The weirdest thing to grow in any garden (ever)

1 Nov

Well after a long break (more about that soon), finally an update on the garden.

So much has been happening that I’m not sure how to begin, but how about with what I found growing in the shadehouse over the weekend.

 This my friends, is a mushroom. Certainly not one that I will choose to eat, but apparently a type of stinkhorn fungus, and it isn’t likely to kill anyone. I have these things growing fairly prolifically in the leaf litter in the shadehouse. They are long, spongey in texture and don’t smell the best if you sink your nose into them.

If it wasn’t for their pong-iness, I might be tempted to make a bouquet.

So onto other red things growing in my garden – my early tomatoes have been a roaring success. These were the variety ‘Stupice’, and they have ripened beautifully over the past week.

This is the first one I picked, and there has been maybe 10 since. They are on the small side, and quite varied in shape, from this type, to smaller round ones and larger ‘bum shaped’ ones as my sister put it. The flavour is definitely better than the supermarket, but not what I would call fantastic. About what I expected from an early variety.

In addition to the earlys, I have about 20 other plants in large pots (Tigerella, Black Cherry, Grosse Lisse, Brandywine, Tommy Toe) and 12 San Marzano seedings still waiting to be planted out. My aim is to have more than I can possible deal with, then a huge late crop of San Marzanos for a monster batch of passata for bottling.

The tigerellas already have fruit!

6 Responses to “The weirdest thing to grow in any garden (ever)”

  1. Sarah November 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    That’s one scary looking mushroom!

  2. the green backyard November 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Stinkhorn sounds like an appropriate name then! Very jealous of all the yummy tomatoes you will be getting soon.

  3. Liz November 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Cool stinkhorn! Tomatoes in October – occasionally even a committed Melbournite like myself gets a little bit jealous of Sydney…….

  4. Asydfoodie November 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    I had some of those growing last year. They seen to like damp conditions.

  5. ali November 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Dare you to take a bite 😀


  1. Tomatoes these days… *sigh* « 500m2 in Sydney - December 7, 2011

    […] year I planned big. I had a decent early crop of Stupice, and I grew approximately 50 other plants from seed. I gave some away and kept about 40. I planned […]

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