Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Our very own mushroom logs

It’s Earth Day, and nothing says “earthy” like mushrooms! Coincidentally, our friends at Maya Creek hosted their first workshop yesterday on growing shiitake mushrooms.

Tao (left) and Jesse (right) walked us through the steps, from the selection of the wood (oak), to drilling holes for inoculation and hammering in plugs of shiitake spawn, and lastly applying a coat of wax.

We drilled, hammered, and waxed our way through 2,000 plugs! We got to take home two inoculated logs, pictured above, and we had time to enjoy some of Tao’s homemade hard lemonade and mango wine after our productive afternoon. We’re looking forward to the rest of their free workshops (here’s their 2012 schedule), join us!

Below are some close-ups of the waxed-over plugs.

Our newly inoculated mushroom logs will stay off the ground in a shady spot for 6-18 months, when they should start fruiting. Excited for lots of fresh shiitakes this fall!

Tao recorded the workshop on video, but it has not yet been posted to their website. For more in-depth information on growing mushrooms on a log, here’s a great online publication from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

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5 responses to “Our very own mushroom logs

  1. JC April 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    This is awesome! I bought a mushroom kit this year, but plan on making mushroom logs next year. Very helpful!

  2. Kathy Quinerly May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’m so excited about this…want to know how they come out…yum!

  3. Joan Matheus June 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I am so impressed./..passing this along to granddaughter and hort teachers…

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