Some of our best garden helpers work unseen. Fungi are at the interface of the organic and inorganic and do so much for our gardens, even those varieties that you can’t eat
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 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. 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
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 temperature all got green/black mold through them. Part 3 is on the way!
Lots of visible mushrooms, even though they are inedible, means good news. They pop up all over the place and that’s great! It means that we have a decent web of mycelia hroughout the soul and mulch. Mycelia are the nervous system of a garden and if they’re intact and fruiting, it means the garden is healthy. Hooray! share2steem via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BvLeap7FkJ-/
These fungi are fruiting from sand that was buried under the pavers under the aquaponics for 3 years! Two days uncovered and they’re fruiting already!
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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 15 minutes to ensure no opposition from other, unseen, competitors. 15 minutes was just a guess, but seemed more than enough. The jars were closed with tight fitting, plastic, lids to stop critters getting in and give the fungi a head start. Then they were left for 5 days in a cool, dark, part of the laundry until the white fuzz of the mycelia could be seen in every jar, ensuring colonization. This ensured there was no transplant shock either. I removed the plastic lids and replaced them with cheesecloth held on by rubber bands and moved them into the temporary greenhouse whyere it is
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 lost my notebook until today! This was a big step up from the basic workshop. This one covered using commercial liquid cultures, extending these mixes and creating your own. We covered making and using airport lids, sterilization and inoculation techniques for several different substrates. Then it was on to practical work perfecting the art of grain transfers. The most interesting info to me was that mycelia get bored and don’t thrive unless they get the occasional change of diet to perk them up. There was lots of info on fruiting and fruiting chambers and how to make your own with the perfect conditions from a