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King Stropharia, a great mushroom for the garden.

Belinda Clark Garden Giant King Stropharia Stropharia rugosoannulata

King Stropharia, a great mushroom for the garden.

I was so glad to find a few Burgundy capped mushrooms in my garden recently. I have been hunting for, and trying to grow this mushroom for years. Also known as the garden giant, or Stropharia rugosoannulata, this mushroom is grown in many parts of the world, and is considered by many to be a choice edible. It also has a reputation as a great companion for plants, with it's ability to break down dead plant matter, and release nutrients back to growing plants. My first attempt to grow this species was in Canberra, on a coir substrate in a cardboard box. A...

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How to grow mushrooms on coffee grounds?

Belinda Clark

So you've probably heard about this "new" method of growing mushrooms, using spent coffee grounds. Seems like a great idea, just add some spawn to used coffee grounds and harvest loads of mushrooms!  This is not a new technique, it has been around for over a decade. Several companies in the USA, UK and Europe have used crowdfunding to start up Oyster mushroom growing enterprises, using coffee grounds. There are also a few Australian startups cashing in on the trend. You can check out how similar some of these enterprises are http://grocycle.com/ and https://lifecykel.com.au/ . The process is made to appear simple,...

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How to use Reusable Cellulose Filter Discs

Belinda Clark How to Grow Mushrooms

How to use Reusable Cellulose Filter Discs

Reusable Cellulose Filter Discs are a new Forest Fungi product and are a great way to make grain spawn and reduce your plastic when growing mushrooms... We are absolutely loving using the Reusable Cellulose Filter discs to make our grain spawn. They work really well with the Ball Mason jars as the discs fit perfectly. Here is how we use them when making grain spawn: Ball Mason jars come with a two piece lid.  Get your jar lid and drill between one and three holes in the lid. Hole sizes can be between 2 - 10mm. The holes are drilled into the...

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Super Shiitake Grown on Grain Spawn Log

Belinda Clark How to Grow Mushrooms Recipes

Super Shiitake Grown on Grain Spawn Log

We grew these super Shiitakes on eucalyptus logs that weighed 163 grams and measured 20cm in width. The logs were inoculated with Forest Fungi Shiitake Grain Spawn and have absolutely boomed. We inoculated the logs with a sawdust spawn inoculator to make life easier. When you are using grain spawn to inoculate your logs, it is important to cover the grain with bees wax or food grade wax as soon as inoculated. After several weeks the mycelium will have taken to the log. Insect may eat out the grain which will have no adverse effect on the mushroom fruiting as the mycelium...

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How to make Supplemented Sawdust Substrate

Belinda Clark How to Grow Mushrooms Innovative Techniques

How to make Supplemented Sawdust Substrate

Here is a basic Forest Fungi supplemented sawdust substrate formula for growing many wood loving mushrooms. The ratios of ingredients can vary. 40 Litres hardwood sawdust (I use Eucalyptus sp.) 10 Litres oat chaff (optional, aids colonization with longer fibres) 10 Liters bran (or other Nitrogen supplements) 2 Litres Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) A supplemented sawdust mix Mix with enough water to bring close to field capacity-where if you squeeze a handful hard enough, you'll just get a drop of moisture. I just mix in a cement mixer, then tip the lot into a bin. I tip the bin on its...

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