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Stump puffball (Apioperdon pyriforme) offers thousands of fruiting bodies (Sporocarps) in one place

Radek Štěpán 05. 09. 2022

When you are on a mushroom picking trip do you also collect puffballs? If you are an experienced mushroom picker and know about mushrooms, then your answer will be positive. Nevertheless, there are many people who would never consider these…

Scarlet lily beetle

A beautiful creature but sinister too: Scarlet lily beetle

Radek Štěpán 04. 09. 2022

You simply cannot miss this little bug. And if you do not see it in your garden just plant lilies somewhere and this little bug will arrive in no time. Scarlett lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii Scopoli) nibbles on leaves and…

home ketchup

Cook it, mix it and taste it: A homemade ketchup crushes store-bought ketchups

Radek Štěpán 03. 09. 2022

The tomato harvest is gradually reaching its peak and each of us probably uses tomatoes in a similar way. Many people dry sweet tomatoes, many eat them raw or make different salads out of them. Some people even preserve tomatoes…


The Great green grasshopper: A well-known helper

Radek Štěpán 02. 09. 2022

Are you taking a walk through a meadow and see grasshoppers jumping all around you? This is certainly a comfortable and peaceful feeling when you are actively relaxing in the mountains. But these great green bush-crickets are often found in…


How to effectively store and preserve sea-buckthorn

Radek Štěpán 01. 09. 2022

The sea buckthorn harvest is currently peaking and you can see many bushes literally showered with beautiful yellow-orange fruits just waiting to be harvested. Well, anyone can harvest sea-buckthorn even though it is a time-consuming task but what to do…


An interesting plant called the “Chocolate wine”, alias why you should take a look at akebia

Radek Štěpán 31. 08. 2022

If you are looking for a fast-growing creeping plant resistant to frost, try akebia. It will be a very good pick. And if you also look for exotic fruits that grow easily in our climate, you simply have no choice…


Do you know what hortensias, also known as hydrangeas, and blueberries have in common?

Radek Štěpán 30. 08. 2022

Well, both of them will actually help you to get rid of one very specific kitchen waste – coffee sludge! We are sure that you have been throwing away coffee sludge for ages, but you should stop doing that now.


Hokkaido pumpkins are ripening. There are many uses

Radek Štěpán 29. 08. 2022

Are you thinking about growing some type of pumpkin? If you do, you should definitely try Hokkaido pumpkin, also known as Red Kuri Squash. This plant has become very popular recently and you will find it in many gardens. It…


Bet on natural repellents. It pays off

Radek Štěpán 28. 08. 2022

Summer is a great time. No doubt about that. But hot summer may bring problems too, for example in the form of various insects. Too many mosquitoes can really torture us and common ticks can even be dangerous to our…



Radek Štěpán 27. 08. 2022

Black elder or elderberry is a wonderful plant – it grows on its own, does not need any care and you can harvest fruits twice a year: when it blooms you can collect its beautiful white flowers, and when it…