Attention Mushroom Farmers!

Mushroom growers and farmers…now is probably our last chance to complete fall projects for spring flushes! I still have some plugs to put in logs and will get them completed soon. From what the mushroom growing literature says, October is the last month to inoculate outdoor projects in this area.

I will make sure my mushroom beds have have plenty of cover and are well watered. The Garden Giant mushroom bed has not flushed yet, although I know the mycelium is distributed throughout the wood chips. It will flush next spring when waterd well, unless I get a surprise flush before then! The Oysters continue to flush off and on from the coffee grounds, mushroom bed with woodchips and they even flush out of the bottum of my compost bin.

Garden Giant Mushroom BedMushroom Bed Closeup

Oyster Mushroom BedOyster Mushroom Bed

So if you are like me, you have to get these things in order before the snow REALLY settles in.

2 thoughts on “Attention Mushroom Farmers!”

  1. Hello,

    I have a lot of aspens and pine on my property in Lincoln County, MT, and I was wondering if I could somehow grow saffron milk caps (Lactarius deliciosus) and red-capped scaber stock (Leccinum aurantiacum) mushrooms. Would you happen to have any information where I could find plugs/or other ways of planting them?


  2. Hello Sam,

    Both of those mushrooms seem to like the aspen pine forests for growing. Growing them shouldn’t be a problem once they are established. I don’t know of a source for plugs or spawn for either of them. I will ask around and report on my findings.

    If you know where to find them in the wild, you should be able to transfer them to your property. It is not hard to move mushrooms to where you want them to grow. I have used methods like, mashing whole mushrooms under the apple tree, to using cut stem butts of fresh mushrooms. I have had success with bolete-type mushrooms this way, and think the russula-types would work also.

    Thank you for your interest,

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