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Post: # 42739Unread post Glitch
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:01 pm

Anyone grow their own mushrooms? Or forage them?

I've always found the idea of tossing an inoculated log outside to be neat. I'm going to give it a go this year. I'm thinking shiitake. I have a very shady section of my yard where I basically can't grow anything so it seems like a perfect spot for mushrooms. The moss grows wild there.

Buying an inoculated log is probably the pricier way to go about it, but sometimes it's nice to be lazy. :lol:
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Post: # 42747Unread post Bower
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:49 pm

We forage here, but friends of mine tried inoculating logs one year - I got tossed a log which is still in the garden... unfortunately I never did get any shitake from it. I think they are not well suited to my climate, too tender.
Last fall we did a hike with some mushroom farmers around their place, to ID for them the edible wild ones on their property. In return she gave us several bags of reishi growing in chips. :) Mine are not finished yet, still developing the shiny cap.
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Post: # 42750Unread post Glitch
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:02 pm

@Bower, while shopping around for shiitake logs I found that there seem to be different varieties for different climates. Warm range, cold range, and wide range. I'm going to try my luck with wide range and see how it goes. I'm also looking at Chicken of the Woods and Lion's Mane. I tend to go overboard with new things though. Maybe I should just stick to one!
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Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:58 pm

I liked the Lion Mane. I got a kit from North Spore and had good success with it. I currently have it resting before trying for a second flush. I should mention this was my first kit ever and was one of the small spray and grow kits. I am thinking of getting another one... AND my friend has a shitake log coming it should be here by this time next week.
Planned for this spring- warm blue oyster mushrooms in a bucket on aspen shavings,(spawn ordered, bucket, aspen, etc that I need already here) I still need to order some grain spawn for wine caps to go in my garden beds and pathways. Those and my oysters can grow on straw or the aspen I can find for mulch AND the wine caps make tomatoes grow even better. Really looking forward to seeing that. Plus of course both the oyster mushrooms and the wine caps break down the mulch much faster turning it into nice crumbly soil improvements...
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Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:30 pm

I have observed that mushrooms only come out after a rain where I live but don't come out after watering with city water.
Obviously it must be the treated water..
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Post: # 42772Unread post Glitch
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:08 pm

wykvlvr wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:58 pm
I still need to order some grain spawn for wine caps to go in my garden beds and pathways. Those and my oysters can grow on straw or the aspen I can find for mulch AND the wine caps make tomatoes grow even better. Really looking forward to seeing that. Plus of course both the oyster mushrooms and the wine caps break down the mulch much faster turning it into nice crumbly soil improvements...
Very cool! Can you tell me more about this? I went on a youtube goose hunt but seems like most people make separate beds for their mushrooms and do a layering method of straw or wood chip and spawn with multiple layers. Is this basically what you're going to do in your tomato beds? The vids also seemed to stress keeping the planting site out of the sun. I suppose tomatoes would probably shade them though in your scenario.
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Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:33 pm

Nope they will be right in the garden growing among the plants. I got idea from a link in an email from Northspore. It is a video they did of growing mushrooms in the garden.
Then I clicked on a few others that showed up in the side bar. I also asked questions in other forums that had a Fungi section and in a Facebook group on growing mushrooms.
The upshot is you can grow mushrooms in the mulch you are using in the garden. Both paths and beds can be inoculated with mushroom spawn. Oyster mushrooms and Wine Caps are the most commonly recommended species as they can grow on almost anything. The benefit of growing them IN the garden bed is they break down the mulch and turn it into yummy soil additives throughout the season. In the case of the wine caps and tomatoes, the tomatoes provide shade for the mushrooms and the mushrooms break down the straw constantly making new nutrients available. The Wine Cap mycelium will actually wrap around the roots in an almost symbiotic relationship giving you healthier tomatoes. Just one more amazing thing about how plants/fungi interact.
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Post: # 42784Unread post Glitch
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:21 am

@wykvlvr , thanks for the video! That helped. Well now I want to do multiple mushroom projects!
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Post: # 42792Unread post wykvlvr
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:37 pm

LOL yep know the feeling.
Those little spray and grow kits are designed to help you succeed as most of the companies think of them as a "gateway drug" You either get totally hooked or decide it is too fiddly for you. The kit I got was around $30, the spawn I got for the bucket was around the same price and there is enough for two 5 gallon buckets. If those work (we normally have low humidity so it may need a humidity bag) I will feel a bit better about the wine caps and oysters in the garden.
But it is still winter here so I am also trying to talk myself out of some of the other fun looking things like a paper cat litter & guinea pig food "log" to grow mushrooms on, or trying some grain in a canning jar or a clear bin filled with cardboard, used coffee grinds and maybe a touch of grain or straw....so many fun and interesting looking projects I can do inside.
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Post: # 42800Unread post Uncle_Feist
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:16 pm

Sterilized masters mix is the way to go for the wood loving species. It's a mix of hardwood fuel pellets, soy hulls and water. It's easy and simple to make and only costs me about .35¢ to make a 5 lb. fruiting block of substrate. A block will typically produce 2 1/2 - 3 lbs of mushrooms. I inoculate the blocks with grainspawn made with liquid culture. A few CC's of liquid culture would basically make an infinite amount of grainspawn if wanted.

A recent blue oyster grow.
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Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:11 pm

@Uncle_Feist that is so cool! I have never eaten homegrown mushrooms. They look delicious.
The way @Glitch spells shiitake with two "i"s is correct. Just bothers me a bit when spelled with one i, as it is unappetizing besides being wrong :lol:

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Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:26 pm

@Uncle_Feist, those are some great photos! Seems like you are doing this inside. I am banned from more weird indoor projects... Seems like a glass cabinet? I still have a lot to learn. Next on the list, liquid cultures.
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Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:44 pm

Glitch wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:26 pm
@Uncle_Feist, those are some great photos! Seems like you are doing this inside. I am banned from more weird indoor projects... Seems like a glass cabinet? I still have a lot to learn. Next on the list, liquid cultures.
In a garage with a small humidity chamber for fruiting the blocks.

Thanks!
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Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:45 pm

peebee wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:11 pm
@Uncle_Feist that is so cool! I have never eaten homegrown mushrooms. They look delicious.
The way @Glitch spells shiitake with two "i"s is correct. Just bothers me a bit when spelled with one i, as it is unappetizing besides being wrong :lol:
oops I didn't realize my keyboard left out the second i. When I start typing sometimes I get too fast and it thinks it is a double key stroke... should have double checked.
Grin we got Margaret's Shiitake kit yesterday and today her friend brought in some well water to use on it. When she called this morning she was rereading the instructions before she got it started. Nice project for our weather... not bad here yet but they are calling for at least 2 feet of snow by the end of Monday... Which explains why indoor projects are my gardening of choice right now.
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Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:16 am

I just yesterday order small packs of shiitake plugs and wine cap spawn. I don't expect to be successful, but I'll try it out. I have some unusable oak timber of the first, and will spread the second under the straw cover of my tomato bad. I just hope fungicides I use will not harm them.
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Post: # 45371Unread post Julianna
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:27 am

I live right next to Far West Fungi and I want to grow one of their pink oyster logs sometime. Maybe lion's mane. Trying to convince my husband is another story.
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