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Forest Fungi — How to Grow Mushrooms

Time to get your shiitake together - grow shiitake on logs

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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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How to use Reusable Cellulose Filter Discs

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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

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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

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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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