Leigh Martin wrote:I’ve been observing, engaging with, and growing fungi in my permaculture garden for a number of years.
My interests have ranged from ‘I found a bracket’ to ‘all the mushrooms’ to ‘wow, rare species’ to ‘all I’m interested in is mushrooms I can eat’
Fell deep down the rabbit hole of attempting to identify macro fungi, building an entire culturing lab (now being used for soil experiments and other things that require sterile conditions), to a keen interest in hobo Mycology and growing with nature instead of against it.
Using this thread to post some observation and experiences, past and present. Hoping that it might add some value. Will try remember scientific names of mushrooms.
Eric Hanson wrote:
I have had several piles of wood chips that just sat for some time but no significant degree of mushrooms appeared. Just to be clear, the conditions were not ideal for most mushrooms--the piles were out in full daylight, they tended to dry out, etc. I did get a very small number of mushrooms and I did dig around in the pile and found some fungal strands so some fungal activity was going on, but given the size of the pile, it would take a long time to fully colonize and produce mushrooms.
I got into Wine Caps because I had a large pile of wood chips I wanted to decay as fast as possible using permaculture principles. I posted here on Permies looking for suggestions and Wine Caps was the suggestion that came up. This was in 2018 and I have been fully on board with the Wine Cap ever since, but again, my primary reason for growing mushrooms is actually the breakdown of wood chips into nice, fertile garden bedding with the actual mushroom being a secondary goal. By now I have made quite a bit of mushroom compost bedding. Blue oysters were specifically recommended to me as another species that is also a voracious consumer of woody material, much like the Wine Cap.
Michael Cox wrote:
Those pink oysters look lovely! Did you have any issues growing them in chips? When I looked into oysters the ones I saw all suggested they needed to be grown on logs, rather than chips. Good flavour?
I also have wine caps in wood chips, that were established this year. We use a lot of chips around the gardens on paths and between beds, so adding mushrooms as an added bonus crop was an easy thing to add. Currently they are setup in smaller beds, but I will be using that to innoculate chips that get used elsewhere.
Eric Hanson wrote: I can see how living in the shadow makes growing veggies impossible in any meaningful quantity.