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  1. I normally plant the stem butts just deep enough to stay moist during normal dry spells. I haven't noticed anything about their relation to manure, but I suspect that it may be too rich for their liking. C. brunneum seems to like fairly fresh rotting organic matter. Where I worked, I found it regularly where people dumped their lawn and garden wastes into the adjacent woods.
  2. I've tried stem butt propation with shaggies in about a dozen different wooded locations near home, but only one of those has produced anything so far. They are saprophytes; so, they don't form an association with any particular tree roots. But they do have preferences regarding the type of decaying matter that they feed on. One preference that I've noticed is a liking for soils that also support Stinging Nettles. The only stem butt planting location that worked is also the only one that has stinging nettles, and quite a few places where I find shaggies also have Stinging Nettles. The reason for that association may be just that they both like rich soils. I also planted stem butts in my back yard in a row of raspberries mulched with compost and then covered with wood chips. I tried this several times over a few years and then gave up. A year or two later a couple of shaggies showed up in my neighbors lawn about 10 or 15 feet from that location, but only once. However, the next couple of years 1 or 2 shaggies showed up in a flower bed in my front yard, perhaps 40 feet away. But that was the end of it; I never saw any more. I've also read and noticed some differences in the habitat preferences of the two main local species. Chlorophyllum olivieri typically grows in a forest with rich soils (indicated by Stinging Nettles), and C. brunneum likes composting piles of dumped organic matter, especially conifer needles. David Stamets, in Mycelium Running, says that he got shaggies (probably C. brunneum) to grow in piles of grass clippings.
  3. Note that C. molybdites has not been reported from BC; so, it's pretty safe to assume that anything that looks like a Shaggy Parasol, is a Shaggy Parasol. However, as Dave W said, a few people are allergic to them; and only a small quantity should be eaten the first time.
  4. Shaggy Parasols are one of my favorite mushrooms. Not only do they have a great flavor; they also dry really well. I use the normally rather large buttons either fresh or frozen (after blanching) and dry the older flat-tops. The dried mushrooms are very brittle and easily crushed into a powder that can be used to flavor soups or anything else that goes with mushrooms. They are also saprobic and can be grown in compost or soil with lots of rotting vegetation. If you have some appropriate habitat, try planting carefully excavated young stem butts with soil attached. If you're lucky, you could start a new colony.
  5. Which photo(s) show the color correctly? The middle photo shows gills with a completely different color from the other two photos.
  6. These could be Cortinarius, but a spore print would confirm that.
  7. They look like Honeys to me.
  8. These might be Paxillus involutus; check MushroomExpert.com.
  9. These look like Gomphidius, possibly G. subroseus, especially if the stem base shows signs of yellowing, hints of which show up in the photos. Check this species out at MushroomExpert.com.
  10. Is the location Southampton Ontario or England? Based on the lack of a greenish tint in the gills of fairly mature specimens, they are likely to be Parasols (Macrolepiota procera) and not the green-gilled Chlorophyllum molybdites. As Cajun stated, a spore print would be the safe way to prove it.
  11. They are all probably Russulas infected by Hypomyces (Lobster Mushrooms). The one in the center is only partially infected.
  12. The last photo has different mushrooms, probably an Agaricus species, based on the fragment of cap with gills in the upper left corner of the mushroom cluster. A photo of the bottom of the cap, showing the gills' attachment to the stem would be useful, along with a spore print. As Dig stated, the first two photos show Shaggy Parasols, but the species is probably Chlorophyllum brunneum, since C. rhacodes is an eastern NA species, according to MushroomExpert.com.
  13. Yep, all the signs point to one of the three species of Shaggy Parasol. Which one is a bit more difficult to determine.
  14. Those are one of the species of Golden Chanterelles, probably Cantharellus formosus, the most common of the 3 species in your area. I see that you also have what look like King Boletes.
  15. The smell will tell. It must be strongly aromatic with an unusual distinctive odor. But it doesn't look like one, anyway, because there is no sign of a ring developing. Google "pine mushroom button" to see the difference.
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