A few years ago I became interested in growing our own mushrooms, especially shiitake. I put it on hold and then I saw a class that was being offered at our local agricultural center. Since I couldn't attend, I talked Hart into going. He came home with a log inoculated with the mushroom spores. It will take about a year before we can harvest any.
So I decided we would need more than one log of mushrooms and ordered a bag of shiitake mushroom spores online. Hart cut down some small trees and Sunday we spent most of the afternoon inoculating the logs.
|Logs waiting for the process to begin.|
The first step was to brush the logs free of debris or mold and to drill holes in it.
|Shiitake mushroom spores.|
|Hart drilled about 20 holes in each log, in a diamond pattern.|
Hart filling each hole.
|Hole is filled with the spores.|
Pushing the spores into the hole.
Metal rod is used to push spores firmly into holes.
|Melted cheese wax used to cover each hole and any sawed off area.|
Brushing the holes with wax.
Wax covering the holes on log.
I'm brushing the logs with the hot wax, including the ends of the logs.