The Simple Way to Grow Gorgeous Shiitake Mushrooms
A lot of people do not know to grow mushrooms from home or might think it is too hard. But the truth be told, if you are able to grow a potato or even a carrot, you will definitely be able to grow mushrooms either at the farm or at your home.
The absolute hardest part of growing any sort of mushrooms is that dreaded wait.
It takes an awfully long time to grow certain types of mushrooms, but once you get started you will be able to grow delicious mushrooms each and every year.
The following will show you how simple it is to grow beautiful shiitake mushrooms. This simple method is called log inoculation, which means you introduce the mushroom’s spores to the log. After this, you just need to wait for the pores to infect the log. When they have finally spread, you will next have yummy mushrooms.
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• The first step is to gather hardwood. These usually need to be 4 feet long and ready for the inoculation.
• Once you have done this, you will need to drill holes in them. The holes should be least 6 inches apart and in rows. This is where you will introduce the spores to the log.
• Next, you will need to apply shiitake sawdust to the holes using a palm style brass inoculator. The inculcator is usually just a bit bigger that the holes that were drilled in the wood logs. Over some time, the spores will begin to multiply.
• When all of the holes have been filled you will need to seal them. This will cause the spores to spawn through the log. You can do this with cotton balls and melted cheese wax. The log’s ends should also be covered with the wax to help retain moisture.
• After you have sealed all of the logs, they should be crib stacked and set aside for a year to allow the spawn to grow the mycelium through the log. After one year, the logs are then soaked submerged for 24 hours in a water trough. Finally, the logs should be leaned.
• Water sprinklers should be applied to the logs to prevent the mushrooms from drying out. After a week has passed, the mushrooms will begin to appear. They are then ready to be picked as needed. When the mushrooms have been picked, the logs will need to sit for at least 8 weeks for the mycelium to recharge. After 8 weeks, they are ready for another round of submerging so to allow for another growing stage.
This is the simplest way to grow shiitake mushrooms. As stated above, the hardest part is the waiting. But in the end, you will see that it is absolutely worth it!
You should know that you do not need to use 250 or more logs unless you are going to sell the mushrooms at a market. Use just about 2 or even 3 logs to be kept in the shade of your garden that will make just enough mushrooms for a family for many months.
When you get started you will think to yourself, why haven’t I done this sooner?
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