On a snowy day in February, I drove up the Mississippi River to learn about inoculating logs with mushroom spores. This is my log.
This is the beautiful bright day that makes me so happy to be living with four seasons again.
The log pictured above I inoculated with shitake spores by drilling holes, knocking spore soaked wooden pegs into the holes and covering the holes with food wax. The shitake log will take about a year to bear fruit so we also had the opportunity to make a toilet paper mushroom kit. First the tp was boiled, next in went a cup full of spore soaked wheat kernals. When I arrived home the bag went into the closet for two weeks and then into the refrigerator for 48 hours to stimulate fruiting.
A beautiful clear day with shimmering trees coated in ice.
Four days later, we had one giant oyster mushroom. Seared it with some butter and salt and ate it for breakfast on home made bread. Now we're just waiting for more mushrooms to pop up.