1 One way to grow your own mushrooms is to inoculate logs with mushroom plugs. Each bag contained about 100-plugs, so several logs were prepped. http://sowtrueseed.com/mushrooms
2 These are organic mushroom plugs - each grooved and filled with pure mushroom mycelium.
3 These Red Reishi mushrooms, Ganoderma lucidum, are burnt orange caps with cream colored edges. The Japanese reishi is well known for its many traditional medicinal uses.
4 The Shiitake 75, Lentinula edodes, is a very hardy variety, popular for its medicinal and culinary uses. Shiitake mushrooms have been known to reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.
5 Blue Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, are also commonly called tree oysters. They can grow prolifically on any kind of wood.
6 Lion's Mane mushrooms, Hericium erinaceus, is also known as Hedgehog fungus for its resemblance to the animal. The large mushrooms have a delicate flavor, and a texture similar to crab meat.
7 The logs used for growing mushrooms should be clean, free of rot, and cut from newly felled trees. Some of the best types of wood include oaks, maple, and birch.
8 If the wood is more than 10-days old, they should first be soaked for 12 to 24 hours before plugging.
9 Once the logs have soaked and the bark has pretty much dried, using a 5/16-inch bit, begin drilling holes two-inches from one end of the log and spacing them about six-inches apart until you've reached the opposite end.
10 And make several rows of holes three to four inches apart around the girth of each log.
11 The holes should be about an inch and a quarter deep - deep enough for the mushroom plug to fit flush inside the hole.
12 Take a plug and insert it into the hole.
13 If needed, use a mallet, and tap the plug into the hole.
14 The plug should be very snug.
15 If you look closely, you can see several plugged holes in this log.
16 Using a natural beeswax or soy wax candle, drip some wax over the plug. It also helps to wax over any spots where the bark was nicked or damaged, or where branches may have been cut off from the log.
17 This seals in the plug.
18 Here is a log with a row of mushroom plugs.
19 The log stacks should be kept uncovered and outside, where they are exposed and have access to rainwater.
20 Do not let the logs dry out. If it is exceedingly dry, they should be watered.
21 It will take anywhere between four months to two years before mushrooms are seen, depending on the mushroom and wood species. Here is a Shiitake mushroom growing from a log. (Photo: Sow True Seed)
22 Another log with Shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms are among the easiest to grow. (Photo: Sow True Seed)
23 These were very productive logs. (Photo: Sow True Seed)
24 Another way to grow mushrooms is from a bag. Each of these bags from Sow True Seed is sealed with five-pounds of sterilized spawn inoculated substrate. http://sowtrueseed.com/mushrooms
25 Once the white fungi begins to grow, make a one-inch slit along the bag where the the thick white fungus can be seen.
26 Roll down the top of the bag and tape it against the top of the fruiting block, but not over the newly cut slit.
27 Tape it down tightly - the slit will allow moisture and air to penetrate the growing mushrooms.
28 Drape the bags with a piece of moist polyester woven fabric and keep it damp with regular misting.
29 It should sit where it can get bright, natural, indirect light, such as through a window.
30 This is a mushroom block removed from the bag to show how the mycelium has taken over the block. Especially for Shiitake mushrooms, do not open the bag unless it is covered in white.
31 Eventually, the mushroom block will start producing. These are Red Reishi mushrooms growing out of the bag.
32 Here is another mushroom beginning to sprout from the bag. It can take some time, so be patient, but once the blocks start producing, the first two months will be the most productive.
33 Shiitake 75 mushrooms (Photo: Sow True Seed)
34 Red Reishi mushrooms (Photo: Sow True Seed)
35 Lion's Mane mushrooms (Photo: Sow True Seed)
36 Blue Oyster mushrooms (Photo: Sow True Seed)