Back to more wacky mushroom stuff. I was trying to grow lettuce in these boxes but it’s been really dry here, so I’m only getting a little germination. I’ve also never grown lettuce, so I may be doing something wrong. The mushrooms are doing fine, though.
The boxes themselves contain a mixture of whole pecans dropped from my tree, worm castings and wood mulch. I tossed some lettuce seeds on the top but I got very little germination. I may try moving some of those tiny seedlings around eventually.
This mushroom (Elm oyster, Hypsizygus ulmarius) is supposed to benefit the plants it grows with. It releases micronutrients in the soil that aren’t readily available to plants, consumes oxygen, releases carbon dioxide, prevents many fungal diseases that attack plant roots, consumes nematodes, and helps soil retain moisture. Unfortunately this species doesn’t fruit in hot weather, so I won’t be able to harvest mushrooms when I’m picking zucchini.