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The greenhouse is jam packed with plants

I've built some hoop house frames to protect my plants with- the combined forces of chickens and kittens diggint hings up is proving to be a bit much.

They're tanalised timber frames with mdpe waterpipe hoops, covered in insect mesh, butterfly mesh or polytunnel plastic to create various different microclimates. Have to se ehow long they last, the kittens play on them.



We've been doing a beekeeping course with Chesterfield and District Beekeeping Association. It involved two days of theory, and five visits to various apiaries to handle the bees and get some experience.

Bees are fascinating. A few interesting facts:
- They wear out, rather than get old. Bees in summer doing lots of flying only live about 6 weeks, in Winter when they stay indoors those same bees can live six months.
- Drone bees are freeloaders, they get kicked out of the hive at the end of the year
- Whilst the Queen Bee does run the hive- the workers can revolt, off her and raise a new queen, if they feel like it.

Funghi, cont.


So I was lamenting how rubbish I was at growing mushrooms, and claiming I would try one final time. Well, an update on how this is going:

- Shitaki logs are still there. They sit on a pallet off the ground, under the canopy of a tree in the shade, and I soak them in a bucket every fortnight or so. The logs still seem really dry, but then I don't really know what I am looking for!

- Wine cap patch- certainly under the straw (which all sprouted, oops!) the mycelium is growing strongly! So I have high hopes for mushrooms eventually.

- Oyster mushrooms- abandoned in their myco bags to the corner of the spare bedroom, but the mycelium had been growing.

Just yesterday I was trying to count how many weeks they'd been there, and if I should move onto the next step (which is opening up the bags to allow airflow and putting them in the light to encourage fruiting). To realise they'd started without me.

554g of oyster mushrooms! And that's only two bags out of the seven, and there's much more in the fruited bags yet! I'm leaving the bags indoors, if only because the greenhouse is jam-packed at the moment and I have nowhere else outside to protect them from critters right now.