Look at this DIRTY SMUT!

Look at this DIRTY SMUT!

Does this look familiar to any gardeners out there? This is Ustilago maydis, or corn smut. In Mexico it's called "huitlacoche" and is considered a delicacy. I've never had it infect corn. All I get are those nasty corn borers. My brother's eaten it with some of his Central American friends, and claims it's quite delicious. So I want to try it! More specifically, I want to try to intentionally cultivate it for sale to gourmet restaurants here. What I really need is mature, dry specimens that are old enough to have a significant spore load, so I can infect corn seedlings with it. Any suggestions as to where I can find some? Anyone growing corn this year want to mail me some? I can trade mushroom spawn for your or mushroom kits for the kitchen! My companion planting experiments with elm oyster mushrooms and tomatoes haven't yielded any mushrooms yet, but I have a tomato plant the size of a washing machine. I have to post some pictures of that soon!
Traces of time.

Traces of time.

Luring in  the fae…

Luring in the fae…

Cosmos

Cosmos

Veggie bed 2.0

Veggie bed 2.0

My parents’ garden…

My parents’ garden…

This is the last for now

This is the last for now