Ligaya Gardening Tips #16 Encourage fungi


We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with very little effort. I’ll collate them on this page. Even if you’re a bit wary about eating mushrooms from you’re garden, there are great benefits from just having them…

We’re having babies!


Hopefully lots and lots! Baby mushrooms that is… 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…

Not everything works #2


This is Part 2 of our ‘not everything works’ series (it was originally going to be called ‘we fu&$k up too!’ ). Here’s some sterilized wheat that was inoculated with Elm and Blue Elm mycorrhizae. Only the two batches in the front innoculated cleanly. These were done in the fridge. The others done at room…

Mycelia madness


I’ve added the fungal spawn I got at Jess’s Intermediate Mushroom Growing workshop to coffee grounds from my favourite cafe. There are Elm and Yellow Oyster mushroom spawn and I found a bag of inoculated grain for White Button Mushrooms that was several years old. The jars and grounds in the microwave for a good…

Jess’s Intermediate Mushroom Growing Workshop


I’m a bit late in writing this post, the problem with the blog and some other stuff have taken a lot of my time but I’d like to talk about the Sunday before last when I attended the second of Jess Bamford’s series of workshops – ‘Intermediate Mushroom Growing’ at Joe’s Connected Gardens. Plus, I…

First Mushroom Harvest


First mushroom harvest for us! A couple of hours of wandering inthe Pine forest gave me a great workout and the bonus of a free feed or two or three… In the basket are delicious Saffron Milk Caps (Lactarius deliciosus) and Laccarias (Laccaria sp). This lot are being dried as I type and the house…

Jess’s Mushroom Cultivation Workshop


Sunday marked the day of Jess’s Beginner’s Mushroom Cultivation workshop.  You may know Jess from guest posts here at Ligaya or from her writings on her own blog  botanicalcuriositiesaus or maybe her writing for the Joe’s Connected Gardens blog. Jess is a busy little mushroom. As I’ve not had much luck with mushroom growing, I thought I’d give it…

Kombucha top up


Today’s the day for feeding the kombucha. For those that don’t know, Kombucha is a living colony of bacteria and yeasts that turns tea and sugar into a healthy, nutritious, tasty drink. We do what is called a ‘continuous ferment’, which is where you add the new food to a large container where all the…

July mushroom grow: A quick guide to growing oyster mushrooms


Good day, fellow fungi freaks. As this years mushroom foraging season draws to a close, I have re-started my oyster mushroom cultivation to fulfill my fungi food needs. Not as successful as previous grows, but every attempt is a learning experience,regardless of it you have overwhelming success, failure or anything in between… Follow the link…

Welcome Jess


I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome Jess Bamford to our blog! I know Jess wrote an article (Fungus among us)  for us a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been my usual slack self and only just got around to thanking her. Jess knows far more about fungi than anyone else I know…