I was checking on my mushroom beds and thought I should check on my cornstalk project. This project (check former posts on cultivation) was an experiment to see if oyster mushrooms could be grown on cornstalks cheaply with minimal work. The project started out in a tub in my garage and got booted outside because of fungus gnats. It had already fruited proving that it is feasible. The project was outside in the cold and snow when the tub, cornstalks and all , was tipped over in a snow bank. After the snow left, the tub was removed and the project was left to the elements. It did not look very good, but was left to see what it would do. The weather has cooled a little, and the wild oysters are flushing, so it is a good time to check on oyster projects.
As you can see, it is hard to get a good mushroom down! These were a little past prime, but they survived, and the pile will be used to start some other projects. Notice that it looks like something else found them before I did. Those sure look like bite marks on the close up!