The soil reveals

Whilst making up an order with a seed company for next year’s garden delights, I remembered that I had meant to sow some more broad beans before it’s too late. Well, it might not be too late, anyway, because they can grow next spring but I would rather see shoots than soil overwinter.

On that note, I’ve been wondering about the garlic bulbils. Would they do anything? Fortunately, a bit of subsidence on their hugel bed meant that one of them was in full view and looking healthy, perhaps a little bigger than when it went in, too. So, hopefully it and its siblings will start sprouting soon.

The soil on the bulbil is from my covering it up before I realised the photo opportunity.

The soil where I sowed the broad beans today also had its revelation. This time it was the root of a fungus – I’m inclined to call it a mushroom because it did look very much like one. And it is not the first fungus to appear on this hugel bed.

Photo taken on 2 October 2016

I would never eat any of these fungi with my current inability to distinguish poisonous from safe. However, it would be great to have edible mushrooms from my own back garden. Failing that, a name for the volunteers would be interesting. Next year, I might seek out a mushroom identification course then.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to The soil reveals

  1. Awesome update thank for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  2. Like you, I would never venture into mushroom consumption without an expert. I’m glad you’re still seeing wonderful signs of life though.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it is quite intriguing. Perhaps I simply notice more now, Alys, or activity in the garden is changing as it is cleansed of the past owners use of glysophate etc.


    People in my town eat loads of one particular wild mushroom. I tried some that somebody else swore were absolutely fine, and they were very odd tasting and not particularly nice. My sister says no no no, never eat what somebody else gives you unless you have a spare kidney in the fridge.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, better to avoid unless it is bought from a reputable store or you as an expert have picked it.

      At least your experience was more disappointing than harmful.

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