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!
These are recently-inoculated shiitake logs that I have laid out in a wooded area at Grow! Twin Cities. The logs are close to the ground so that they don’t dry out too much and so that woodland plants will grow up around them, but are held off the ground with freshly cut saplings so that… Continue reading woodland habitat
This wasn’t exactly a barn raising, but it was done with similar speed. It is true that I have prepped the site since last fall – to put in ground anchors and post anchors, prep posts and hook up cabling, but prompted by our summer weather in late winter, we raised the shade structure last… Continue reading Raising the shade structure
This is a photo of what things look like out at the farm these days. Not prepossessing at all. The shade structure is down, and I work on it from time to time, since it is being improved and expanded for next year. Still, the most remarkable thing to me as I walk around there… Continue reading trusting and waiting
This is a stack of logs in the side yard of our 1/8 acre Minneapolis home – before I moved the stack out to the farm on Monday. This is the second of several such stacks to accumulate there after being inoculated. By the time these logs are moved to the farm, I may have… Continue reading moving piles
We have been moving logs into the Minneapolis workshop and other nearby space, but we have also been moving them out again in droves. And this has been possible only with the help of volunteers, who have been putting in hours cleaning logs, plunging spawn into logs, and sealing up these spots with cheese wax. … Continue reading volunteers save the day!
This morning I took a large truck an hour and a half or two hours north of the Twin Cities to pick up about 250 white oak logs. This photo is taken at the cabin at one of my loggers (to the right in the photo). They were a bit short, so they cut down… Continue reading where mushroom logs come from
A couple of years ago I built a dry root cellar in our basement in order to keep vegetables and fruits over the winter. I framed in a corner of our basement, put in a door and used a window to give the room access to the cool air from outside. Last year I acquired… Continue reading ready for mushroom spawn!
Welcome to the website and blog for Cherry Tree House Mushrooms. I hope you find it interesting and entertaining in the way that I find all things farming and homesteading entertaining. It is no accident that this is my first post – since this is the off season for outdoor mushroom cultivation. It is the… Continue reading winter work