First Fruit in the PawPaw Patch

PawPaw Fruit

The two PawPaw trees finally have fruit on them! This is reportedly the first year they’ve had fruit, even though the two trees are 6 years old. All I did was clear away some weeds in early spring and add some plant-tone and mulch. And here is the beautiful leafy tree, looking very tropical with … Read more

Get out of their way

“Growing in containers is really very easy, if we allow it to be. Our plants are already programmed to become perfect genetic specimens, if only we can learn how to get out of their way by understanding what is limiting them and removing those limitations to the greatest degree to which we’re capable.” – Tapla … Read more

Building a Pond

Here’s a little photo narrative of a lined pond I’m building now. I will add some explanation as I have time.

Spring Flowers Awakening

The bright daffodils have always meant spring to me, but this morning I saw them in a whole new light, thanks to something I read. Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of … Read more

What to do with your new mushroom log.

Your logs are completely maintenance free, after you find a good location for them. Here’s a quick checklist: Set it outside in a mostly shady spot, like the north or north-east side of a structure or under some trees. Don’t put it under cover, since it should get rained on. Keep it off the soil … Read more

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

Yes, you can do that very easily in your backyard. Brevard has an excellent climate for this, being in a temperate rainforest. All you need is: – a small log (or several), 4-8 inches in diameter and about 4 ft long – some mushroom spawn – some melted wax Then drill some evenly spaced holes … Read more