Stone work is something we find ourselves doing more and more often here at Stone Soup Gardens. From retaining walls, to rockeries, to patios, we do our best to fit our client's needs with something beautiful, long lasting, and creative.
One such project is in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Our client was in the process of putting on a new deck, and wanted to create a more useable space in their backyard. While the yard is fairly small and rectangular, it had a good deal of space for a couple of raised beds, a nice area for a hummingbird habitat, and the perfect spot under the stairs for a mushroom patch.
We installed two beautiful raised beds with extended planks for outdoor seating. Once those were completed we started on the patio. Since the backyard is generally in shade, the client's wanted something permeable but walkable during our long wet winters. The client had a decent pile of used bricks from a previous project, so we rounded up a selection of used brick from our local salvage store to complement the design.
The client also asked that we make room for a lovely Buddha statue and fountain, which we also installed, to create a quiet meditative place that will flower and bloom during the year. We are still putting the finishing touches on the place now, but I think it will be a wonderful garden retreat for our clients in the years to come!
Our class this weekend was a great success. We had mushroom lovers spread out all over the living room. Each had a unique reason for coming, and all of them left a bit more confident in farming and finding edible mushrooms.
Some of our attendees are having mushroom patches installed into their own yards, and attended the class to find out more about what they will be growing, how to get started, what to expect, and how to harvest. Each got to take a tour of the wine cap patch we have at Stone Soup, as well as see what a shiitake looks like growing on a log.
Others were more interested in getting a leg up in mushroom identification for foraging in the wild. We talked about a few varieties that I find particularly delicious, and discussed best practices for identifying them, how to harvest, and what conditions they grow best in. I had also foraged several different types myself the weekend before, and had those on hand for a bit of show and tell.
There were lots of great questions and comments, and I look forward to hosting the class again in the future. If you are interested in hosting a mushroom class, or would like more information on how to grow mushrooms at your home, contact Stone Soup Gardens. We love to talk mushrooms. Happy growing and happy hunting!
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