Saturday, November 11, 2006






The end of the beginning...when we left our mushroom project, I'd run short of plugs...so I went out the next day to Field and Forest to buy more, without an exact number to work with (I figured 100 more would do it.) Got home "finish" my project, only to discover that 100 plugs would not be enough. Oh well, I was ready to be done...and I know I'd spaced many holes too closely. So I staggered the plugs to be spaced appropriately, and now it's time to cover them all with wax. Not looking forward to such time-consuming tedium, I got the bright idea to heat the wax and "paint" it on. As good as this sounded in theory....reality was a dripping, undirectable, inefficient mess. *Sigh*...so I commenced to glop wax over each and every plug individually...and again with the truck headlights assisting visibility, my project went on into the evening. I got wax coverage of all but the very bottom holes...again figuring that moisture loss will be mitigated by the tree remaining rooted. I mean, much as I like visiting the folks at Field and Forest...I am absolutely ready to be done launching this project already!! The other pictures in this post are of the small shiitake log I did at the seminar 4/05....it's just lying behind this old wheelbarrow in the shade, popping out mushrooms. When I'd first placed it out there, I observed that something had gouged out most all the spawn-filled holes (turkeys and pine squirrels are said to love this stuff)....so I thought nothing would happen. But that's the beauty of mycelium....they get into a spot and run like crazy...here's hoping they do the same in my big, rooted stump!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some beautiful shots of winter. Love the idea of growing mushrooms. I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. Always enjoy your blog.
Bob of bobsgarden.com

lisa said...

Thanks Bob! I enjoy your blog as well...and as much as I love living in Wisconsin, I've always envied your climate in the Pacific northwest. I hope to vacation out there one day, maybe tour some of my favorite nurseries!

C.C. said...

Hadn't stopped by in a while and look at what I'm missing!. I have been thinking about doing plugs, and now I'm convinced. Thanks for the insightful posts and useful links. I'll be getting out my credit card and charging up my drill.

lisa said...

Thanks C.C.! In your climate, you'll likely harvest year-round, and aside from initial setup, this is some of the easiest gardening you'll ever do. The mushrooms are just delicious! The Field and Forest people have an excellent selection...the "Grey Dove" oyster mushrooms taste just like morels-yum!