Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Grow Your Own Mushrooms | areturntosimplicity.comAs part of our big homestead goals, we are planning on clearing more of our completely wooded 10 acres, but it is definitely going to be slow going.

So, I have been brainstorming all the different ways I can utilize the wooded and shaded land to produce food for our family.

As a result of the brainstorming, we are going to be:

  • getting pigs in the spring that will root up all the nuts and berries
  • planting ginseng and goldenseal in the woods
  • growing MUSHROOMS on logs in the woods

I ordered my mushroom spawn a month or so ago, had Matthew cut down a small oak tree, and inoculated it with my shiitake mushroom spawn!

It was super easy and a fun little project that will hopefully produce lots of yummy mushrooms next fall!

All you need is:

  • Your mushroom spawn (Mushroom Mountain is where I got mine. *No affiliation)
  • Hammer
  • 5/16” drill bit and drill
  • Old paintbrush
  • Beeswax
  • Coconut Oil
  • A freshly felled tree (felled 6 weeks or less before innoculation)

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Fell your tree in the late fall or winter, before the sap starts to rise. In my zone 7, that is anytime Nov-Feb. If your tree has been felled more that 3 weeks before you innoculate, you will need to water it to make sure the innoculation will “take”.

Different trees are best for different kinds of mushrooms. I did an oak tree, but sweet gum and poplar are also viable options.

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Begin by drilling holes a little over 1 inch deep in the log in a diamond pattern. Keep the holes about 6 inches apart.

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Place your spawn in the holes.

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Tap with a hammer until they are flush with the edge of your log. (You will need to hammer fairly hard sometimes)

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Melt your beeswax with a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, and brush over the spawn with the paintbrush to seal them in.

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There are all different kinds of mushroom spawn available, and they all have different “incubation” time periods.

The mushrooms I started are a cold weather shiitake, that SHOULD begin producing in about 9-10 months from the time I started them so, I am hoping for a small harvest next fall!

Take 20 minutes to inoculate a log with your spawn, and grow your own mushrooms for years to come with no more work!

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Do you grow any shade or forest crops?


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13 responses to “Grow Your Own Mushrooms”

  1. Margy says:

    I have thought about growing mushrooms, but I can’t cut a tree down since we don’t own the land near our cabin. But since we live in a very rainy area. We get lots of natural mushrooms under the trees, so maybe it would work. I’ll think about it, – Margy

    • Angi says:

      Could you get a few small pieces of fresh logs from somewhere else, and bring them to your house? They can be cut into smaller lengths than the big log I used.

  2. too neat! I had no idea you could seed your own mushrooms! appreciate the tute too. Great info and such an easy way to add some natural, home grown food into your diet.

  3. Lynda Hardy says:

    Our yard has such a small quantity of sunlight (so. many. trees!) that we’ve been considering mushrooming – this is a great step by step explanation of the process! I’d be happy to have you share this post with us on our Awesome Life Friday Link Up!

  4. Love this approach to use the shade! We have loads of it in our yard and so wish we could grow a big vegetable garden. This, I can do! Thanks so much!

  5. Sandra says:

    Good luck with your mushrooms! It sounds like a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

  6. daisy says:

    How easy is that? What a great way to add yet another food source to your property! Thanks for sharing this on The Maple Hill Hop!

  7. Sandra says:

    Just wanted to let you know this will be one of my featured post tomorrow at the HomeAcre Hop!

  8. Chris says:

    I wandered over here from Angi’s post on Schneiderpeeps about using beeswax. I’m in BC in zone 3 and we just cut down a few trees for mushroom cultivation yesterday. We are doing shiitake (on alder) and Pearl Oyster mushrooms (on aspen) and using sawdust spawn because we couldn’t find plugs in Canada. Did you know that you can also grow oyster mushrooms on your logs? Oyster mushrooms are pretty adaptible and I’m planning to do some sawdust cultivation and expand our mycelium with whatever is left over after innoculating our logs.

    Great idea for mixing coconut oil with your bees wax to make it more spreadable. I definitely going to take your advice when we innoculate our logs at the end of the month.

    Sharing your post on my FB page today.

    • Angi says:

      Awesome Chris! I started with the shiitake, but I totally want to add more kinds of mushrooms next fall!! I want to grow all the varieties that I can :))

  9. Chris G. says:

    I’m commenting on this a long time after it was posted so hopefully I still get a response – but we are thinking of doing this this year. Do the mushrooms come back every year, or do you have to redo the whole process on a different log each year?

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