As we continued our walk we became more alert and by the time we made it back up to the house we had collected eight lovely mushrooms!
Fungi Perfecti so that we could grow our own mushrooms. We've been gradually preparing to "plant" our special garden ever since. We selected a tall slender maple tree that was growing in the bottom where we plan to put in a pond, cut it down and sectioned it into four foot lengths several weeks ago. Then yesterday we got out the spawn (I love using the term spawn), the scrub brushes, the drills, the mallets, the Coleman stove and the paintbrush and we set to work.
Does this sound like garden planting to you? If not, then look and learn!
|First brush the logs clean of potentially competing life.|
|Drill holes on a four inch grid pattern around the entire log.|
|Tap in the mycelium covered plugs.|
|Brush melted wax over each plug and the ends of the logs.|
|Stack the logs in a criss-cross pattern|
|and add water.|
Next year we hop our efforts will bear fruit. Shitake, hen-of-the-woods, chicken-of-the-woods, and reishi.
Apparently all gardens are not created equal!