dan long wrote:I read that oyster and shitake mushrooms grow well on alder logs so that is what I fantasize about growing.
dan long wrote:Can a healthy population of mycellium out-compete mold and other contaminants?
dan long wrote:For instance, once i have a log that if fully colonized, could i perhaps dump a big load of unpasturized wood chips on top of it for the mycelium to migrate into? Or even, would i be likely to succeed if i were to do this with hot-composted manure? What if I were to sort of build a compost pile on top of a colonized log? Would the mycelium be able to migrate into and consume the compost pile? Or would the contaminants force out the mycelium? Maybe it would be somewhere in between where i would start seeing multiple species of mycelium in the pile and i could just harvest the ones that I innoculated for in the first place? Can more that one specie of fungus grow in the same place? I just realized that i have never noticed two different types of mushrooms growing together.
dan long wrote:Is the mycelium very likely to colonize a log that i place in contact with a colonized log? I would have to peel the bark off of both and then put the exposed parts in contact.
dan long wrote:Better yet, would the mycelium be very likely to migrate through the soil that the logs are resting on and then start popping up other places?
dan long wrote:If I put extra mushroom mycelium into garden soil, am i likely to get mushrooms in my garden? Am i likely to get them in nearby logs? How about mulch? Maybe this is a complicated question since different mushroom prefer different growing mediums and conditions.
dan long wrote:I saw a video on how to inoculate dowels with mycelium. It didn't seem really complicated. Just boil the s*** out of the dowels and a glass jar then make alternating layers of dowels and mushroom "roots" (does that work or would i have to use colonized coffee grounds?). However, in the spirit of "minimum effort, maximum effect" am I likely to succeed if I were to just stuff some mushroom "roots" into a hole in a log instead of a colonized dowel?
dan long wrote:I am going for the permaculture "minimum effort, maximum effect" thing here, and i'm just trying to figure out which corners can and cannot be cut.