Carla Burke wrote:I've ordered a bunch of fungi - without really knowing much about growing them. We've grown oysters in a box, & hubs put out morel spore, last month.
I now have reishi, maitake, Turkey tail, puffball, lion's mane, and chicken of the woods ALL en route, and due in the next few days! I know there will be directions with them, all. Ok. No, I don't KNOW that. I'm HOPING it really hard, though! Ok, I ordered these fungi days ago, and was perfectly calm and rational. Now that they're arrival is imminent, I'm starting to panic.
But, they all have to go outside, because I'm not set up to grow much of anything inside, other than the vermiculture farm hubs has (which is where my avocado seeds are doing amazingly well!), and the 2 stalks of celery in the kitchen window, that I'm growing from our last grocery store celery. I've loads of oak, live, standing dead, and downed. Will that work for all of them? I have shady spots, sunny spots, & part sunny spots. As far as soil, I have mostly clay and rocks, but, some soil, in small amounts, too.
If I can't do them all in one day, how should I prioritize them? What have I gotten myself into, here? Don't these things usually kinda do their own thing? Are there any reasons why they should or shouldn't work as 'companions'? Are there plants they should or shouldn't be hanging out with? I mean, is the (partly sunny) flower bed too 'uptown'? Or will they turn their noses up, at the scrawny junipers that hang out, in the sun? Or... ai, yai, yai...
Ugh, please don't tell hubs I feel like I'm in over my head, hmm?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:The Lions mane in the syringe is meant to be used to inoculate a sterile substrate (growing medium), not really hard to make such a medium if you happen to have a pressure cooker.
The puff ball comes with the substrate to get started growing it from spores.
The Reishi, Maitake and turkey tail are also provided as spores that are mingled with some substrate.
Plug spawn is for tamping into drilled holes in logs.
If you can't find or don't receive directions with the products, please let me know and I'll be happy to help you get things going.
Dennis Bangham wrote:You should try foraging for the Chicken and Hen of the woods. You may also find Lion's Mane, Reishi, Oyster, Wood Ear. After a good rain and the weather drops a couple of degrees (not freezing) you may find that what you seek to grow.