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3101  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Growing Mushrooms at Home on: June 22, 2012 11:02:02 AM
We've had shiitake mushroom logs for a few years now.  Once you get through the initial process of introducing the spores to your logs, they pretty much take care of themselves.  We purchased plug spores and drilled lots of holes in 3-4 foot lengths of dead white oak logs.  The spore plugs were inserted in the holes and then sealed with melted beeswax.  It took a year to get our first crop.

We keep the logs up off of the ground in a shady place by our back door where we can keep an eye on them.  My husband built them a swing of sorts under a bradford pear tree.

Once we notice the mushrooms sprouting, it takes about a week until they're ready to harvest.  These photos were taken a day apart across a few days to show how fast they grow.

This is our spring crop, we're expecting another in the fall.  They're a huge hit at our farmer's market and make a wonderful addition to risotto! 
3102  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: June 21, 2012 10:56:03 AM
Wow Frogg, that's scary!  Best of luck and healing vibes to you!
3103  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: [ Thai cuisine ] Sour & Spicy Salad with glass noodles on: June 21, 2012 10:54:20 AM
What a beautiful dish!
3104  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 21, 2012 10:06:02 AM
Just got back from vacation (and leaving again on Saturday for another few days).  I picked up a few things this morning for my partner's item.  Still working over here!
3105  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Barn Wood Flag on: June 19, 2012 10:20:13 PM
I've been meaning to make a decoration for our barn.  Thanks for the inspiration!
3106  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A Sweet Harvest on: June 19, 2012 10:00:45 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!  Our honey is a huge hit at our farmer's market.  I also sell eggs, lamb, vegetables, goat milk soap and crafts, but honey is what everyone waits for in the Spring. 

Yum yum yum. I love it and I love bees. They are amazing. Also the process of collecting honey and wax is kind of a meditative practice (at least to me it seems so) A labor of love. Is it this way for you??

It is.  Beekeeping is expensive and a lot of work, and honey harvesting takes us a full day but it's always a good day.   Smiley
3107  COOKING / Dessert / Re: A Fairy Princess cake for my daughter's 5th birthday! on: June 19, 2012 09:53:28 PM
It's beautiful!  What flavor is it?
3108  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: My recent Yard, Garden, Planting Art Projects :) on: June 19, 2012 09:30:03 PM
Nice work!  The bottle tree is my favorite.  Thanks for sharing!
3109  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: House of Alice (Picture Heavy - 20ish) on: June 14, 2012 03:44:36 AM
You did a great job!  It must have been fun making all of those sweets.
3110  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Novelty Fabric Fat Quarter Swap Gallery on: June 13, 2012 06:59:58 PM
I received from Quaggy as well, I love these (especially the bees)!  The owls are fantastic, the pink matches a bunch of things I already have and the spider went right into my Halloween stash drawer.  Thank you so much, Quaggy!

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