Mushroom Innoculation

Catch and Store Energy, Forest Gardening, Make it Yourself, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles / Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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At our party last weekend, we had intended to do grafting and mushroom inoculating, but didn’t get to the latter.  Rob has been working on evenings this week to complete the task, which is not difficult, just time consuming.  Amassing the items required for the job was the most tedious part.

We have been collecting wax for a while, getting a bunch of old beeswax from a friend (which inadvertently attracted a swarm!) and kept it for this purpose.  We didn’t want to make waste of a paintbrush by covering it with wax, so my husband and eldest son had a good foray around the yard looking for a brush substitute.  They settled on a dried Queen Anne’s Lace flower.  It worked well!

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The process went something like this:  Find the appropriate type of healthy wood for the mushroom spawn you have – logs should be at least 6″ in diameter.  If the wood is old and dried out (in other words, older than a couple of weeks or stored in the sun) it needs to be soaked over night.  For our sawdust spawn, we drilled holes in the wood 7/16″ wide and 1/2″ deep spaced 6″ apart in a diamond pattern.  Plug the holes with spawn by pushing it in the holes with a dowel.  Cover the hole and spawn with wax to protect it from weather and insects.  Find a shady spot for the logs.  Wait.

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4 Replies to “Mushroom Innoculation”

    1. So far it’s been easy! Gathering the things we needed together at the right time was the toughest part. When you buy your mushroom spawn, it will only keep for a few months. Then it’s best to use freshly cut wood from a healthy tree…so timing those things is a bit tricky. Other than that, it was a breeze. Now we’ll have to wait and see if we get a mushroom crop!

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