My friend Bonnie and I have been trying to get together for a few weeks and try our hand at mushroom log inoculation.
Despite a nasty hail storm that cracked her windshield and made her car look like someone had taken a baseball bat to it, she journeyed up this way for the day.
The least I could do is feed her some hamburgers, chips and leftover Easter candy....
Our first task was to cut oak logs 40 inches long and at least 4 inches wide. Here is Bonnie doing most of the sawing... I was a sawing wimp
We carried the logs inside ( in hindsight we decided an outside worktable would have been better)
The next step was to mark the log into 5 rows with equal number of spaces 4 inches apart ( side note: we also found out Bonnie is better at Geometry then I am)
The next part I had mad skills at... drilling the holes
Next was to tap the spore dowels into the holes...
Next up was to paint the plugs over with beeswax
Ghee LOVED the logs
we took a small walk after that , took a small walk , ate some more Easter candy and Bonnie was headed home. We had such a very good day....
Hopefully in a few months we will have some " fruit" of our labors. The logs should yield a harvest twice a year for 5-6 years. Chris and I both love Shiitake mushrooms if this works, we might try our hand at another log and dehydrate some for use in between harvest.
Try something new.... !