I just had my first harvest of BIG oyster mushrooms from a pile of straw in my garden and wanted to share my vid :) I just set it up by throwing down some cardboard and piling it up with alternating layers of wet straw and grain spawn. Some of the straw was chopped and soaked with pickling lime solution and about half of it was just part of a bale I had in my garden.
I will say this - even though it was probably easier to do the "pile" method, I may try to make some small wire enclosures next time so the mushrooms have an easier time growing out the sides of the pile/stack. Or maybe even make my piles in a laundry basket or something. Will continue to experiment and refine this method for sure! I'm happy with them - they were delicious and so huge. Happy girl.
Just me and my kids, off griddin' it - follow along our shenanigans at our YouTube Uncle Dutch Farms.