Matthew McCoul wrote:I'm putting in a new bedand I'm thinking about inoculating it with edible mushroom spores.
does anyone have experience with this? What kind of mushrooms / fungi are a good idea? Oyster mushrooms? wine caps? shiitake mushrooms? and what should I do to get them to grow there?
I am new to growing mushrooms in general.
Fungi Perfecti, mentioned by myself and others already, has a slightly different Chicken of the Woods that you could use. It is Laetiporus conerificola instead of cincinnatis, but probably not far off from your own experience. You might start a new thread to ask around about that particular variation since only the people looking to discuss mushrooms in relation to hugel will be looking into this thread.
Mike Schroer wrote:Last spring I came across a chicken of the woods (Laetiporus Cincinnatis) fruiting from the ground near a live red oak tree. This was in the woods with many other trees around. It was the best mushroom I have ever tasted. I have not been able to find anywhere that sells Laetporus Cincinnatis spores and I am not equipped to start spores. So I took an oak tree that I recently cut down and stood some 4' segments on the ground in that area of the woods. I'm sure it is a long shot but since I had the materials I thought I would give it a try. If these logs were to get inoculated I may try moving a couple to another part of the woods to expand the area. Just waiting for the weather to warm up to see if anything happens in that area this year.
Matthew McCoul wrote:Some good ideas so far.
I have heard several stories about people's beds sprouting fruiting fungi, some edible, but where I heard this escapes me.
Anyone with direct experience in this? I'd like to keep this thread going until we hit at least one "I've done this".
I think it'd be useful to other people searching this in the future.
i know this post is old, but ill give my 2 cents anyway. 3 years ago i filled 4' by 8' large spots under my spruces w/ 12in of fresh hardwood sawdust. i mixed 2 bags each of wine cap spawn from everything mushrooms into these beds and mixed in well with even some soil from underneath. covered with 3in. of straw and left them alone for the summer. i would water when the garden needed it. early fall i got a small flush in 1 of the beds. the next spring , i dug up the chips from 1 bed and put it around all my bushes and trees. then covered w/ 3in. of fresh sawdust. by mid summer my untouched bed had huge flushes of wine caps. by late summer there were shrooms all over around where i spread the spawn and is still producing 3 yrs. later. i just cover with fresh sawdust each spring. in my bed i turn in the sawdust, and top with more straw. my bed was starting to slow down in production so i added blewit spawn and 2 falls ago i got my 1st blewits. i have spread them around my plants as well so i have a mix. wine caps in summer and blewits in fall.
Kelton Mitchell wrote:I made a hugelcrater with a few trees I cut down a couple years ago. I know the typical method is a mound, but I like to try different things to see how they work out, or don't. I have had wild mushrooms coming up for a while, but was having a hard time identifying them since I am completely new to gardening, much less mushrooming. I just recently was able to find out that I have turkey tail, brick cap, and wood ear mushrooms growing out of my crater. I am going to be planting more wood in the nonhugelcrater right next to it. The brick caps and wood ears taste better than any store bought mushroom to me. Due to the competition with wild fungi, I like the approach of just burying the wood, seeing what pops up, and do the appropriate research to positively identify each and every mushroom you harvest (brick caps have a poisonous look-alike that can grow right along with it called sulfur tufts).
The thing that sparked my more aggressive pursuit to identify what was coming up was a flare up of my Crohn's disease. Some mushroom supplements got me back on my feet and back to the job. However, this stuff could easily bankrupt me. Therefore, my interest in the backyard mushrooms.