A big part of sustainability and permaculture, if not just trying to grow food in a small space, is getting
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!
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 a go. Only a handful of folks attended Joe’s Connected Gardens, where the event was held on a pleasantly sunny Sunday morning. We learned about fungi lifestyles and needs, the importance of cleanliness, cold and hot straw pasteurization techniques and inoculation techniques for straw and logs before packing our own mushroom bag to take home. Quite a bit of information for one morning really. The truly observant participant will have seen the true secret to mycological success of they’d peeked under the table… I learned a lot and am looking forward to the intermediate workshop after this bag of mushrooms has given me a couple
Mushrooms are easy to grow on recycled materials.
Here I have white button mushrooms growing on coffee grounds that were scavenged from a local coffee shop.
I spread some innoculated grain over the surface, made sure all was moist, but not wet and covered them to keep them moist and warm. To house them I am using a $10.00 mini greenhouse from Bunnings and placing them in a repurposed cupboard (though I took them out to take these pics).
These pics were taken after 4 days, and in pic 2 you can see the mycelium (the white fuzzy stuff) forming around the grains.
The source material is commercially available from most hardware stores. The range they stock is ‘Mr Fothergills’ which come in packs like seeds.
Next, I will try oyster mushrooms on straw.