Hill Botanical

Finally made my way to Hill Botanical.

I had heard about Kris Hill’s little herb shop for some time now, but had not made it there to actually check it out. I expected to find the herb selection that I saw, but was not prepared for the mushrooms and mushroom products she had in stock. The organic Reishi that has been so illusive this past winter for me was right there on the shelf.

In talking to Kris briefly, I found that she incorporates mushrooms in her products and mixtures. Some herbalists exclude mushrooms in their practice and this has made it very hard for me to learn from them. Kris gives classes on herbs and I plan on catching some of the classes that she teaches.

I was not able to visit with Kris long enough to give a proper review of what she does, but I plan to and will report here again. Give her shop a look at 204 E. Olive Street, Bozeman and check out the website at the link on my homepage.

Kris Hill

Oyster Mushrooms On Coffee Grounds

I have wanted to inoculate coffee grounds with oyster mushrooms for quite awhile. With the help of the cool people at Wild Joe’s, I have managed to collect some great organic, free trade coffee grounds. The grounds are too rich to waste and the folks at Wild Joe’s  feel the same way! Oyster Mushrooms grow on almost anything, so it stands to reason they would like coffee grounds. The very strength of coffee grounds, is also their downfall.They are a perfect semi sterile substrate for growing fungus because they have been steam pasteurized. The problem with that is the quickest fungus to get to them is usually green mold. The trick to this project is going to be controlling the growing conditions to help the oysters while making the mold unhappy.When I first put the spawn in the coffee grounds, the spawn took off because it was warm in the garage and the spawn was hungry. Then I noticed the green mold creeping in, and as you see in the pictures, there is a major war going on between the mold and the oysters.

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The little brown specks are the grain from the spawn mixture. The white spider web is the Oyster spawn growing and the green is, you guessed it, mold.At this point the project has gone outside,and neither the spawn nor the mold is happy! But I know the spawn is still growing as the temperature is just above freezing, and the mold won’t survive the cold.Hopefully the bucket will produce mushrooms. Either way the experiment has already told me that Oyster spawn does indeed like coffee grounds.

Thanx again to the awesome crew at Wild Joe’s for saving the grounds for me,and thank you Hannah for setting it up. Stop by their coffee house on Main Street in Bozeman and create some grounds for us.