2017 Harvest

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Collecting mushrooms

This week was a bit slow. We had some hot days so I didn't feel like gardening. I spent my days walking around the forests with Nero.
At this time of the year forests are full of mushrooms. There are lots of kind of mushrooms but we pick only 3.

Caesar's Mushroom (amanita caesarea)-Red(orange) mushroom that grows in egg

Penny buns (Boletus edulis) - Very popular mushroom and for this reason it's hard to find them here(people pick up every single mushroom)

And my favorite Parasol mushroom - Macrolepiota procera

I love parasol mushrooms for many reasons. First they are really easy to find. You can spot them from a big distance and that is a great thing when you go mushroom hunting with a dog that is pulling you around all the time.
Second they are really really good for cooking. Some mushrooms can be hard for the stomach but parasol mushrooms are very light.

Here in my country we don't have shaggy parasols and false parasols so there is really no danger in collecting them cause all of parasol mushrooms that grow here are edible. There have been cases of people confusing parasol mushrooms and Death cap( Amanita phalloides) although I really can't understand how can somebody mistake a little green mushroom with 40cm parasol mushroom.

Parasol mushrooms are huge mushrooms that look like white parasols.Like I said they can grow over 40cm. As you can see on this photo, the mushroom I found was 37cm.

Parasol mushrooms also have a big ring that moves up and down the stipe.

Another thing that helps to identify them is that when you turn the mushroom stipe in circle gills have a brownish tone.

I really like to collect parasol mushrooms. This is my loot over this last week.

When I gathered all the mushrooms we got this year we got  5 kilos of mushrooms. It's a nice amount for the next year. Our freezer is filled with mushrooms.

I'll try to collect more if the weather gets better, it's raining like crazy today.
Also I apologize for bad photos. My camera died so I have to use my phone till I fix my camera.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cleaning up

Well as I expected after all the rain we had this gardening year is over. We still harvest beans and carrots but the rest is over.
I had to pull out the rest of the tomatoes cause they are getting sick like the ones I pulled out  before.

This was really difficult to do cause of the wet soil. Even though there was no rain last few days the garden is still as wet as it was before.

Since I have only a month to deep dig the whole garden I've started cleaning up the beds so I could get started with deep digging.
I pulled out all the tomatoes

and poles and removed them from the garden. Tomato plants are in the compost bin and poles in the shed with the rest of them.

Now I have 3 beds for deep digging. After them I'll remove the peppers and harvest the carrots. I really hope I'll finish with digging before November because after October we have big chances of snow.

There was still a lot of tomatoes on the plants so I got them home, maybe they'll ripe here. I also got some beans and few peppers.

Slowly I got close to the time that I absolutely hate in gardening-deep digging. A month of hard and never ending work.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Every day poop walk

Every person that has a dog knows that dogs like every breathing thing need to poop. So does my dog. And twice a day. So every day we take a mile walk so he could do his business. I take him in the morning and my dad in the afternoon. So today I decided to take some photos while we were walking to show you the my village.

Our trip starts in front of our house where he jells at me for being too slow. Every day it's the same thing. I put his harness on him and then he starts whining and houling. He is so loud that one day somebody will think that I'm abusing him when the fact is that he is jumping on my back while I'm trying to put on my shoes.

Then he runs in front of me marking every single spot

Until we get to the woods. He is a good dog in the woods. Maybe because he gets scared really easy.

Here he doesn't go far from me. He just spends his time searching for who knows what while I search for mushrooms, snail shells, interesting leaves...

He even has a his little bowl of water. Actually it's an tree stump that fills with water but he seems to like it.

But like I said I'll be talking about my village. Well I live in a place that has around 300 villagers. It's settled on hills( the highest one is 300m) and it's around 3 km2 long. The capital city of Croatia(Zagreb) is only 20km from us so the number people that live here is growing every day. It seems that more and more people like the silence and forests.
After Nero and I leave the forest we continue our walk on our road.

 You will notice that there are no houses here. In most of the west part of the village where we take walks building is forbidden. Last 2 houses are our house and our neighbors. The only thing that can be built here is as we call them "vine houses." Little wood houses that don't have any water,electricity or solid walls. Just a cabin with enough room for people to hide from storm when they are working in their fields.

The road is really steep but at least we have asphalt now. Until 2 years ago this was a dirt road and it was almost impossible to travel in winter.

When we get on top of the hill there is a big willow tree that marks the highest place. It's here since I was a little girl. And when you stand next to it you get the best view in the village.

Remember I said that my garden is inside the forest. Well here it is. The little red dot is our house and the garden is under the house. You can see that it's completely covered with trees. No wonder nothing grows like it should.

And here are more photos of all the forests that are around us.

  On the other side of the willow tree is an old chapel that marks the end of our village and the spot where Nero and I turn around.

And the reason is simple..first house in the next village has 2 huge dogs that bark like crazy when we walk in front of them so we don't like to upset them. Well I don't, Nero loves it, so he stands next to the chapel till they see him and start barking and then he walks away.

The tree in next to the chapel

We take the same road home(my village from the top of the hill)

Only instead of going in the forest we walk on the road all the way.

Meadow in the middle of the way where Nero plays with other dogs.

And a final climb to the home.

 This was the west part of my village. The east part will have to come some other time.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Crazy weather strikes again

After the last rain I decided that today would be a nice day for planting. So I gathered my bags with lettuce,onions and spinach and went planting.

I've planted 13 rows of Matador spinach

5 rows of onions

and lettuce ( Pancalieri, Nansen and Vegorka)

I also got home some beans

Peppers and a zucchini

So now you are wondering what's with the title...Well this is...

(yes my hands are still brown from walnuts)
This afternoon we had another hail storm. We didn't expect this one cause nobody said we would have a storm. It came out of nowhere and was ravaging for about 30 minutes.
I have no idea how my vegetables are doing. I can't get in the garden but the whole garden was white from hail.

This photos were taken almost half an hour after the storm and the hail was still here.

This year every time we start getting nice harvests something happens and my plants get killed. I only hope the damage will not be too big.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Brown fingers

Guess what I've been doing...

Yes I've been cleaning walnuts. Every year we left them on the tree till they fell down and then we collected them. But recently we noticed that we have a squirrel family that lives next to our walnut tree. So this year we decided to collect walnuts while they are still in their green husk before we end up with a garden filled with empty nuts.
We got half of the walnuts home and the rest will be ready in about a week.
Since I don't like cleaning walnuts when the husk turns brown I used a knife to cut the green husk and get them out.

I couldn't get all of them. So some of the nuts will have to stay in husks till they ripe enough.

But most of them are clean and when they dry a bit I'll leave them to ripe in potato bags.

I have also finished deep digging one of my beds. The weather guys said we will have rainy week so I finished this before so the soil would be well prepared before planting my winter vegetables.