Eating from the garden and the garbage

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At the Starship X Collective, we take turns cooking for each other so that we can eat together every night, and it’s often a goal to creatively use the food we have, rather… Continue reading

Coffee Mushrooms: Day 39

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This morning I noticed that the fruiting bodies were mostly coming from those better-ventilated, dry patches, and that they were heading for the ventilation holes. I looked at the plastic bag we used… Continue reading

Coffee Mushrooms Day 37: Fruiting Bodies!

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Some had given up on our bucket of rotting coffee grounds. I was almost ready to join them. Our booklet said they might take only two weeks to grow oyster mushrooms, but nothing… Continue reading

Wiggles on Collective Living, Terraforming, and Shabbiness

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The Starship or something like it is going into its third year as a collective in Worcester. In many ways I feel as though the first two years it has been trying to… Continue reading

Putting up with each other: Sugar Snap Pea Pickles

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We were awash in peas!  Not just peas, but greens, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, and broccoli.  In one action-packed evening, Jen and Callista not only pickled peas, but also made indian spiced cucumber pickles,… Continue reading

Putting up with each other: Indian Spiced Pickles

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These Indian Spiced Pickles were part of a marathon afternoon/evening in which JB and Callista powered through a ton of pickling and preservation projects!  Ish got hectic.  We pickled snap peas, froze, and… Continue reading

Coffee Mushrooms: Day 18

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We were hoping for mushrooms by day 14, but nothing so far. No bad mold. Dry/brown spots persist near the ventilation holes.

Mushroom update: 1 week

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The coffee grounds + mushroom spawn have now been in the bucket for one week. The big change: the surface of the grounds is covered with white fuzz. I think this is oyster… Continue reading

Starting Mushrooms

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We have big dreams of raising mushrooms, but we have little experience. So our first step is to grow some oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds, using a kit from Fungi Perfecti. First: Get… Continue reading

Diversity of bug tactics

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We have kale in 2 raised beds. In one, it has done amazingly well. Since the beds are along our front walkway, I grab a fresh leaf to snack on every time I… Continue reading