White oak, cherry tree problems

The white oak has dark spots low on the trunk where I’m seeing insects. The spots look almost like oozing sap but aren’t sticky or wet. Red ants at base, and something smaller, black body with wings, buzzing around the spots a bit higher up. Also, the crown seems sparse compared to other nearby white […]

Leaf Litter: Marking my territory

As part of a forest land tax reduction, I had to mark the property boundaries and create a 10-year plan for my land. I hired a consulting forester to help assemble the plan and learned a hell of a lot in the process. While I was out doing that, I also planted ramp bulbs and […]

‘The Earth’s natural Internet’

“Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World,” Paul Stamets (2005) I ordered this book shortly after seeing “Fantastic Fungi.” I was a bit leery of the title, which seemed to drift toward hyperbole. But after reading the book, I’m wondering if the title might be understated. Paul Stamets, the author of Mycelium Running […]