[NAFEX] Oyster mushrooms

Mike Levine mlevine at umich.edu
Wed Apr 23 15:20:57 EDT 2003


Mark,
I inoculated some corkscrew willow logs with plugs last spring and then
pretty much forgot about them.  I've heard you can also inoculate some
sterilized straw, but haven't tried it yet.  I still have some leftover
plugs from last year in my fridge so I might go that route this spring.
When shipped the instructions said to inoculate with a couple months, but I
think the spawn looks alive and well after a year so I will probably just
use it.  I think I'll also inoculate what is left of the living corkscrews
this year as I'm not too attached to them.

Mike Levine
Ann Arbor, MI zone 5b


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
To: "Mike Levine" <crunchy at oldweb.com>; "North American Fruit Explorers"
<nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 11:42 AM
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms


> Mike,
> When you say "planted oysters", what do you mean?  I grow oyster mushrooms
> in bags of sawdust and wood chips.  It takes about 2 months to get a
harvest
> by this technique.  I have been trying to establish them outside, but so
far
> nothing has taken.  Do you actually plant them in a garden bed?  What do
you
> cover the spawn with?  What time of year did you start them last year?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle, z7B/8a
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Mike Levine
> Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 4:17 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms
>
>
> I have tried planting some morel kits outdoors on 2 separate occasions.
So
> far I've gotten nothing, but I keep hoping.
> Planted oysters last year and am amazed that they are already fruiting
this
> year.  Oysters for dinner tonight!  Shiitakes are reliable too, but
usually
> take more than a year to get going.
> I think that maybe if I tried a casing on my morels they might work
better,
> but I haven't tried.
>
> Mike
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>; <ruralKyIn at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 11:26 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms
>
>
> > Folks,
> > I've been trying to get a couple of free hours to get out and roam the
> > woods for the past couple of weeks, to check out the morel mushroom
> situation.
> >
> > Finally got a chance to do so on Friday afternoon - and again, between
> > thunderstorms, yesterday afternoon.
> >
> > Ran across several  likely spots throughout my 80 acres or so of mixed
> > hardwood forest.  Most were on east-facing slopes, moist areas - and I
> > could usually spot evidence that the deer had been pawing around,
looking
> > for the mushrooms.
> >
> > First 'shrooms I spotted were black morels(Morchella angusticeps), which
> > are typically the first to emerge.  Many of these were beginning to
'melt
> > down',  or were showing evidence of critter-munching.
> >
> > Once you spot one, you just sit down and start looking around - where
> > there's one, there will be more!  Didn't take long to start spotting the
> > occasional 'yellow' and 'gray' morel (Morchella esculenta).  None were
> very
> > big - or at least not as large as the ones that used to pop up in the
yard
> > of the farmhouse where we lived in MO, back in the early '90s.
> >
> > Managed to gather about a gallon of yellows & grays, and about half that
> > amount of blacks.  Took 'em back to the house, cleaned 'em, and fried up
a
> > bunch of those "dry-land fish" at supper on Saturday night.
> > My wife, the eternal pessimist, continually questioned my ID, but I was
> > absolutely certain of my identification of them.  Since some folks
> > evidently have an adverse reaction to the black morel - and I'd never
> eaten
> > them before - I only cooked a couple of them, but ate them with no
> > gastronomic upset.
> >
> > As I was harvesting, I tried to get the base, along with some associated
> > leaf mold and (hopefully) vegetative mycelia, which I cut off once I got
> > back to the house, and am experimenting with 'seeding' the fungus into
> some
> > well-rotted logs, woody plant material, etc. that I've been piling into
a
> > big gully below the pond for the past 9 years.  Don't know if I'll be
> > successful in getting a colony established there, but figured I didn't
> have
> > anything to lose by doing so.
> >
> > It's been a while since I researched it, but at one point in time, a
> couple
> > of the mushroom spawn vendors, either Fungi Perfecti or The
Mushroompeople
> > at The Farm(at Ethridge, TN, in the county where I was formerly in
> > veterinary practice), or both, were offering morel-growing kits.
> > Wondered if any of you folks had ever attempted to grow morels?
> >
> > Lucky
> >
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