October is also a great time to “transplant” mushrooms to a new spot.
This might be to expand your present patch or gather mushrooms
from an undesirable place and move them to a desirable place.
When you find wild mushrooms that are old or just in the wrong place, pick them up and move them to a new place. Choose a spot that you have access too and throw them there to survive on their own. My favorite way is to hold them just like they grow and step them into the ground! This places the stem right in the ground and the cap protects and provides added spores to help the mycelium get started. This is what I call the poor boy method, and it does not always work, but it is cheap and it has worked for me many times!
I recently started offering Mushroom Grow Kits on my website, so I thought I would grow one out to show how easy it is to produce fresh mushrooms indoors!
I picked the Shiitake Mushroom Patch first.
I ordered the kit on Thursday and it arrived at my
door on Monday by UPS.
Then the kit had to go in the refrigerator for 4 days. After that was 4 hours of soaking in water to initiate the flush!
The humidity tent went on and it was misted 4 times a day. I started to see life right away!
That is a perfect Shiitake in my world! I harvested about 1 pound and now it will rest for a couple weeks and I will start the cycle again. I will repeat this 4 or 5 times or until the kit only produces tiny mushrooms. Then comes the bonus…the kit will be used to inoculate some logs!
Check out my book page with a new book added! “Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America” by David William Fischer.
This a well known book by a respected author. David also runs the American Mushrooms site http://americanmushrooms.com/ and helps people all over the world identify their mushrooms.