Yes, yes, I know I harvested this one early. What can I say, I got excited. This is the first shitake that has fruited on the logs I inoculated last December. I’ve had plenty of fruitings on pre-inoculated logs, but not on logs I inoculated myself. First, that’s a really quick fruiting, so things seem to be going well. I was a bit concerned, as there have been some false turkey tail ( or some kind of shelf mushroom anyway) growing on my new logs, and I was worried they would take over the whole logs before the shitake had established. But it looks like I was worried for nothing, because the shitakes are kicking butt and taking names. Excellent!
Today we’ll walk through the process of inoculating oak logs with Shitake mushroom logs. Using this method you can grow mushrooms for your own use, for sharing with friends and family, or for selling to CSA, farmers’ markets, or to restaurant customers. With just $30 of commercial spawn and a few inexpensive tools, you can be harvesting your own mushrooms in just a few short months.