Podcast of the Week – Growing Backyard Mushrooms


Source Wikimedia Commons Cultivo de shiitake (Lentinula edodes) en Pradejón (La Rioja), localidad líder en el cultivo de champiñón y setas en España.

Imagine planting a crop that produces for up to 8 years !

Growing Mushrooms


Plant of the Week – Beer Hops

A Clockwise Spiral to the Sun

In a race for the sun, Hops pop up early, and just keep going. As is typical of herbaceous perennials they die back to the ground level every fall, but by August the bines will be over 4 meters high. Humulus Lupulus is in the Cannabaceae pant family.

Plant of the Week – Lemon Thyme

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Lemon Thyme – source Wikimedia Commons 

Lemon thyme (Thymus x citrodorus) grows well in a sunny garden location or as part of container herb garden. Small flowers arrive in the summer and attract lots of bees.

Lemon thyme is an excellent culinary variety and combines well with chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. In addition to having a wonderful flavor, the leaves of lemon thyme are excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, and potassium. Lemon thyme also contains Vitamins C, A and B-6.

Lemon thyme dries well and the left over woody stems can be laid over charcoal when barbecuing to flavor the smoke.









Sunrise, Sunset and Shakespeare


The Sponsa Solis flower opens at the rising of the sun and closes at its setting. We like to call it a Marsh Marigold and botanists call it Caltha palustris. This wonderful pond plant has a long bloom time of April to June, has been used as a medicinal plant in the past, and has even made it into the theater !

‘Winking Marybuds begin to ope their golden eyes.’ ( Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline ii.3)