Rain, mud and fungi

It’s been raining heavily in Brisbane for weeks. Plenty of rain and mud down at the allotment.  I am lucky enough to own a pair of really good rubber gardening shoes so I can still enjoy a visit to the farm without getting my feet wet.

With the ground being so wet there is not much I can do in the allotment so I’ve been working on improving the footpaths. Plenty of nut grass was running a bit wild along the footpaths so I’ve been digging that out, then I cover the cleared ground with an anti-weed mat. You can do this with old carpet or a thick layer of wet newspapers. Then I cover with wood chip.

When I went to the farm yesterday this is what was growing in the wood chip pile next to my allotment.

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Good to see something’s growing well over at the allotment, but I won’t be frying it with my bacon and eggs.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 08:21:11

    Your fungi look like a different variety to my ‘crop’… Yours lock quite exotic! Lol

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Mar 12, 2013 @ 08:48:46

      Hello Maria. It’s fungi heaven over at the allotments. Another thing but less welcome is the growing army of mozzies. I’m bitten all over since the ground is waterlogged. In the past they are only a problem at teatime but they are out and biting all times of the day. No chemicals used on the allotments and the community garden. But hope the no-chemicals rule doesn’t apply to me as I now spray myself with insect repellant when I go over to the allotment.

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  2. livingsimplyfree
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 09:01:40

    I hope things dry out for you soon. Your fungi looks so pretty hate that I am terrified of eating any wild shrooms as I don’t know enough about them to feel comfortable.

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  3. narf77
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 13:33:54

    Could you spare us down here in Tassie a few drops of rain please? We won’t be getting any for at least a month apparently and we have had 1 rain “event” since November! You would be amazed to see just how dry things are down here on the Apple isle. We are known for our cold but for weeks now we have been hovering around 30C and this week 30+. I think we have taken on Perths weather! I will soon be out on the deck desperately doing a rain dance if this keeps up for much longer. Glad you have fungi…that soothes my inner savage beast for a bit 🙂

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  4. lyndellmaree
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 10:17:17

    doesn’t look like the rain will stop anytime soon either!

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  5. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 06:15:39

    It is usually either snowing or raining here….lots of rain. We did have a reprieve yesterday, a bit of summer weather, high 70’s. It was great! Today, back to rain, and I couldn’t make it up the driveway due to the mud. So, I broke down and called the gravel man.

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  6. notjustgreenfingers
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 04:49:28

    It’s been snowing here in the UK again….it’s so cold today

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  7. MrsYub
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 16:27:31

    I’m really jealous of your rain! We are still wa-a-ay hot and dry here, I’ve barely gone near the computer because the temperature is so sweaty! I think your fungi looks quite pretty! Hey, do you grow mushrooms? Just as a passing thought. I want to, but will not try till it cools off a bit.

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  8. Live and Learn-Toss and Turn
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 21:10:29

    Good luck with your nut grass. I’ve had a lot of trouble getting rid of it. It has been known to easily penetrate any weed mat I have used. The best I’ve been able to do is to keep it in one area.

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  9. Anna B
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 18:37:26

    Funny when a crop of fungi appears out of nowhere! I used to have stink horn in the allotment when I first took it on, now that was a strange sight!! Hope the rain passes soon.. : )

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 13:06:37

      The rain does seem to have passed by now Anna. The allotment is starting to get more interesting again as we get over the heat and rainy season during the summer months. Now it’s autumn which is a great growing season here in Brisbane and I’ve put lots of new little seedlings in.

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