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Cultivating woodland mushrooms in the Ozarks

 
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hi so I have a little bit of experience growing oyster mushrooms in bag kits and have inoculated logs in a seminar before. This spring I am planning on going both shiitake reishi and oyster mushrooms in logs. I feel that along our treat bed that occasionally floods would be the best bet to keep the humidity in hydration for the logs. what can I do to keep the logs that are inoculated from floating away during the occasional flooding time would I have to haul them all up the hill or is there a good way to tether them in place or should I just pick a different location all together. Aside from harvesting water for IBC totes and leading animals to drink and enjoying the serenity of the trickling water while I do yoga I would like to find more functions for the creek bed! also we have both red and white oak trees and sycamore trees in abundance I believe red oaks are the best bet for the mushroom varieties I'll be growing if anyone else has any suggestions as to what trees I should get please let me know. Laastly I know I am coming to the end of the time when I can safely cut the dormant trees to inoculate. I am also under the impression that I do not want to inoculate standing dead trees and those are better suited for firewood because they may already have natural spores taking over them. I'm not sure if I am wording that right but basically I'm trying to find out if I should not use trees that are already standing dead and instead limb tree that are alive but dormant.
 
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Hi Gail, I am sorry I didn’t get to this yesterday.

My thoughts are that if your logs are possibly going to get swept away, I would anchor them either to a solid ground stake or maybe a nearby tree.

Since these are mushroom logs, I would be tempted to use either wire or light chain.  Also, again as these logs are being eaten by mushrooms, they might get fragile so I might attach them in multiple places along the log.

If all of this sounds like too much, I might be tempted to just move everything uphill a ways.

I hope this helps.

Eric
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