Those of you that follow our blog know that mushrooms were added to the lineup last January. We inoculated around 100 logs with various types of shiitake spawn. We then proceeded to nurture them through the spring and early summer....patiently and diligently soaking the logs every two weeks or so to keep them moist in order for the mycelium to colonize the log. Due to the extreme conditions we experienced this past summer (excessive heat and absolutely NO rain) we stopped nursing them along in mid July. We had to concentrate on fulfilling our obligations and something had to give so the mushroom logs were left to their own vices and we didn't hold out much hope that they would survive the rest of the ridiculous summer.
I would wander down occasionally and prop the logs that had fallen back up and tell them that I was sorry for abandoning them but other than that they were left alone to fend for themselves. It continued to be miserable into September and October and then FINALLY we started to get rain in November. With the new found moisture I began checking the logs more often and was extremely surprised to see white streaks of mycelium still present and seemingly thriving.........
Since then we have had plenty of rain and we are technically almost clear of the miserable drought we had. This rain has been great for the mushroom logs, keeping them moist. We have also had a relatively mild winter and with those mild conditions we have had a few random fruits pop out of the logs (see picture above of the mushroom harvested yesterday evening). We are hoping that we will get a good flush of mushrooms this spring and can resume the nurturing process of soaking the logs when needed and add shiitakes to 47 Daisies lineup of goodies!!!!
We'll keep you posted.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )