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M.K. Dorje Sr.

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It's probably a polypore of some kind. In order to identify your mushroom, we'll need to know the following:

Are the pores underneath a whitish color?
Do the pores change from white to a brownish-black color when you scratch them?
Are the spores brown?

If your answer is yes to all three questions, then you probably have a Ganoderma (Ling Chih/Reishi group.) Check out this key from mushroomexpert.com:

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/polyporales.html


If the pores are grayish-brown, they don't stain and the spores are white, you could have something in the Phellinus igniarius group:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phellinus_igniarius





1 hour ago
Field & Forest says that Eucalyptus is "satisfactory" for growing Shiitake, although I have no experience with that wood. Here's their chart:

https://www.fieldforest.net/category/growing-outdoors

There is another thread on here somewhere about this very topic. It seems that growing Chicken-of-Woods on Eucalyptus is a bit controversial. I'd probably stick with Shiitake, just to be safe.

I did a little bit of research and apparently Eucalyptus is commonly used for Shiitake production in Brazil. Different species of Eucalyptus have different success rates with different strains of Shiitake. Consult your local mushroom spawn company for more specific strain info. Good luck!
14 hours ago
Here's a video about making and using meadow mushroom spore slurry:



I've had success with this method with morels and some other species. Agaricus mushrooms all prefer soil high in calcium and nearly neutral pH. Paul Stamets recommends using organic molasses as your source of sugar in the slurry. He also adds a pinch of salt to inhibit bacterial growth. Good luck!
1 week ago
I've had a lot of squirrel problems on my farm- particularly the Gray Squirrels- they are difficult to capture with a live trap and extremely obnoxious. They love to take one bite out of an almost-ripe pluot or plum and just leave it on the ground for the ants. I don't use violence against animals (although I've been tempted!) , so I've come up with some other ways to deal with them.

Probably my best strategy is to net my  favorite trees that don't have much fruit on them (peaches, pluots, plums) and just let the squirrels eat from the tops of the tallest cherry trees (35') or from the apple trees. I've got TONS of apples, so I use some trees with mediocre fruit as a "trap" crop. I also harvest a lot of the netted pluots, peaches and plums now a little early, and then store the fruit in the fridge and then  ripen the fruit on the counter in paper bags. The squirrels get their crop and I get mine.

I also encourage owls and hawks by putting up nesting boxes, platforms and leaving Doug-fir snags near the orchard and garden.  I have a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks and several species of owls that live around here now. I 've never heard of hawks attacking gardeners before. But I've heard of Barred Owls attacking joggers though! Hope this advice might be of help...
2 weeks ago
I think those could be Stinkhorns. Check these photos and description at mushroomexpert.com:

https://www.mushroomexpert.com/phallus_impudicus.html

Do they smell funky? After the spore-bearing slime is removed by insects, this stinkhorn species can be mistaken for morels!

Stinkhorns make good soil out of woody mulch. And although at least one species is cultivated in China for the "eggs', I've yet to hear of anyone eating them in this country.
2 weeks ago
Bruce, here is a link showing mushroom/tree species compatibility in a chart from Field & Forest mushrooms in Wisconsin:

https://www.fieldforest.net/category/growing-outdoors#logs

I hope this chart is helpful. These folks have great spawn- I have excellent results with all their stuff. They also answer questions from newbies  if you order over the phone.

And just for the record, the F & F chart shows eucalyptus to be a satisfactory log for shiitake, but that's it.


3 weeks ago
Thank you for the Peter McCoy video. I really enjoyed his book Radical Mycology. I highly recommend this book for those who have read the excellent books by Paul Stamets,  but want to go a step further into the world of myco-permaculture. It is a virtual encyclopedia of cutting edge mycology.
3 weeks ago
Jen, I think it might be Lysurus mokusin:

https://www.mushroomexpert.com/lysurus_mokusin.html

Is this the one you have?



4 weeks ago
Bruce, where are you located? Depending on where you live, you might already have truffles nearby. For example, I live in Oregon and Oregon white truffles are found here under Douglas-fir, including my food forest farm.

If people are sincerely interested in growing truffles and are not into a get-rich-quick scheme, I always suggest that they check out Taming the Truffle, a book by Ian Hall, Gordon Brown and Alessandra Zambonelli. This is one of the best books ever written about truffles and truffle growing. Site selection, changing the soil pH, and finding the right tree and truffle species for your area are all crucial to success. Territorial Seed Company also now sells truffle- inoculated trees for those who wish to try growing European truffles.
1 month ago
Truffle growers in Idaho are reporting success with growing European truffles:

https://www.idahofb.org/News-Media/2018/05/some-idaho-growers-starting-to

Apparently there is region in Idaho where the European truffles like the soil and climate.
2 months ago