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« 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! 
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012 11:08:30 AM »

Oh wow, how cool!  I bet they are a hit!  What do you do with the log now?  Do you put in new holes and new spores?
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012 11:19:59 AM »

Thanks Jill!  They just go back in the swing in the shade.  They will continue to fruit for years. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012 11:31:46 AM »

Those are just beautiful! I had no idea that's how you grow mushrooms. Fascinating!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012 11:34:32 AM »

Oh my gosh, MW!! Is there anything you can't grow?? I never knew that you could actually plant and harvest mushrooms. Neat!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012 11:38:04 AM »

Thanks!  We'll pretty much try growing anything at least once, LimeRiot.  We've learned a lot over the past few years.
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2012 11:59:43 AM »

Okay, now it is official! You're the coolest woman I know. Mushrooms are one of my favorites, and these look so yum.
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2012 01:21:42 PM »

That's amazing! Can they be grown indoors? I want a farm...
I need to live the mushroom and alpaca lifestyle.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2012 01:27:41 PM »

awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2012 01:31:42 PM »

That's amazing! Can they be grown indoors? I want a farm...
I need to live the mushroom and alpaca lifestyle.

I've heard of people keeping mushroom logs in a closet in their house.  I think the biggest issue is keeping them moist so it's probably more labor intensive.  They get rained on outside.   Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012 02:46:26 PM »

There are indoor kits for growing the button mushrooms like those sold in the supermarket - both white and tan are available.  It was basically the size of a box of copy paper, filled with straw-type material.  The spores come in a bag of something compost-like that you spread over the straw and water thoroughly.  Then just keep it damp and dark, and enjoy the mushrooms.  I believe the kit is around $20.  We order from Jung Seed Co's catalog.

I have also grown some gourmet mushrooms: one that looked like a head of cauliflower, but tasted like lobster!  Very fun, interesting "gardening"  Smiley and so delicious.  It was several years ago, so no pics to post - sorry.
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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2012 04:05:23 PM »

How cool, jcorn! Thanks!!
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2012 08:59:56 AM »

I don't even like mushrooms at all, but that's just so cool!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2012 03:22:05 PM »

That's amazing! Can they be grown indoors? I want a farm...
I need to live the mushroom and alpaca lifestyle.

I was thinking about doing this inside, but heard that the mushroom logs can have a musty smell inside.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2012 12:55:00 AM »

Very inspiring. Now, I know what I'm going to try to grow.
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2012 09:54:34 AM »

Those look amazing! i have always been kind of afraid to grow mushrooms, because I live in a place where fungi grow so rampantly, that I have a fear of other types of less edible mushrooms will get mixed up with the ones I was trying to grow on purpose. I am sure that is a silly fear though.
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