Good Garden https://goodgarden.nz/ Decomposition Diary en-us Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:50:26 +1300 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:50:26 +1300 Kokihi, native spinach pea straw mulch https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/kokihi-native-spinach-pea-straw-mulch Tue, 05 Oct 2021 07:36:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/kokihi-native-spinach-pea-straw-mulch Kokihi, also known as our native spinach grows abundantly in my garden. This provides a great resource for creating a chop and drop pea straw replacement.

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Lichen https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/lichen Mon, 27 Sep 2021 08:06:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/lichen A lichen is made up of at least two living things – a fungus (which cannot make its own food) and an organism that photosynthesises (makes food using sunlight), such as an alga or a cyanobacterium. Together, they form the lichen’s body.


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Walking Trees, Parasitic Flowers, and Other Remarkable Plants https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/walking-trees-parasitic-flowers-and-other-remarkable-plants Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:08:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/walking-trees-parasitic-flowers-and-other-remarkable-plants MIT: thereader.mitpress.mit.edu

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Matilda https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/matilda Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:47:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/matilda ]]> Cordycipitaceae (family) https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/cordycipitaceae-family Sat, 11 Sep 2021 12:51:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/cordycipitaceae-family More commonly known as the zombie fungus, Cordyceps infects insects, taking control of motor functions through a process that is still a mystery to science. The fungi then effectively drive the insect to an elevated location where the fruiting bodies of the fungus proceed to explode through the body of the insect, spreading millions of spores into the atmosphere.

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The fungal mind: on the evidence for mushroom intelligence https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/the-fungal-mind-on-the-evidence-for-mushroom-intelligence Wed, 01 Sep 2021 08:06:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/the-fungal-mind-on-the-evidence-for-mushroom-intelligence Psyche: The fungal mind: on the evidence for mushroom intelligence

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Garden survey, Maungawhau/Mt Eden https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/garden-survey-maungawhau-mt-eden Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:58:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/garden-survey-maungawhau-mt-eden It seems appropriate to adorn this post with the mighty Puriri that serves as the matriarch over a huge swathe of the land where I live. I'm no expert at estimating the age of trees but this magnificent specimen has to be at least 300+ years old!

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Fantastic ferns https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/fantastic-ferns Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:36:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/fantastic-ferns Fernery and Display Houses, Pukekura Park, Taranaki.

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Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/blushing-plants-reveal-when-fungi-are-growing-in-their-roots Sat, 24 Jul 2021 16:54:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/blushing-plants-reveal-when-fungi-are-growing-in-their-roots Science Daily: Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

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Kahikatea Farm https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/kahikatea-farm Mon, 14 Jun 2021 19:38:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/kahikatea-farm Sunrise over Kahikatea Farm.

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Suillus luteus (Slippery Jack) https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/suillus-luteus-slippery-jack Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:11:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/suillus-luteus-slippery-jack Suillus luteus, found around coniferous plantations

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Awakino Gorge https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/awakino-gorge Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:18:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/awakino-gorge Hara, Hura, Cormocephalus rubriceps https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/hara-hura-cormocephalus-rubriceps Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:32:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/hara-hura-cormocephalus-rubriceps Cormocephalus rubriceps or known as hara, hura to Māori, giant centipede.

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Fish and manure soup https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/fish-and-manure-soup Sun, 17 Jan 2021 12:29:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/fish-and-manure-soup Fish frame and horse manure soup brewing for soil amendment/micro biological density explosion!

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Tecomanthe speciosa https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/tecomanthe-speciosa Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:41:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/tecomanthe-speciosa ]]> Pohutukawa https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/pohutukawa Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/pohutukawa Pohutukawa in full Christmas bloom

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Puriri leaf tea https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/puriri-leaf-tea Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:28:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/puriri-leaf-tea Early every summer the mighty Puriri tree that covers half of my property sheds old leaves. A perfect primary ingredient for a soil amending soup.

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Cladonia (Pixie Cup Lichens) https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/cladonia-pixie-cup-lichens Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:37:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/cladonia-pixie-cup-lichens A New Look at John Cage and His Mushroom Obsession https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/a-new-look-at-john-cage-and-his-mushroom-obsession Sun, 12 Jul 2020 16:52:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/a-new-look-at-john-cage-and-his-mushroom-obsession A New Look at John Cage and His Mushroom Obsession
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Physalacria stilboidea https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/physalacria-stilboidea Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:36:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/physalacria-stilboidea Found on a decaying Kapuka/Grisellinia leaf.

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Totara https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/totara Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:26:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/totara Podocarpus totara

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Huia House https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/huia-house Sat, 11 Apr 2020 12:39:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/huia-house Destined for Extinction: Elam's Huia House

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Moss https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/moss Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:27:00 +1200 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/moss In all its glory. Waitakare ranges.

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Parataniwha (Elatostema rugosum) https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/parataniwha-elatostema-rugosum Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:45:00 +1300 https://goodgarden.nz/decomposition-diary/parataniwha-elatostema-rugosum Parataniwha, roughly translates to "home of the taniwha" and suggests the presence of a taniwha.

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