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Photographic opportunities are endless on our smallholding October 22, 2011


Photographic opportunities are endless on our smallholding

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Scottish Wild Mushroom Code September 26, 2011


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Scottish Wild Mushroom Code – Wild mushroom, what and how to collect?

It’s a very good year for fungi, and we have quite a range of mushrooms in our wood that I like to look at but am too cautious to try to eat.  But for those of you who are more adventurous than I am here is some useful information:

What to collect

  • Wildlife, especially insects, need mushrooms too, so only pick what you will use.
  • Some mushrooms are poisonous and others rare and should not be collected – only collect what you know and take a field guide with you to identify mushrooms where you find them.
  • Some species are vulnerable, so please consider whether there is an alternative species that is more common that might suit your purpose.

How to collect

  • Allow mushrooms to release spores, do not pick mushrooms until the cap has opened out and leave those that are past their best.
  • The main part of the mushroom is below the surface; take care not to damage or trample it and not to disturb its surroundings.
  • Scatter trimmings discreetly in the same area as the mushroom came from.

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Wild Food September 9, 2011

Filed under: articles archive,autumn,free food — fifesmallholder @ 12:42 am
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Wild Food

I love this time of year (autumn)  on the smallholding, when there are lots of free wild food to eat, pickle, and add to desserts.

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Butterflies August 7, 2011


The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) is...

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I rescued a tortoiseshell butterfly today -there are so few of them this year I guess they need all the help they can get. Perhaps I should make a nectar feeder?

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