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Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Our Mushroom Monday posts have been scant for the last year, and with good reason. In the midst of a drought, with no rain forecast through at least the end of the first week of January, 2013 has now been officially ruled as the driest year on record in the San...
The Death Cap: Amanita phalloides

The Death Cap: Amanita phalloides

It’s no secret that Curbstone Valley is home to a host of species of fungi from fall through spring, and fall means it’s the start of the season.  Amanita season that is. The welfare of all the animals on the farm is our top priority, including our pets,...
Boletus truncatus

Boletus truncatus

It seems early in the season to have such an explosion of fungi growing on the property this year.  The rains started early in October, and the soils have never completely dried out.  This has fostered the growth of an assortment of species of fungi that makes it look...
Amanita muscaria sp.

Amanita muscaria sp.

I’m excited to have found my first Amanita on the property, but frustrated with my own inexperience with this genus.  It’s made it a challenge to narrow down a more specific identification of this fungus in time for Mushroom Monday. However, it’s...