Friday, April 26, 2013

Mushroom Farming?

So maybe not this year...we did give a try this year to growing Shitake mushrooms.  We just received the spawn plugs the other day and got them "planted" ASAP!
Mushroom spawn
 This is the tray of spawn.  I was not sure what to expect and when I saw our mail lady come up the drive I was so excited because I knew these were what she was delivering.  It is very important to be able to put the spawn into the logs as soon as possible.  Lucky for us both K and I were home and our friend E was around to lend a hand and some logs! 
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. 
Mushroom Farmers?

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
This is what the logs look like all filled in with the mushroom plugs.  Can't wait to see what happens next!

After picture
This is what the logs are supposed to look like once the mushrooms start their growing.  We will see if ours does the same. 


  1. Hi, my name is Anna Rerychov√°. I am looking for a summer job (July-August-September). I m a student of University of Ostrava in Czech Republic (bachelor study). I would like fill a vacancy in your company as a worker. Although I am a student, I have a lot of work experience. Well, if you are interested please contact me. Thank you, Anna.

    1. Thank you Anna for your interest in our project! We are working on our second season here and have one other person helping us out and at this time, that is all we need. Perhaps next season! Stay in touch and keep following our adventures!