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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Sorghum from Birdseed

It looks like our garden critters are taking things in their own hands by seeding some Sorghum plants from Birdseed!
First I thought it was corn, by looking at the plants leaves...
This was on September 8.
Against the repurposed Umbrella Post with Bird Feeder on top.
Pieter always leaves seed out for the mourning doves and for the brown thrasher, they love to search on the ground. Also the Cardinals and others.
So three plants have grown up from sprouted seeds...
This is close to the Bird Feeder that I mentioned in my previous post.
They seem to be ripening perfectly well—this was on September 21.
We just leave them there for the birds to enjoy later...

Do you see plants growing up from birdseed in your yard?

Monday, September 26, 2022

Our Bird Feeder with Dried Mealworms atop Umbrella Pole

 Keeping such a vast estate up to date in every area, is quite an upkeep.
But it is oh so rewarding to see HAPPY BIRDS around.
Bird Feeder with plexiglass front and back so we can see how much they ate...
Dried Mealworms with some sunflower seeds and other bird feed mixed in.
Pieter did start purchasing these dried mealworms for the baby birds from our Eastern Phoebe end of May, that had a nest in our front porch. See post below.
The Carolina Wrens go in there often, pick out one worm and hack it to pieces somewhere on a tree trunk.
We left the thick slice of the oak tree's stump on the ground—for that purpose.
Also the perfectly sawn off oak tree trunk serves as a feeding table for lots of birds—and squirrels of course.
But they too have to live... We saw one with a severe bot fly warbles under its skin—the dreaded Cuterebra emasculator Fitch.
Pieter leaves peanuts in the shell for the squirrels and sunflower seeds.

Are you feeding birds and using dried mealworms as well?

Saturday, September 24, 2022

AMAZING recovery of Japanese Magnolia—after getting LIGHT and FOOD!

 With our HUGE oak tree now gone, there is more LIGHT + FOOD available for this beauty.
On the side, where once that HUGE oak tree took away all the light, and no doubt most of the food and moisture available, now some healthy NEW branches did sprout off!
Our Japanese Magnolia or  Magnolia x soulangeana is next to the vinyl picket fence.
A bird house (a Carolina wren residence) and also a hummingbird feeder make it into a favorite tree for birds.
From our breakfast area, we did notice another NEW shoot off branch right in the middle—look at the size of its leaves!
Vinyl picket fence is visible below...
It was rather hard to capture but here you see its enormous size leaves!
Happy and Healthy...
And, already on September 8, I noticed that all the BUDS for next spring were formed already!
Soft, hairy buds—waiting for the spring and here they bloom as early as February 12; often on my Mom's Birthday...
As I've always said, give a tree about 5 years to restore its shape and health after removing another big tree that stole light, food and moisture.
Looking forward to seeing it in the spring!

Have you seen some trees or shrubs recovering that way after creating more room/space for them?

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