Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring gardening

Hello it has been quite some time since I've been posting. I have been researching lots of sterile techniques in the liquid mycelium sense. It has been quite an adventure and I am now understanding how fast we can inoculate large tracts of land with nothing but sugar water, a sprayer, substrate and time. Let's clean up and grow some dirt!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mushroom Kits

NOTE: If mushrooms grow out of your kit that DO NOT resemble the picture below(Stropharia rugoso-annulata) Please be cautious. We use non sterile growing conditions which means we do not use a large Lab like environment. We grow in Nature where foreign spores from all over the world are present. Sometimes other mushrooms do grow- do not be worried if you wait the Stropharia mushrooms should come through and fruit for you. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact us at 
email. farmerwilkes@gmail.com



If you have bought a Mushroom Kit from us you might be still unsure of what exactly to do with it. Here are a couple of choices....

1>> Put it on your coffee table with a drip plate under it and watch it come to life, giving it frequent a misting on the surface with water.


2>> Dig a hole in the sunniest place in your garden the size of your pot and plant the entire pot in the ground. I often put a plant next to it and just to remember to water it every so often. When I bury the pot I only bury half the depth of the pot so as the sun will keep the spawn warm. This is a reason why we use black pots--warmth..the mycelium of the Garden Giant loves the warmth.

The first option will fruit much sooner because of being in doors whereas the later will take longer because it is still cold outside.

Happy growing
If These mushrooms below grow out of your kits they are called an Agrocype. They have not been scientifically tested for constituents although we have been eating them for a couple of weeks and are absolutely delicious. I cannot recommend you eat them although ..... the choice is yours. They have the exact same action as the stropharia in the plant to soil to especially worm relationship.
Enjoy 






Monday, February 18, 2013

Gardening the Mycelium

Lets start right off by recapping why I do What I do- That is growing soil or better yet Initiating Food Chains. The first picture is of soil that was leveled by a machine in order to create space for a garden.
Before
The next picture is of the very same soil after having mycelium of the Garden Giant grow on top of it and not dug into it for 10 months using wood chip of Alder (Alnus rhombifolia).
After
This remarkable difference in the transformation between barely being able to grow a tree, to the tree having a very friendly environment. This transformation that I have previously documented in the Salish Mine Project in Sechelt BC. Taking a barren, inhospitable environment and making it an oasis in just one or two seasons is incredible. The regenerative possibilities are endless so I continue to journey into the unknown in search of investors willing to turn their destroyed land into a paradise.
I Love This Job!!!! 

For the upcoming Seedy Saturday in Roberts Creek British Columbia, we have constructed 1 gallon pots filled with a mixture of straw, fresh alder wood chips, spawn of Stropharia rugoso annulata, coffee chaf and a couple secret ingredients for superior production.
straw soaking in water
fresh ramial wood chips
fresh mycelium (white)
By adding these all together into 1 gallon pots we came up with these portable kits to bring home for the mushroom growing enthusiast.
Just think that if you expanded this kit into an acre of land how much life would come there to feast on the bounty- I have seen it and it is incredible and inspiring. My little part....
Mushroom Kits
Just remember that if the mushrooms you grow don't look like these, than properly identify them before consumption. The Garden Giants look very similar to meaty portabella mushrooms with a more musky wine flavor.
Garden Giants growing in the Swiss Chard
The Funguy and Friends



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Gardening with the Seasons Part 4--Winter



Winter in Coastal BC for me is quite active. I need this time to reflect on my last years experiences. All my lessons learned like my failed Ginger experiment. Of all the things I used peat that I found out later had a PH of 2.5. I guess that was a great reason they got 1 1/2 feet tall then just stopped everything. Lesson Learned!! Also the great breakthroughs with the fungi beds. One was planting  Crimson Clover immediately on top of the newly created mushroom patch. This really aided in the process of the digestion of the wood chips. It also created and environment for birds to nest and in an otherwise inhospitable environment, and as well as many other advantages. It also aided to conserve water in complete exposure to the sun. The patch that I am mentioning was not watered after the middle of summer.
Back to Winter Growing with Mycelium. Usually if you live in Canada the ground is completely frozen and unable to manipulate- not here on the Sunshine Coast. The Baby crows have all hatched in the trees beside my gardens and the worms will soon be hatching in the soil. I have been making piles of soil in preparation for local sales- Yes the first of Funguy Gardens Fungi created soil. I have allowed it to sit for 1 year from time of chipping/inoculation until now. As far as I can tell I will be the first person to produce fungi soil, amend it then sell it. I am going to sell it as a soil conditioner or amendment. It will be for outdoor use only and customers will be warned that if they forget to water the plants that have the soil they will be hurting the worms that are coming with it. I will be calling it ALIVE because it is. So now that everyone is going through all their seed catalogs and getting their heads wrapped around design and plants in their gardens this year people will get a great start with Funguy Soil complete with Micorrhizal Fungi and beneficial Minerals.   Now that I am finished with my sales pitch here is a great place to go to get some warm in your garden for years to come.

Heat your Greenhouse or even your home with A wood chip pile
Jean Pain Digester


http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/methane_pain.html

There are many newer models but this is the original. Enjoy and create the change that you were born to lead!!
Happy growing!!!
The Funguy

http://ingienous.com/?page_id=8365

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Micchoryzae and Black Currants

Last fall I was asked to participate in planting 2 different varieties of Black Currents- one Tiben and the other Blackcomb. We planted roughly 1,000, 2 year old cuttings. If this was blueberries I would have had doubts on them living through this planting treatment. The black currants arrived in boxes from the supplier on Vancouver Island.
The precipitation this year across the continent was very dry- with lots of records. I felt that this was going to be a very wet fall because of the tension of the dry past. The farmland located in Gibsons BC was cleared of 6 acres finishing in the early fall of 2012.
The land had been harvested of its timber numerous times over the years and was mostly covered with mature alders, very mature big leaf maple trees and a dense understory of salmon berries and red elderberries.
This is what a freshly cleared piece of land looks like in late November in coastal BC. After heavy rains in the early part of November. As you can see I was making channels for the water runoff.
This is by far the most undesirable time to plant, although if the farmer did not plant the currents they would have had to be preserved until next year and this would have weakened them considerably.
The only hope for these currants was the generous 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Michorrhizea purchased form Fungi Perfecti in Washington, US and of course the experience of myself "The Funguy". This powder is a real friend of the plants. It goes right to the roots forming tiny to microscopic threads that stretch out into the world looking for nutrition and hospitable environments. The powder form of michorrhizae is most recommended for this planting by a sprinkling in the bottom of the hole so as to initiate direct contact to the roots.
When this contact happens under the right fungi environment the changes are incredible. Tiny threadlike substances emerge from the spores and begin their search for plant roots. Imagine how the roots of just the current grow under normal circumstances- now imagine this threadlike substance attaching itself to you and reaching its arms out into places looking for all the nutrition you need for a healthy robust life. In turn you give the fungi sugars. Sounds like a pretty good match this plant to fungi relationship. So Even under these circumstance above I have complete knowing that the plants will thrive with vigor this coming spring for years to come.


And here are some local picks last fall around Gibsons and Roberts Creek
Oregon Red Reishi
by Dan Mycoman
Golden Chanterelles
by Dan Mycoman
Turkey Tails
By Dan Mycoman
 Food And Medicine


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gardening with the Seasons Part 3 Spring

Spring is generally the busiest time of the year for my business. Many people feel the push to get things done and generally have too many things to acconmplish so they give me a call- Like a Garden Doctor to the Rescue. This is great for me although it leaves me with figuring out ways to keep my home garden to as low maintenance as possible. After working all day in the field the last thing you want to do is bend over and put the transplants into your own garden. Except for one time of the day--- First thing in the morning- You wake up with the energy of spring bright and early and that is a great time of day to put in transplants(hardened off) or seeding time. Some people meditate- i use the garden as a meditation.... from this you will learn what your garden truely wants. When you turn those early mornings into ritual planting time then you will get dreams of intuition into what the garden wants. Your intuition is not someting you will ever learn from a gardening book. Intuition when you are in your garden will leave you less panicked to "get things done". Spring time should be about checking under your leaves and seeing all that native micchoryzea and scooping some up and mixing it with your transplant mediums to get that great start. Yup I just gave you a big trick for transplants! You should not have build new beds because that ideally would have been done in the fall and mulched for the winter. Assesing your soil is great this time of year to feel if it needs anything for the coming season. If it is heavy then lighten it up.
Fresh Cauliflower on Elphinstone Farm

I generally don't put to much mulch onto the beds in the spring because the earth is trying to warm up and mulch will cool it. Without mulch covering your soil in the springtime you get to catch all the plants wanting to sprout up in your beds and deal with them while they are exerting most of their energy, getting to them before they seed out. But remember that every time you disturb the soil you are unfolding a whole new set of seeds wanting to grow.
Some farmers identify what types of plants are wanting to grow and if they can cutting off their tops above the soil layer as to not disturb the soil. Then when they are about to seed their desired crops they seed 10x more then recommended. This smothers out undesired plants from germinating. After which they simply thin the weaker seedlings to the desired spacing. This method seems to cost more in seed and initial labor but getting to the place of having only your strongest plants growing and next to no undesired plants growing your summer will be spent drinking more wine and enjoying your garden in a non-stressed state.
So Two Rules Of Spring   
1-Work on your garden before you go work for the Man
2- Spend time in quiet contemplation in your space of peace to get guidance

And Ohh yes pre-order your micchoryzea before you go to plant those seeds!!!!   

Friday, August 17, 2012

Growing With Mother Earth

The more I dive into the world of farming or should I say communing with nature, the more I feel part of the truth that we are all looking for. We all want to feel connected to the land and my way is to give the land not as much but more than I take away at harvest. Imagine if every year you have worked your field, the soil got richer- I mean the organic content slowly rose and more life came to it!?!? Well when I look out at my garden this year and see that it has not been really used to grow many crops(because I just had another beautiful child and I wanted to spend lots of time with the family this summer). So instead of feeling bad, I pull myself back and see all that rich manure and layers of seaweed, mixed with yet more mycorrhizae from "Fungi Perfecti" and mycelium of the King Stropharia that I added to it in the spring. This makes me think that I did the best thing for the garden. That is to let it rest from growing crops for this summer so as to let the land take the time to incorporate these new ingredients into the matrix. When it is finished around late summer I will seed those ever faithful kales and rapinis for the winter months through to the spring when fresh food prices are high and nutrition is needed. Do you SEE the image that is forming with this paradigm around growing your garden??? This is also a great way to take advantage of niche markets around providing fresh food when not many people have it available in the cold months.
Hint--- You take a large part of your garden and add all the ingredients like wood mulch or ramial wood chips from deciduous trees, manure, seaweed, and compost from last year, along with minerals like glacial rock dust and bentonite clay. You add these ingredients and maybe a bunch of organic fertilizer and fresh grass clippings to speed it all up. Remember we are adding all this right into the bed or area of future growing. You then leave this to "mingle" for the summer months when the weather is warm and activity is at its highest. By midsummer you have something incredible- you have a GARDEN. WOW!!! Was that hard or what- this area will now be the new powerhouse of your land. I plant this immediately with a mixture of Kale and Rapini, side dressed with one of the best fungal allies I know of --Crimson Clover- So I am talking the middle of July and I started all this around the end of March in coastal BC where we are starting to get some warmer weather.
This technique will give you over 5 years of fantastic growing conditions if you put in at least 3 inches of deciduous ramial wood chips. There is a manure that comes close and is Goat-if they eat lots of lignan fiber- meaning bark and woody substances- that lasts upward of 2 - 2 1/2 years in your soil without having to add to it- and please if someone disagrees please leave a comment- knowledge is power! 
Your land is now alive!!! The magic of nature!!!
YOU CAN DO THIS TO ANY LAND WITHOUT ALMOST ANY WATER!!!!
You can do this technique in a desert or a parcel of farmland that has been desertified by the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. 
This is my present to the world- take back your land and grow food for you and your immediate community- not some other country. When you practice this technique tell your neighbour farmer or grower to come by and practice it as well.
I just remembered what you are going to ask??? Where do I get the fungal ingredients???
answer- spores are on everything, and by creating an environment of humidity from the cut spring grass and the wood chips you will trigger wild fungal allies. I recommend if you live in a very arid place to grow grass over this area until the soil is formed adequately and this you will know by intermittent observation over the months- usually 6. This will help hold precious moisture and create the optimal environment for mycorrhizae to thrive. If not grass then back to Crimson Clover.
By bringing the level of organic matter dramatically UP in the soil the plants CANNOT uptake the dangerous heavy metals present so as when you eat the food- it becomes not only safe to eat but healthy as well. It is up to you people. For your family and community- trade only with outside what you cannot provide for inside, and only if necessary.
Happy Growing