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I started down the mushroom
path because of my interest in soil. Essentially I wanted to make the best, most fertile soil possible. Originally this meant amending existing soil with various organic additives, then evolved into planting beneficial plants (especially legumes). But eventually I wanted to make my soil from scratch, kinda like a form of super-composting. As I have a lot of brush that gets cleared annually, chipping that brush into piles of chips seemed like the right thing to do. But then those piles just sat around, taking years to decay. I wanted a way to turn that pile of chips into something like garden
bedding much faster. Initially I was thinking about adding nitrogen to the chips so as to enhance bacterial action but was dissuaded when I learned that mushrooms, especially Wine Caps but also Oysters would do the job
better and faster than bacteria. Since about 2018 I have been making my "soil" from wood
chips broken down by Wine Caps and this garden bedding is the most fertile "soil" I have ever seen! I still have plans
to enhance it even more but using fungi
to break down wood has been an amazing experience
I thought I would start a list of Wine-Cap mushroom growing threads. I have made several threads over the years but I thought it would be nice
to have all of them in one place. Please bear
in mind that while I am making this list and I have had some good success with Wine Caps, I am not an expert, but rather an fortunate and informed amateur. I still make mistakes and I wholly welcome the advice, experience and suggestions of others in this thread
. I am making it to help guide new mushroom growers and pass on a bit of what I have learned. Also, while this is a list about growing mushrooms, it focuses more on those mushrooms that can really break down organic materials quickly. The main purpose here is to rapidly decompose wood, with the actual mushroom being a tasty side-effect. If at some point I get better at growing more culinary mushrooms over the rapidly decomposing mushrooms then I will add that at a future date.
List of updated Wine Cap growing instructions HERE:
The following links are sort of organized. The very first link on the top of the list is by far the longest thread of the bunch--maybe more than all the rest combined. I particularly keep that one updated so as to share my success, failures and anxieties. If you are new to this thread, I recommend reading that one first.
The list of links are then grouped into three clusters. The first cluster is specific to Wine Caps. The second one relates to other mushrooms, but especially Oyster Mushrooms. The final group pertains to soil as the soil and mushroom compost
sorta merge together. I added in a bunch of links from resident soil expert Bryant RedHawk
And Finally the List of Threads!!
Wine Cap growing threads
Number One Wine Cap Thread!! Consider Starting Here!!
Oyster Growing Threads
A Really Good General Mushroom Thread
Some other threads by RedHawk that may be useful
I will periodically update this thread and add to this list, I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to add your own experiences/suggestions either in this thread or in any or the other attached threads