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Time to get your shiitake together - grow shiitake on logs

Belinda Clark Grow mushrooms on logs How to Grow Mushrooms Mushroom dowels shiitake on logs

Time to get your shiitake together - grow shiitake on logs

Time to make your Shiitake logs with ready to use inoculated dowels so you can be eating fresh, organic mushrooms in six months to one year!

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Pleurotus nebrodensis - rare, endangered and delicious

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Pleurotus nebrodensis - rare, endangered and delicious

One of the things I love about winter, a real winter, with frost and snow, is the arrival of the cold climate mushrooms such as the wonderful White Elf, Pleurotus nebrodensis. At the moment we are really loving the White Elf - enjoyed as a tempura snack in the afternoon by the fire (recipe below). This mushroom belongs to a group of related species, including Pleurotus ferulae, which exist in the wild in limestone soils in Sicily and Western Asia. They are very distinct from their cousins, King oysters (Pleurotus eryngii), although they all appear to be facultative parasites of plants...

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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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