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Hi Everyone,
Fall is definately in the air here... as are the colorful leaves that used to be on the trees. Sigh. Had a big rain and.... I have all sorts of awesome and colorful fungi everywhere!

There are a lot of Shaggy Manes further out in the woods, but I would like to establish some very near my home. Any suggestions? Can someone tell me how best to culture these?

Thanks!
 
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If you wish to establish these around your home, pick as many as you can, and bring them back to your home. You can just toss them on the ground in the areas you wish them to grow. Or, let them dissolve to a black goo in a bucket, then fill the bucket with water (unchlorinated) , mix and pour the water into the ground.

Shaggy Manes seem to like high-nitrogen soil. They often show up in yards that have been recently fertilized. So you may wish to try this in a highly-manured area, with lots of organic material.

Another thing to try is to dig up some of the soil where they are growing, and transplant that to a suitable location near your house.

These mushrooms can also be cloned and grown on agar, grain and sawdust, then spawned to beds in your yard, but that can get a little involved.
 
                            
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Thanks!
 
                            
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Wow, found some in depth culture "recipes" at this website:
http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5874305/page/0/fpart/1/vc/1

http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2250203

Having read this, I guess my next question would be, is it possible to have mushroom beds which produce more than one type of mushroom?  Am envisioning a raised, hugelkultur type bed....

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A hugelculture bed seems like it would be the ideal way to get mushrooms growing next to your garden plants. Most cultivated species of mushrooms grow on wood, so if the logs used in constructing a hugelculture bed were inoculated with edible mushroom spawn, the mushroom mycelium would help digest the logs and provide delicious mushrooms... I hope one day to be in a situation where I can try this.

Historically, farmers have grown Wine Cap Mushrooms (Stropharia rugosoannulata) in bales or piles of straw in between rows of other crops in Central Europe. (Wine caps and Shaggy Manes prefer compost to wood, sometimes referred to as secondary decomposers vs. the primary decomposers that eat wood directly.)

As with gathering wild mushrooms, care must be taken in identification, since many poisonous mushrooms also grow on logs. Just because one is trying to grow edible mushrooms doesn't mean that poisonous ones won't also come up.
 
                            
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Thanks again. Interesting about other places...things they do!

I am ultraparanoid when it comes to mushrooms, so no worries with me eating anything poisonous. I even avoid touching anything that I'm not confident I know what it is. May be overkill on my part, but oh well.

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have had real good success with shaggie transplanted in old goat manure that hill has produced longer and in better quantities and size for 3 seasons now and still producing well going to restock manure this spring
 
                            
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That's terrific! Something I even have plenty of on hand. I'll keep that in mind for next year. Under snow right now. Not bad, about 1 1/2 inches.
 
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