Watering should be pretty simple, right? Just train a hose on something like a mushroom log for a few minutes until it looks wet, then go home. Well, that is what I did my first year mushroom farming. Those logs turned out pretty well considering that this little water doesn’t really penetrate into the logs. … Continue reading learning to water
The Mill City Farmers Market is only a few miles from our house, so I have been bicycling over there on Saturday mornings. A friend is lending me his bike trailer, which is at least six foot long and has a capacity of 300 pounds. I am utilizing most of that, carrying fresh and dried… Continue reading four wheels to the market
weeding/pruning forest floor stacks (new shiitake logs) One of my most neglected tasks is managing the log stack environment. It is important to finesse humidity and air circulation in order to encourage growth of your mycelium while discouraging molds and competing fungi. Molds build up when you have too little air circulation and high humidity,… Continue reading pruning against mold
Last week I put together some “coolers” – boxes to keep mushrooms cool during the farmers market. The idea came from mushroom farm and spawn supplier Field and Forest Products. I cut foil-backed bubble wrap to fit into a cardboard box, taped it in with foil tape and I was ready to add mushrooms and… Continue reading cool mushrooms
We have had a lot of rain fall in the last few weeks, and the mushrooms love it, especially the shiitake and nameko. I have harvested a two or three dozen pounds of shiitake, while my few logs of Nameko are also doing well, and oysters have fruited a bit too, though its a bit… Continue reading mushrooms love rain!