Adding More Mushrooms

Yesterday was a beautiful day–warm and breezy.  I took advantage of it to plant some blueberry bushes and to prep our spring brassicas garden, planting mizuna, arugula and komatsuna.  There’s still a lot of planting to do, but we’re moving along a little better than last year.

Another garden ready for planting.

Another garden ready for planting.

But before I started on the gardens I spent part of the morning preparing to inoculate more mushroom logs.

The first step is to cut down a small white oak.  I don’t like cutting down a perfectly good tree, no matter how good the reason.  I decided to take down half of a double tree, so the tree remains.

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In the top of the tree was a ribbon from an escaped balloon.  I have no idea how long it had been there.

In the top of the tree was a ribbon from an escaped balloon. I have no idea how long it had been there.

After the logs have aged for a few days, I’ll put in the shiitake spawn and add them to the stacks.

Mushroom logs

Mushroom logs

A few mushrooms are starting to peep out already.

A shiitake being born

A shiitake being born

This picture from last fall shows what we’re hoping for.

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Growing mushrooms is simple and requires very little effort once the logs are inoculated.  And the rewards are delicious.

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