King Stropharia workshop at Slape’s Mushroom House


Had a great day on Saturday. I attended a workshop about growing King Stropharia mushrooms in the garden at Slape’s Mushroom House

It was a hell of a wet day and the hour or so drive to Warradale was pretty scary… I realized I hadn’t been to that part of town for about 30 years! Of course things had changed a lot.

The weather was so bad that the lovely Google Maps lady kept dropping out and getting confused.

Anyway, eventually I arrived and huddled with the other participants in Wayne’s shed.

Stropharia rugosoannulata is also known as the ‘Garden Giant’ and apparently grows pretty large. It’s edible and easy to grow and, being a fungi, will contribute to the health of our garden.

Wayne has quite an elaborate setup
Wayne has quite an elaborate setup

I won’t go into a lot of detail about what we learned in the workshop…. That’s why you go to the workshops.

Cover the soil to stop weeds
Cover the soil to stop weeds
Sprinkle on the spawn
Sprinkle on the spawn
Cover with straw or wood chips, then protect that
Cover with straw or wood chips, then protect that
The man himself in his mushroom dungeon
The man himself in his mushroom dungeon

Fifty bucks for a morning learning to grow something that will both provide food and improve the health of the garden? Not a bad investment!

Three hours or so of hands on practice and theoretical info was more than enough to help get me started raising King Stropharia mushrooms in our yard.

Wayne at Slape’s Mushroom House offers education and mushroom spawn and growing products through their Facebook Page.

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