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Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2017 at 7:01am

And I fixed an omelet with morels for breakfast this morning. I'm not "yoking"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2017 at 1:15am

Daniel, they are real treasures. Are you raising them now and do you expect to have eggs from this breed? I'm asking from ignorance of chicken breeds. 

OH! My goodness, Americauna chickens are lovely and their eggs come colored: 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2017 at 4:46pm

Oh, I see them now, after Joan mentioned chicks or ducks.

When I looked at the picture, I couldn't see what it was.  At first, it looked like a 3-D picture on the wall, with Charlie inspecting it.  After a few seconds, I saw that it was a box on the floor, but what was in the upper right corner, I just couldn't figure-out.  It looked like a boar's head, and that's all I saw until I read Joan's post.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:12pm

Daniel, Charlie, inspecting baby chicks? They are not ducks because of the bill shape. They don't look like chicks!

I give up.

Charlie looks as though he has a caregiver feeling toward them.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:10pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 3:19am

Bead, you do a wonderful job of paying attention to problems and finding solutions early! That is the trick of good gardening, look at plants and take action early. 

I appreciate the photos you send, and clearly, the problem was high humidity. Your remedy is perfect in principle, and in practice. 

At this rate, you will be able to have fresh produce all year long, if you want, and you can try new things. You are on your way to a splendid hobby. Good gardening is not luck, it is paying attention and taking action early. 

We had snow yesterday and beautiful sun today. Ah! Spring! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2017 at 7:33am

Wow!  50 Morels.  If I lived close to you, I'd hurry right over and beg for a taste.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 8, 2017 at 7:15am

Yesterday, as I taking a tour around the yard, checking out buds and blossoms, I "tripped" over a little gray morel mushroom. I looked around and, holy cow, I found 50 more of the little boogers! Surprised me because: a) it's been very cold the past 3 weeks, and b) they're two weeks early (on average).

As a kid, it used to be mushroom season during the first week of May. Global warming, evidently, has moved the date up 3 to 4 weeks. By the way, the morels were found around my apple trees, sort of out in the open. Can't wait to fry them up!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2017 at 7:41am

Finally (!), my ordered trees, etc., came. It's been too cold and windy to plant them yet. Maybe this weekend. The Northern James pecan cost me $73! Hope I live long enough to get my money back, although at this point, I don't really care. 

By the way, my other tree is a Blue Damson plum ($22).I also bought a "Dynamite goji berry" bush. It looks small a sickly. I've tried growing one before and failed.

And, surprise! They sent a free azalea plant. It's blooming. I'm not sure if my zone (5) will support it.

Comment by Bead Bum on April 7, 2017 at 12:11am

Hi Joan,

Thanks much for the links and pointers (funny, I had been on the site for the 1st one earlier today!) Of course I just bought seeds recently but I think I’ll still check out the disease resistant varieties, like you suggested.

Since my 1st post some of the leaves developed even more, smaller brown spots, and last night I discovered a white substance on the surface of the clay pebbles of nearly all the pots, both totes. Argh! Disappointing for sure, but, at the same time I’m kind of glad this is happening early on, when I’m in the learning and experimenting stages anyway.

I believe I’ve identified the white substance as salt buildup, not a mold or disease, and most likely it’s related to the nutrient solution. We did have some problems with the scales when weighting that out and it wasn’t as exact as it should be. Another thing to remedy!

As for the brown spots, I’m thinking that may have occurred after the temp. in the grow room was too hot for a couple of days last week and I should have had a fan going to circulate the air in there sooner. Lettuce doesn’t care for heat, and add in the humidity, in a room as opposed to outdoors, and not enough air circulation. It’s easy to see how that would be entirely too hospitable for molds and diseases. So, good air circulation at all times, watch the temp. and humidity.

There are a couple of other mistakes I was making, like the way I was harvesting leaves (not enough).

The greenhouse mix is ready to harvest, which we’ll do tomorrow night and use with some of the romaine. For the next grow I’m aiming for much more accurate weighing of nutrients, and will plant bell peppers, swiss chard and one new lettuce variety.

Nice to meet ya’ll! And thanks again.
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