Grow Your Own Mushrooms
As 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)
- 5/16” drill bit and drill
- Old paintbrush
- Coconut Oil
- A freshly felled tree (felled 6 weeks or less before innoculation)
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.
Begin by drilling holes a little over 1 inch deep in the log in a diamond pattern. Keep the holes about 6 inches apart.
Place your spawn in the holes.
Tap with a hammer until they are flush with the edge of your log. (You will need to hammer fairly hard sometimes)
Melt your beeswax with a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, and brush over the spawn with the paintbrush to seal them in.
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!
Do you grow any shade or forest crops?
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