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Alternative method for soaking mushroom logs

A new method of soaking mushroom logs

We were thrilled yesterday to notice the first shiitake mushrooms popping up.

These logs are mounted in the ground like a fence post, which will hopefully allow each one to take up as much water as it needs compared to our old method of dipping each log in a small kiddie pool.
toad on log
At least two of the logs are still pumping out fruit, which makes me wonder if I need to sink the other three logs a few inches deeper. It might be that those logs are finished up. One amateur mistake we made in the beginning was soaking some of them too long, which may have drowned the mycelium in the logs that are now dormant. I think it depends on the condition of the log, but now if we were still soaking we would be on the safe side and limit the time to 12 hours.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I didn't find all your mushroom growing posts yet. I'm excited now, mushroom growing has been on my to-do list for years. I have always put it off to do other more importantant things though.

Looks like I have plenty of reading for the next few mornings as I drink my coffee.

Comment by Justin Sun Sep 11 19:06:08 2011
We're still in the learning stages with mushrooms --- like fruit trees and bees, they're one of those things that take several years to get good at. But we're certainly having fun experimenting! I highly recommend you try out oysters in logs --- one of the easiest ways to get started.
Comment by anna Sun Sep 11 21:18:31 2011

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