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First flush of oyster mushrooms

Oyster mushroomOne of the four oyster mushroom logs that we inoculated this spring popped into life Monday.  I was so excited that I tossed the frozen mushrooms into a skillet and then into our bellies right away.

Then I wished I'd waited a little bit.  Don't get me wrong, those mushrooms were a delicacy!  But oyster mushrooms are relatively easy to propagate using one of the techniques in our "How to Cultivate Edible Mushrooms for Free" series, and I wished I'd taken the time to take a spore print first.  Maybe if we get another flush of mushrooms before the cold weather really sets in....

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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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