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The Mushroom Patch

Let’s mozy on over to a different area of the yard and I’ll show you my mushroom patch. We finally got around to renting a chainsaw to cut up the massive trees that fell during the ice storm back in January and I wanted to use some of the logs to create a mushroom habitat in my shade garden.

You need a hard wood for mushroom cultivation and luckily the tree that fell was a maple. You want to inoculate the logs when the moisture content is still fairly high in the logs, so older wood that has been sitting around for a while might not be the best option. I should have sealed the ends of the logs with beeswax to seal in moisture, but I opted not to because I am lazy. I bought a little bag of Oyster Mushroom plugs from Provisions Mushrooms down at the farmer’s market which I stored in the fridge until I was ready to get to work.

The first thing I did was mark my drill bit with tape at the depth of the plugs so I would know how far to drill. I drilled holes in a diamond pattern about 4-6 inches apart.

Plugs get inserted into the holes.

Then smacked with a mallet. This was my favorite part. Whammo!

I have seen that the plugs are sometimes sealed with beeswax, but again…lazy.

I still have a few more logs in my stack to inoculate, but it really could not have been easier.  So hopefully, in a about a year, the mycelium will have spread throughout the logs and I’ll see fruiting! Yay for mushrooms!

P.S. Thank you for all of the awesome potato advice and recipes! I’ve got a lot of work to do.