Courtesy of Paul Stamets' Mycelium Running, I've been encouraged to defeat a life long phobia of ingesting mushrooms. I started by doing a lot of reading of medical issues. Then, one day, I bought two button mushrooms at my coop. The shrooms went home and sat on a table until I finally went over and bit into one. I didn't die. So I'm in the process of expanding my mushroom experiments. I want to grow some mushrooms in northeast Wisconsin, zone 4b, where I have a maple-beech-birch forest. Any strong recommendations?
And thanks for joining the forums! I look forward to reading Radical Mycology.
Welcome welcome! I have been enjoying mushrooms for decades and have been very interested in attempting to grow them but not sure if it's possible to create a growing situation(shed, greenhouse, etc.) in the high desert so I'm very interested in learning more!
Love the videos and all of the information you've been sharing.
I was hoping that you're appearance at Bonaroo, would sway my wife to make the trip to Tennessee for a vacation. Sadly no. I hope to make the 3 hour trip from PA to DC if my schedule allows in May since it is the closest appearance on you schedule this year.
Welcome, Peter! Went to your very informative presentation at the IMA a few months back and I'm looking forward to this. Have inoculated shiitake logs (no fruiting bodies - yet) and first attempt oysters indoors (failed). Very interested in creating medicinal tinctures. Thank you!
Thanks so much for the nice welcome. I will be keeping an eye on the thread today and will be at the computer around 4 pm PST tomorrow (Tuesday) if any of you want to have a bit of a dialogue. To answer some of the questions that have already come up:
Yes! I can talk about mushroom and lichen dyeing. It is quite easy and similar to plant dyeing. Though you can get some colors (such as red) with mushrooms that are harder to get with plants. Alum and iron are safe and simple mordants. In my book I have a whole chart on what fungi produce which color papers and dyes. If you have more specific questions about dyeing, fire away!
@Douglas Buege: A maple-beech-birch forest is IDEAL for growing mushrooms. All those tree species are good candidates for many gourmet and medicinal mushrooms (Pioppino, oysters, maitake, wood ear, lion's mane, reishi, shiitake, nameko, turkey tail). These are some of the more well-known species, some of which are quite easy to grow. You may even have many wild edible/medicinal mushrooms growing on or near these trees that you could harvest. Chaga looks like a big black gall but is deep, rich red inside. It is very medicinal and makes a delicious, coffee-like tea.
Yes! There are ways to grow fungi in the desert. I taught a Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course in Santa Fe last year that focused on overcoming the humidity and heat issues.
Ok, well that's a little teaser. Please shoot me pointed questions and I will do my best to answer them all. Looking forward to the week!
See the 700-page Radical Mycology book—a compendium of all things related to fungi, their cultivation, and application—here: http://bit.ly/rmchthaeus
I, too, like Fredy am hoping to acquire land in the next few months. I love the idea of using fungi to mitigate any previous or current contaminants thereon. Can't wait to see all your answers to the many interesting and pertinent questions already posted. I'm sure we will all learn a lot in the next few days.
I am a monitoring coordinator for a town in coastal southern Maine. I've gotten a lot of interest from local watershed protection groups, land trusts and other angencies about utilizing mycoremediation to help with fecal coliform contamination in a few local rivers and streams.
The result of these contams is the closure of clam flats which the town and it's citizens would love to see open again. You're book would be a huge help to getting this going! Thanks man!
Hi, Peter. I'm really interested in myco-remediation (sp?) Which fungi are better at clearing out petroleum products from the soil? Radiation? This topic just fascinates me. How long does it generally take for the little critters to do their thing?
P.S. I'm crossing my fingers & wishing for a copy of the free books you're awardsing.
If you feel like expanding at all on those strategies for overcoming the humidity and heat challenges one faces when cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms in arid environments (or Northern/Central California, where there's generally [but not always] a fair amount of moisture during winter months and then lonnnnnnng stretches of very little moisture/precipitation/humidity) I'd love to hear them. I'm curious what if any low-tech, outdoor-based approaches to edible mushroom cultivation in such climates you've seen working well. Related to that: any thoughts on the use of greywater or collected rainwater (i.e. in what contexts might these sources be great to use vs. what situations would they not be)? Feel free to take an answer to this broad topic in any direction that you'd like. – Thanks for your time and insights, Greg