dareljudy at bellsouth.net
Sat Apr 30 21:46:02 EDT 2011
I did plug spawn of shiitake several years ago, kit from Fungi Perfecti,
was after a big windstorm in the area so lots of free oak logs around.
Had about 10 3-foot logs, 8-12 in. diameter, as I recall. We got
mushrooms starting in about 6 months, produced pretty regularly for
about 3 years, at which point the logs virtually disintegrated (still
find one sometimes in that corner of the yard). WAY more than we could
eat fresh, we dried a lot and gave a LOT away.
We're in the south (Memphis) so logs stayed pretty damp anyway (north
side of house in the shade), sprinkled them down about once a week, less
in spring, more in late summer. If I was serious I would set up a
drip-irrigation/mist system on a timer, like in the garden. I've seen
commercial systems with tractors/tanks - too much work for a household,
maybe cost-effective for commercial prodution.
One thing - here in the humid mid-south, our biggest pest was slugs;
they riddled the mushrooms. My wife had a brilliant idea - we built
some platforms for the logs, and tacked surplus flattened copper
plumbing pipe around the bases - slugs won't crawl over copper. Quick
steel -wool scrubbing when it tarnished - worked well.
Like to try it on a larger basis sometime, now that I've got some woods
- if only I had some more time!
Richard Moyer wrote:
>Last NAFEX talk (or two) I did, included pics of oyster mushrooms on
>poplar logs, to broaden thinking about 'fruit'. Not to rock the boat,
>but do the NAFEX bylaws (or protocol on this list) allow discussion of
>fruit from the fungal kingdom, or merely the plant kingdom?
>Been inoculating and growing mushrooms around 10 years. Great way to
>grow fruit in the shade, and in the fall, winter (some years) and
>early spring. We're expanding our range of oyster and shiitake
>production, due primarily to farmers market and chef demand.
>Easy to get into at any level, lots of info available. I encourage
>you to find a company and a person there who's been at it for years,
>and have an extended conversation. Oysters are very easy to begin
>with; share your interests and goals by phone, and they can suggest
>inoculation strategies to get started. Note that 2.2 lbs is only a
>few dollars less than 5.5 lbs of spawn inoculant; we often share an
>order to hold down costs. Plugs easier in practice, but more costly
>in potential yield per dollar invested. Contact me offlist and will
>let you know the companies we have experience with.
>gathered morels last evening, enjoyed wilted lettuce with duck confit
>and shiitakes day before
>Does anyone grow their own mushrooms? Do you use plugs or inoculant? I
>>love oyster mushrooms and came across wooden plugs that you place in holes
>>drilled in a tree stump. I'm thinking of ordering the plugs. The same
>>company has inoculated kits available, too. After three or four harvests,
>>they say you can spread the kit over your compost pile and mushrooms will
>>thrive. That's an option too.
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