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How to Cultivate Edible Mushrooms for Free, Part 4

Pounding shiitake plugs into a logTwo methods of inoculation

So now you've got spawn in some form or another.  What do you do with it?  This stage is called inoculation --- getting the spawn into its new growing medium.

The dowel spawn can be pounded into logs and stumps just like we did in February.  I suspect that cardboard or broth spawn could be turned into dowel spawn by mixing the two and waiting a while.

Another inoculation method which looks like fun is the spore oil technique....

This post is part of our How to Cultivate Mushrooms for Free lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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