Adventures in Mushroom Growing
|Golden Oyster Mushrooms|
|Inoculated wooden plugs |
This was a major buzz-kill UNTIL the Garden Expo! While wandering the seemingly endless aisles of garden products or garden ideas, she stumbled upon a Wisconsin fungus grower, Field and Forest Products Inc., Peshtigo, Wis., They had smaller packages of plugs or sawdust that had been inoculated with several varieties of mushrooms available for purchase. After a bit of hemming and hawing, she decided to plunk down $25 and take home two small packages of wooden plugs: one of Golden Oysters and the other of Shiitake!
|Pot of boiling water to be poured |
on paper towel rolls to discourage
other fungal or bacterial growth
|Making holes for the|
inoculated wooden plugs.
The wait time until harvest was significantly reduced and the mushrooms could be grown indoors, in a controlled environment. Originally she had been told that her wooden plugs would probably produce fruiting bodies, outside, on logs, maybe summer 2014. Now she is looking at the summer of 2013 if all goes well!
|Paper towel rolls stuffed with plugs|
and bagged for optimal growing conditions!
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2004-10-01/Grow-your-own-Mushrooms.aspx#ixzz2OIWqTpQ0