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Nov 23, 2015 12:07 PM CST
|I'm looking to get started in the spring/summer. Leaning toward oyster mushrooms as a first attempt, and I think I want to do outdoor log culture. I've been trying to read up, but there isn't a ton of information online for this particular crop.|
So, ATPers... who here grows their own fungal foods?
Nov 23, 2015 12:58 PM CST
Hi. I do not grow any of the edible fungi, but have read quite a bit and have a friend that has in the past grown shitakis. That being said, I have some links to info for you that may be of use to you. I know you said outdoors, but you may want to start them inside if you have a warm area big enough for a laundry basket
a PDF http://joybileefarm.com/growin...
Nov 23, 2015 1:26 PM CST
|Thanks for all the links, Jean!|
One day, I'd like to get into more varied growing methods. I'm good with sterile technique, nutrient media, agar plates, etc. (I'm a microbiologist by day), but I'm drawn to the idea of log culture because it can be sustained for years without much input.
Straw culture is also interesting. It has a much shorter time to the first harvest, but then you don't get as many harvests overall. I might try it while I'm waiting for my logs to fruit the first time, but I really think I want to get logs going long-term.
Nov 23, 2015 3:00 PM CST
|You are very welcome. My friend used a hole saw to put cavities in logs and innoculated sawdust with spores for the shitakis he grew. You could possibly use that method to get your P ostreatus going using shredded paper, coffee grounds etc. to fill the holes. Good luck and please post here to let us know how they are doing.|
Dec 16, 2015 4:37 PM CST
|I have grown shiitakes and oyster outside. Basically, get some fresh logs, (we used tulip tree for the Oyster and Oak for the shiitaki) drill holes, add spawn and close hole with some beeswax. Put in a shady spot and give them a shower every couple days. Sometimes I stand the logs up on end, other times I lay them down. I think I got a better yield from the ones that were standing up. They will product for a couple years as long as there are still nutrients left in the log.|
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Dec 7, 2016 6:44 PM CST
|Can morals be grown I'm new to fungi|