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Spiffyhink
« on: April 13, 2012 01:57:48 PM »

Has anyone here ever tried growing mushrooms? I have been reading about this in some library books I got and it's really sold me on the idea. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I really love mushrooms and don't really love spending money on them, as they are expensive around here and don't last long.

I've been looking at the spawn plugs they have available here:
http://www.fieldforest.net/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_16_24
which I'll put into some holes drilled into hardwood logs, and the logs will be kept on the shady side of my house. I figure I won't start this until the fall, since it needs cool temperatures to work, and I'm in zone 8 and things are heating up here.

Has anyone ever done this before. Any advice or suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2012 02:14:32 PM »

Hi Spiffyhink, we have had mushroom logs for a few years.  These are some of our shiitakes.  We have the best success using dead oak.  We keep them off the ground under a shady tree.  It takes a lot of patience, or maybe more skill than we have to get mushrooms when you want them!  They usually surprise us.  Good luck!  It's not a big investment, you should definitely give it a try.   

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2012 02:57:50 PM »

MissingWillow, that's so cool! Lovely picture. I don't have any oak as of yet, but my family has promised me some of their pecan wood, which I've never seen recommended, but we'll see what happens. When I start something new, I usually start slowly with what I have. Otherwise I get overwhelmed.

Hopefully I'll be able to grow mushrooms like the ones in your pic eventually!
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