A few weeks back, K was clearing some land and was cutting some alders, beech and apple trees so we kept some branches to use for the mushroom project. E also had some ash and beech so we used a few different logs to see which was going to work the best. We will have to wait until possibly fall or for sure next spring to see what the results will be.
The next step is to drill holes into the logs for the spawn to go into. These holes have to be 1/2 inch in diameter and set at a certain depth to kept air circulation around the spawn. These plugs had a styrofoam top to them to protect them once they are placed in the log.
|Precise measurement and accuracy helps for a successful harvest|
|Placing the spawn|
The spawn goes directly into the drilled hole and the cap is just flush with the log.
K and I enjoying the new experience of planting Shitake mushrooms. We will see what happens hopefully in the fall for our first harvest!
|All plugged up...a before picture|