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Apr 7, 2014 10:19 AM

Mushroom Logs

Sounds easy to do from vendors who are selling shiitake and oyster mushroom logs. Is it really that easy? I live in the south, and would have to store it under my house. I think. I'd rather hear from you all on actual experience, especially in a warm climate. I haven't done much research yet. My son loves mushrooms.......

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  1. I was given one as a gift. I tried it and only got one or two little tiny mushrooms. It was a disappointment for me.

    I'd be curious to hear other people's experiences too because I'd love for them to work.

    1. Nor Cal , during the winter inside the house, 2 harvests of shiitake mushrooms

      The woman who cuts my hair grows mushrooms in a paper bag , following instructions from the internet

      1. It's easy with the right tools. Here is a summary I wrote about making a shitake log recently. I'm in the South too and have it hung under my deck. I used a cool season shitake variety...we'll see how well it does come autumn!

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        1. re: meatn3

          Thanks. I tried to do a search, but embarrassingly didn't see that thread. Maybe I need to move, or just wait til the end of summer.

          1. re: rudeboy

            It takes 6 months for the spore to get to the point of fruiting (may have the terms wrong). That's why I went with a cool season variety since it would just begin producing in September. No reason you can't start one! Just need a shaded spot with air circulation to keep it. They need watering every so often too.

        2. Check out KSS Sales, (610) 444-8122, these folks make the mushroom logs and can probably tell you where to buy their products: Shiitake logs, Maitake logs, Oyster growing bags. Home Depot used to sell these, but I just went onto their site and these are discontinued. Sorry, I can't comment about growing, never attempted.....yet.

          1. The local market farmers recommend Field and Forest as a source. We went to a hands-on seminar at a local farm recently. The instructions were for people who were going to cut their own logs, drill holes and insert the spore mix. We'll be lucky to have mushrooms by fall or next spring. I didn't realize there are different kinds of shitake spore so you do want one suitable for your climate. We should have cut our logs before the sap started running so our logs aren't going to last as long. If done right and conditions kept right (will need to water logs), a hardwood log can last 5 years. I just checked and they offer table top kits that grow on sawdust blocks.

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            1. re: dfrostnh

              Great info! W\In what part of the country are you (assuming USA)?

              1. re: rudeboy

                I'm in NH. There are several market farmers growing shitake mushrooms so it seems like a craze has started. A new company in Tamworth NH is growing a variety of mushrooms indoors for both retail and wholesale accounts. Considering they are in a beautiful rural area near the White Mountains, I think it's pretty great to have a business like that.