I will be coppicing some trees this coming winter. I want to use some of the wood for mushrooms! I am leaning toward purchasing Inoculated wood plugs to put in the logs.
I will be dropping some Mulberry, and Bradford pears. I may decide to cut some undetermined variety of columnar Maple as well. I think the largest diameter will be 8” while most will be more like 3” to 4”.
What mushrooms would work on these wood varieties, and how long should I cut the logs? Any other advice?
Check at fungi perfecti or other mushroom spawn sellers to check and see if those woods are good for growing mushrooms.
Most of the logs I use are either hickory or oak (nut trees work very well for most mushrooms) if you want chicken of the woods you would need a conifer wood.
I grow oyster, shitake and lions mane on oak or hickory and they do very well.
I like logs I can pick up so mine are usually in the 6 to 8 inch diameter range and I only make them three feet long.
I cut and inoculate as soon after as possible because I have so many different spores floating around on buzzard's roost that if I waited the logs would be compromised.
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