Nanabush Food Forest Stories

The Giants of the Garden

The King Stropharia mushroom beds we created last year are starting to fruit!  It's fun to watch them push through the wood chips and rise up...  it will be very difficult to leave one in order to see it grow to its true potential.  These delicious mushrooms are also known as the Garden Giant, and can grow rather large, imagine a small umbrella... For now, we will harvest them at a more appropriate size of 6" in height, while the cap is still a pretty shade of burgundy wine. This mushroom is very beneficial in a food forest, as it...

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Spring has Sprung

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Spring has Sprung

From a distance the food forests still appear somewhat dormant, or at least sleepy...  but as you walk around and take a closer look, you see a tremendous amount of activity, beauty and promise. Haskaps and strawberries are flowering away, currants and gooseberries soon to follow... rhubarb is a serious go, and a new find, the lingonberries have joined the race!  Such sweet little plants...  

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Nanabush Food Forests Under Construction

This has a double meaning...   We are building new hugelkultur mounds at our flagship forest (check out the photo as we begin to layout the base).   We are also designing and planning to start planting 2 new food forests in the City of Ottawa.  More details to follow... SOON!

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Magnificent Maitake : the Dancing Mushroom

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Magnificent Maitake : the Dancing Mushroom

We were fortunate to return to the site of a previous year's discovery to find a nice 2016 harvest of maitake mushrooms.  It was a pleasant surprise given the drought and heat of the summer.   Not only do these mushrooms taste delicious, but they also pack a nutritional and medicinal punch (with 25% protein, loads of B-vitamins, glucose moderating and anti-tumour effects).

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Last Year was Nuts!

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Having failed to report news in a timely manner, let's go with better late than never...  it was thrilling to have our first (small) crop of hazelnuts from 4 year old trees.  Check out some of the hazel close-ups (of both nuts and the male flowers a.k.a. catkins that form in the fall)!  

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