Mushrooms And Mycology

Today Kirsty and I attended a one day course on mushroom cultivation. We learned a great deal and are now keen to setup our own mushroom systems.

I took a few notes and have transcribed them to a document located here. The notes may not be comprehensive but could be useful.

Todd shown in the picture is very knowledgeable and passionate about mycology and mushrooms. He showed us a container of mycelleium that had colonised straw and burlap bags.

We built a hardwood chip/sawdust mushroom patch. Cardboard, sawdust, chips, inoculated sawdust. All topped off with chips and plenty of water.

We built a simple cardboard substrate system for growing oyster mushrooms. An open crate (the mushrooms will soon grow out of the sides of the crate) was filled with corrugated cardboard soaked in water and de-laminated (leaving sheets with one site smooth and one side corrugated). Built up layer by layer with inoculated grain, just a sprinkle each layer. This method is fast and will yield mushrooms within a month, but limited to about three flushes of mushrooms.

A couple of hardwood logs (oak and chestnut) for inoculating with dowels. Only the sapwood is colonised readily by the mycelium.

The holes are drilled all around the log (about 15cm apart) a bit deeper than the dowel is long.

Dowels are hammered in. About 20-25 per log.

The dowels, ends of logs and any bare wood or breaks in the bark are sealed with wax. Cheese wax or bees wax.

A nice bouquet of Perl Oyster mushrooms, what I hope to harvest soon.

I bought three of Todd’s inoculated dowel packs of 100 ($20 each ). Each pack enough to do about 5 logs. Next week we will cut some oak logs. I’d like to try the cardboard substrate system at Heathmont, and we have piles of eucalyptus wood chips which we hope will not have been infected with wild molds. They have been sitting in the paddocks for about 4 months now.

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