting in relay can be useful for getting more food from a small space. The three sisters planting – corn, beans and squash is an example of this.
Inter-cropping is when one crop is grow between the space between another. Some people use garlic – a tall growing plant – to fill in gaps. The garlic never takes much space and so is happy dotted about in gaps. Intercropping can be used with smaller spacing as some of the crop will be removed before taking too much room, allowing the remaining crop more space to grow.
Companion planting – example is when a combination of tomatoes and marigold can be multi-cropped to help deter some tomato pests.
Use of beneficial weeds – can be seen as a green manure waiting to be hoed into the soil. If you remember to hoe before they seed then this is fine. Some weeds can protect plants by keeping away pests either by smell or physically making it hard to get to. Nettles allow early aphids which in turn benefits ladybirds making it a good plan to allow a corner of your space to have some in.
Issues which might occur include not identifying the crops as seedlings if they’re not in rows. More experienced gardeners shouldn’t have this problem.
Some plants may be too vigorous for sharing space with other plants and cause issues over light, air, watering and feed requirements.
Whilst I should be sowing my sprout seeds right now I read about someone who tried to get sprouts to root. Some went mouldy but some put out little roots. So I thought that sounded like a good idea and next time I had sprouts I gave it a go. As not to waste sprouts though I used the bases that get cut off when you’re preparing them.
I also tried it with a savoy cabbage base too.
All of them were put into glass ramikins and stuck on the kitchen windowsill by the sink. The sprouts started first! Little tiny bobbles of sprout. They’re bigger now in this photo and the cabbage is putting out leaf too. The person doing the original experiment has potted hers up. I’ll be doing the same soon!
I’ve also stuck the bases of four leeks in pots of soil. I’d dug them up off the allotment to eat and when I cut the roots off though I’d do something with them too!
Here are the photos of the sprouts and cabbage.
Whether we get any usable growth off the sprouts remains to be seen, but it’s certainly interesting to see things growing. I’m sure we’ve all done the carrot tops in a saucer of water – they grow lots of top growth!
Breeding hellebores – lovely article with pictures: Either choose two quite different varieties or, if you want to concentrate on a particular characteristic or colour, choose those that display unique features.
how to prune your hellebore in the Winter
Hellebores are shade loving plants that flower in the early spring. This makes them a great choice for gardens!
You can grow them from seed – these varieties are at Thompson and Morgan
Hellebore ‘Washfield Doubles’ – 1 packet (10 seeds) £4.99
Breathtaking, double-flowered Hellebores from the Washfield collection, bred to perfection, adding sheer delight to your borders early each year. ‘ T&M are proud to continue the breeding work started over 20 years ago by Hellebore specialist Elizabeth Strangman, and want to share her passion for these intriguing plants with you. ‘ These delightful doubles are in a wide colour range including yellows, greens, blacks, reds, apricots and much more. ‘ Height: 45-60cm (18-24in). ‘ Please note that stock of this item will be available from June 2012. ‘
Hellebore (Christmas Rose) – 1 packet (40 seeds) £0.69
Surprise your friends and neighbours with an arrangement of Christmas roses for the festive season! Beautiful blooms at a time when little else is available. ‘ From seed you can have a group quite close together in a way which would cost you a great deal if you bought the plants. ‘ They flower in about three years from seed and invariably produce stronger, healthier plants. ‘
If you live in Chadderton Failsworth and Hollinwood and are interested in growing some fruit and vegetables then you might be interested to know that a new group is being set up to encourage more of this!
I was thinking about this sort of thing the other day. Getting seeds off to a good start is always easier with a little bottom heat!
Variety of Propogator colours and combination sets in Kitchen Garden range, Propogator
by Stewart Garden
Stewart Garden, the gardening products division of UK manufacturer, Stewart, is set for the sowing season with products and indoor growing sets, creating the Kitchen Garden collection featured in its 2013 Buyer’s Guide.
The collection includes the Electric Kitchen Garden Set, comprising Stewart Garden’s 67cm growing tray, a propagator cover, a 12 watt heater matt, five flower pots and two seed trays. The set is available in lime and mocha with a suggested retail selling price (SRSP) of £34.99.
Stewart Garden’s Herb Pot in mocha and white joins the highly popular lime and white model. With its patented self watering system, four removable pockets for individual planting and water reservoir for easy maintenance, sales of the Herb Pot, with an SRSP of £14.99 in both colours, look set to increase even further in the coming months.
Another highlight is the 38cm Kitchen Garden Propagator Set, complete with a deep gravel tray and vented clear cover, four growing pots and two seed trays. Also available in lime and mocha, this versatile set sells at an SRSP of £9.99.
Full Kitchen Garden products and SRSPs
67cm Electric Kitchen Garden Set (lime, mocha) £34.99
Includes growing tray, propagator cover, 12 watt heater mat, five flower pots, two seed trays
22cm Kitchen Garden Propagator set (lime, mocha) £4.99
Includes deep gravel tray and vented clear cover, four growing pots
2 x 22cm Kitchen Garden Propagator set with 67cm tray (lime, mocha) £14.99
Includes 67cm tray, two x 22cm propagators, five flower pots
Herb Pot (lime and white, mocha and white) £14.99
38cm Kitchen Garden Propagator Set (lime, mocha) £9.99
Includes deep gravel tray with 38cm vented clear cover, four growing pots, two seed trays
67cm Window Sill Growing tray (black) £3.49
With the increasing popularity of grow your own and concerns about seasonal eating, shopping bills and the environment, Stewart Garden’s commitment to the gardening sector is stronger than ever. Major investments are planned for new technology, new products and expanded merchandising and POS support for retailers. The company also works closely with the Carbon Trust to maintain high levels of efficiency and social responsibility.
Probably the easiest way to disturb your neighbours is to be noisy in your
garden. Whether it’s the sound of kids playing, a non-stop waterfall, or the
sound of windchimes, or a lawnmower doesn’t matter. They can all annoy. Often
it’s the starting time and duration that cause the problems.
Lawns need mowing and kids need to play out and get fresh air.
If it’s a reasonable time then it’s fine – just take into account other people
might not get up at the crack of dawn, or they might go to bed earlier than
Another hellish thing you can do to your neighbour is light a bonfire. Do
it whilst they’ve got washing out and you’ll be doubly unpopular. If its a
hot sunny day then it’s just plain mean to light a fire.
Rubbish in your garden
If your garden looks like steptoe’s yard then you might upset your neighbour.
But it’s your garden and as long as it’s not a rat haven or health hazard
there shouldn’t be any issue. They should stop looking!
Frequent loud parties
If you’re a party animal and love to party all night long then being out in
your garden might seem really nice. It might be driving your neighbour mad
though. Invite them and don’t stay outside too late as sound travels much
more at night and you’ll be unpopular!
Wild plants and weeds
If your garden is creeping into theirs then they might not be happy. They’re
allowed to prune anything that overhangs and pass it back to you.