We’re having babies!

Hopefully lots and lots! Baby mushrooms that is…

Baby Blue Oyster mushrooms
Baby Blue Oyster mushrooms

A while back, I did a workshop at Slape’s Mushroom House and learned all about growing King Stropharia mushrooms in the garden.

When I was there I bought a bunch of Blue Oyster grain spawn that I added to pasturize sugar came mulch and jammed it into 2 buckets (larger than last year’s).

These stated in the laundry, getting light from the indoor hydro setup that I had already in place

We had a little patch in the front yard all ready to go for the King Stropharia, but then I had to dig through it to get to a pipe that was causing trouble. That meant the mushrooms couldn’t go there.

Outdoor mushroom bed
Our portable, outdoor mushroom bed

So, I pasteurized another bunch of sugarcane mulch with boiling water and put it in the largest container I had laying around. I made two airholes in the container, one in the lid and one on the end. These I covered with micropore tape.

The whole 120 litre container was placed under the media bed in the aquaponics where it was safely out of the way, receiving indirect sunlight and humid air.

Mycelium all the way through the sugar cane mulch
Mycelium all the way through the sugar cane mulch

The result – the sugarcane mulch is now completely innoculated. I’m going to take done out and start a fresh batch, then wait for this lot to fruit.

It’ll be my ‘portable mushroom garden out the back’. If it works, I’ll make a second and have them going continuously.

A family with a garden near Gawler where we experiment with sustainability.

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