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M.K. Dorje Sr. wrote:If you have access to woodchips/sawdust, you might want to try King Stropharia (aka Wine Caps). This species takes the summer heat well, and should grow well during a mild, wet southern Cali winter. There is a ton of info on this website about this species, but here is a video from Field & Forest to get you started:
Wine Caps usually grow very fast, and heavy inoculations can yield mushrooms in a few months. They are the easiest mushroom to grow for beginners. Good luck!
Thank you. Just watched a vid about wine caps in new york city last night. Yours is more informative! Awesome & I'm going to try!!!
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Nicholas Roberts wrote:Oysters are a great way to start.
I’d get spores for many varieties and see what works in your climate.
Field and Forest is a great supplier, but I don’t want to plug too much (no pun intended.)
Erika Bailey wrote:I have tried shitake mushroom logs in my backyard (started with just two to try it out) only to find that I grow really complicated and expensive squirrel food. The freakin' grey squirrels in my yard eat all my mushrooms. It seemed to produce fairly quickly if I soaked the logs...but just to watch them be whisked off by the squirrels up a tree. They sometimes will go only partway up to have me watch them as they eat my mushrooms. I may be a bit bitter. Of course, I might be in a better mood about it if they didn't all eat every last hazelnut too!
USA Zone 5b/6a (we live in a cold valley)
Erika Bailey wrote:@Marco
I figured I'd see if 2 were too much work, and if I had to do 5 times as much work to get any--definitely not worth it. I have 3 huge hazelnut bushes and have not gotten any hazelnuts since the first year they produced--about 7 years ago. I think the desire to eat of the small wildlife on my in-town plot grows with the increase in food production. They don't stop at sharing levels!