drake schutt wrote:
abe- if you ever want to grow some warm weather varieties- paddy straw and milky mushrooms grow in hot climates. you would need to supplement humidity though.
Florian Kogseder wrote:This fall I've harvested mycelium from 5 species of mushrooms, transferred it onto sterile substrates and stored it in the fridge after they completely colonized the substrate. By now I've stored all crops from my garden and filled my freezer with enough fish and meat for the next months, so it's time to get them out again and start producing spawn to inoculate some logs in spring.
In this thread I'm going to show you step by step how I work.
I already posted a description of how I get spawn from mushrooms in another thread
Some of the steps are the same, so I'll only add some pictures
STEP 1: SUBSTRATE (40% sawdust, 40% rye/wheat, 20% coffee grounds, in this case I'll mix it with compost, because I don't have enough coffee)
First you need to make a substrate. I cook the wheat until lots of the grains burst (around 30min), sieve them, and use the cooking water to soak the sawdust. leave both grain and sawdust to drip off for 10-20 minutes and then mix it with the DRY! coffee grounds.
like I said before you can use almost anything as substrate, but it's really important that your mushrooms have enough water, but all of the water should be taken up by the substrate.
Dan Tutor wrote:
Thank you florian! You are a role model for the hobby/ home cultivator! I have been interested in collecting, eating, and growing fungi for many years, but I have had only mediocre success in fruiting anything but in controlled environments.
This year however I finally spent the time and a little extra money to create a still air box and a clean closet to do agar transfers and clone wild or grocery store fruits and make my own spawn. The result has been the difference between dabbling and feeling real confidence. My contam rate dropped from above 50% to below 20%, and now I can isolate and propagate almost anything I find. I feel the next step is to intuitively and creatively integrate mushroom cultivation techniques into a permaculture setting, just as you have!
It can be difficult bridging the gap between sterile lab mycologists and permies with living soil under their fingernails, but you are proving it can be done.
I hope to post some documentation of my techniques and hopefully successes this year, thank you for the inspiration.
John Saltveit wrote:Thanks for showing that Florian. My eyes are getting worse over the years.
The placement and species of mushroom and substrate are important too.
Florian Kogseder wrote:Until now it seems that perfectly healthy wood inoculated 2 months after cutting was perfectly colonized almost without any contaminations from wild mushrooms.
Cj Verde wrote:2 months after cutting seems like a long time! Did you cut in late winter & inoculate in spring?