Sunday, May 02, 2010

Morel Madness

I love mushrooms, especially the kind you can eat. My favorite are the morels. One of my crazy dreams for my garden was that morel mushrooms would miraculously start growing in my garden. It was just a crazy dream, I knew. I mean, as you can probably see from many of my garden pictures, I live right in the city. And morels are notorious for being elusive woodland mushrooms. But a girl can dream, right?

Three springs ago I actually found a morel in my garden -- and it was HUGE!! It was already too ripe to eat, but I was very excited for the future.

Last year, I had two HUGE morel mushroom and a regular sized one. The two huge ones, ironically enough, were too ripe to eat by the time that we found them, but my son and I ate the other - and it was delicious!

This year, I really do believe that dreams can come true. I found 15 morels! They jumped the 20 feet from the white pine shade garden to my main garden and the move really agreed with them! Most were huge again, but there were a few small ones. They mostly took up spots under shrubs, but I found a few out in the open, basking in the sun. When I find them, I keep them well watered. We have even enjoyed a few morels for snacks. Most are going to be left to spore and hopefully take over my garden.

A girl can dream, can't she?


Blogger Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I'm so impressed! For all the various fungi we found here this winter and early spring, not a single morel revealed itself here. I looked, hard, but nope, not a one. They seem to be very happy in your garden though!

5/03/2010 3:25 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Curbstone Valley Farm, I'm happy that they are happy. Now that I have them, I have been searching the internet to find out how to keep them happy. My instincts on watering were good. I figure with so many mushrooms this year, the mycelium must be pretty strong.

5/03/2010 5:41 PM  
Blogger The Idiot Gardener said...

I envy you those; I love morels! You see, life just isn't fair. I have dandelions!

5/04/2010 5:38 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

The Idiot Gardener, pure dumb luck is how I got these. I use compost from the community site and there must have been spores in some of it. OR it could be the mushroom fairy and the giant morel statues I put in my garden to encourage the forces of nature to send mushrooms. Sort of like duck decoys, but with mushrooms.

5/04/2010 10:27 AM  
Blogger Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That's pretty amazing!

5/04/2010 10:42 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress, I thought so. If you pass by my house you may see me out in the garden squealing with delight, or crawling around on my belly looking for more :) Although my most recent finds have been so huge, no need to crawl at all!

5/04/2010 5:20 PM  
Blogger debsgarden said...

Wow! Those are amazing. I have never seen morels here. We do occasionally grow fungi that look like they are from another planet. I would be terrified to eat any of them!

5/04/2010 8:49 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

DebsGarden, I've eaten morels while living in the Northwoods (of Wisconsin), but until just a few years ago, I have never found a morel either - even though they are supposed to grow all over Wisconsin. The first one I ever found was in my own yard!
As for eating them, I only do because they are so easy to identify and so darn nummy!

5/04/2010 8:58 PM  
Anonymous wiseacre said...

The signs are telling me I need to start looking for Morels. I found a Dryad Saddle mushroom yesterday and the Lilacs are beginning to bloom.

I usually find common Morels in grassy areas near dead Elm trees. Another good spot to look is around old apple orchards.

5/05/2010 8:12 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Wiseacre, another nice thing about having morels in your backyard is that you know exactly when to go out looking for them in the wild :)

I will keep these two trees in mind when I go out looking.

5/05/2010 10:29 AM  
Anonymous dining room tables said...

It is nice to see that you captured the beauty of those during this time of the year!

5/05/2010 10:30 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

dining room tables, there will be more to come.

5/05/2010 10:31 AM  

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