Growing Mushrooms

April 6, 2016
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This past weekend we had a little family adventure when myself, my mom, my sister, and my brother attended a workshop to learn how to grow mushrooms.  My mom and I have recently been learning a lot about how to make a lot of our own food and just make sure we are using a lot less processed and preserved food and instead using fresh, whole foods, and even growing our own when possible.  And my brother has basically become a small farmer himself!  I love mushrooms, so as soon as my sister-in-law asked if we were interested in going to a mushroom growing workshop, I was super excited to try it out.

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The mushroom spawn

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The log drills

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We inoculated all of these logs! Every one of these will be growing mushrooms.

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A sample of what they will eventually produce

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The actual process of “planting” the mushrooms is really quite easy and a lot faster than I expected, but after you prepare the logs it takes 6-9 months until you start getting mushrooms!  All in all I am happy we learned this new skill and I am anxious to see how our logs do (be brought 3 home with us), but since you have to wait so long for the logs to fruit we will still be buying them from the store for some time :)

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You first drill holes every 6 inches in the logs

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You then inoculate the logs, which is inserting the spawn into the holes that were drilled.

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Spawn filled holes

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After all the holes have been filled with spawn, you cover the holes with wax to ensure the spawn doesn’t dry out, as well as seal it up from anything else (you don’t want) growing!

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Finished logs! Now you just play the waiting game for the next several months until they start growing!

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