I have an abundance of wood chips delivered last weekend (2x 20-yard truck loads)
I have already begun a SRA/winecap/stropharia mushroom bed, I have high hopes for that.
Are there any other mushroom species that lend themselves to outdoor cultivation? Oyster mushroom cultivation seems fiddly, filling small plastic bags with wood chips, then pasteurizing them. hanging them, misting them...etc
I plan to use most of the chips to build soil, but I will still have excess.
I also began mixing them in with my green kitchen scraps to add carbon to my compost mix.
Oyster mushrooms, like most of the mushrooms, grow outdoors in nature. I use oysters in gray water system cleaner setups.
They can grow under your trees, under shrubs, all you have to do is set the soil up to support their life cycle.
Just about any mushroom you might want to grow for food can be grown outdoors.
Thanks for the reply. The oyster mushrooms I have found locally are growing on dead-standing trees, never on the ground. Have you inoculated oyster spawn into your soil and observed it spreading and fruiting?
From what I have been reading, it seems like you need the right combination of substrate (straw, chips, leaf litter) and lack of competition from other molds and fungi to have success. Which is why most people go the route of creating a sterile environment to ensure their desired mushroom takes hold.
I have many mushrooms growing on our farm. When we want to grow a specific species we set up a space for them and inoculate with the desired species.
I do mushroom logs and wood chip beds mostly. We have wild edibles, since we live with the woods, that we could gather should we want to eat those instead of our inoculant mushrooms.
Generally we let those that nature brought us, do their thing and we grow the ones for our table use.
Last year I found a wonderful lion's mane on a downed oak tree and we have many wild species that love to devour the dead trees.
Fungi will compete and that means you have to know how they take care of their competitors before you collect them on our land.
That's why we just inoculate.
If you are growing your own spawn, then indeed you need a sterile room, if you are using plugs then you just need freshly cut logs of a compatible wood species.