Fungi forum: A Shroomery

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Name: Chris
Chicagoland (Zone 5b)
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CA
Oct 19, 2016 11:31 PM CST
Hey all!

My 2016 project was a mushroom patch. I am curious if there are others who have had success or are interested in this unique gardening style.

As a background to the garden: A small, shrubby and mid-growth copse of trees on a moderate grade. Paths and zones cleared. Zones poled with White Elm, Pink Oyster, Lion's Mane, Bear's Head, Velvet Pioppino, Hen of the Woods and Reishi mushrooms.

I went with a woodland landscaping theme planting Lobelia cardinalis, vedrarensis and 'Deep Blue', Convallaria 'Bordeaux', Huechera 'Shanghai', Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket', Astilbe 'Ostrich Plume', Chelome, Triyrtis 'Taipei Silk', 'Raspberry Mousse', 'Blue Wonder' and Ostrich Ferns.

Just a few ideas:

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Off the entrance is the Bear's Head patch.






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There is a branch in the path terminating in the Pioppino patch.

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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Nov 7, 2016 6:57 AM CST
Looks interesting

Keep us posted on the progress Thumbs up
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 13, 2016 11:54 AM CST
Looking forward to seeing this in full ' bloom'! Just bought Lions Mane from local growers selling at our year round farmers market. They have a flavor all there own. Cubed then sautéed in butter and EVO turns them into golden crouton- like lovelies. They brown so well due to all the surface area of the Lions Mane. Is your shroomery protected from deer? They love mushrooms and so do snails and slugs and others. I forage and am often beaten to the prize by one critter or another. Now that there are three mushroom vendors at the farmers market with all kinds of mushrooms I do my foraging there. nodding
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Nov 14, 2016 6:28 PM CST
Your mushrooms look like white tribbles Smiling
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Name: Chris
Chicagoland (Zone 5b)
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CA
Feb 27, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Hey funguys and fungals! (Sorry...couldn't resist.)

A late winter update.
Well, if you can call the abnormally warm temps we've had of late 'Winter'.

With the unseasonable warmth has come moisture. The embedded base of the poles at times has even reached a saturation point. Guessing the overall moderate Winter we've had has been a boon to the mycelium. It looks like every pole has been successfully innoculated. (Or so it seems to this novice.)

Looking forward to see any fruiting (?) that occurs when Spring rolls around. Based on how the poles look I'm cautiously optimistic....

One of the lighter colored poles:


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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
May 2, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Just catching up with threads and wondering how your shroomery work out for you Chris?
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Name: Chris
Chicagoland (Zone 5b)
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CA
May 9, 2017 8:51 AM CST
HamiltonSquare said:Just catching up with threads and wondering how your shroomery work out for you Chris?


Regrettably not much to date. Like nada. (Well...based on cultivated mushrooms. The naturals [Morels, Dryads Saddles] have been delicious. Big Grin ) Based on homework it can take up to two years to age/mature poles before fruiting occurs so like most of gardening paitence is a virtue.

But lemme tell ya...the definition of futility is weeding a forest floor! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Chris
Chicagoland (Zone 5b)
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CA
Jul 23, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Hey all! Exciting summer developments! The Maitake are fruiting:

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With lots of pioneers.

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Bears Paw/Combs Tooth poles are really looking nice as well.


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Name: Chris
Chicagoland (Zone 5b)
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CA
Nov 23, 2017 2:31 PM CST
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3/5 successfully inoculated! Cumon' Spring!
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