Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

Yes, you can do that very easily in your backyard. Brevard has an excellent climate for this, being in a temperate rainforest.

All you need is:
– a small log (or several), 4-8 inches in diameter and about 4 ft long
– some mushroom spawn
– some melted wax

Then drill some evenly spaced holes in the logs, stuff the spawn plugs in the holes and cover each hole with wax.

Put the logs the shade, away from the bare earth and wait about a year.

Depending on conditions, and whenever the mushrooms decide, you will get several small harvests of fresh, dense, organic mushrooms for up to four years (the thicker logs last longer). It is best to check a couple of days after a rain.

Periodically, I plan to host a mushroom log party where I will supply the spawn, logs and tools and you will do most of the work.