How to make your very own oyster mushroom log…

How to make your very own oyster mushroom log…

So I took some pictures of the projects I was working on this evening. I have selected a few images for a short pictorial guide to ghetto mushroom growing. My garage is messy, yes! But I wiped the table and various surfaces down with alcohol and wore rubber gloves when I wasn't taking pictures. And used hand sanitizer, and sprayed everything down with a 1:10 hydrogen peroxide water mix. This kills off bacteria and mold spores that may land on my work. At this point this sort of contamination isn't a huge issue, but it can still happen! Start with 4 half pint jars, fully colonized with oyster mycelium. I could get into that, but you'd be much better off going to Youtube and searching for "let's grow mushrooms." :) This is my substrate, a whole bunch of cardboard and paper, and a bag filled with a month's worth of old coffee grounds. To prevent contamination it should be pasteurized. To do this mix up all of this stuff, add... for a tote this size, I added 3/4 cup of granulated gypsum and a quarter cup of (biodegradable, dye and fragrance free) laundry detergent, and covered with boiling water. (This is enough for 4 logs, at least.) So, I take the cakelets out of the jars and put them in a bowl with some of the coffee grounds. ...and crumble everything up. Wearing rubber gloves. And the hand sanitizer. Oyster mushroom mycelium smells kind of pleasant, spicy like anise. ...and everything gets loaded into the bag in layers... ...until it's pretty much full, or I run out of substrate or 'coffee spawn.' Kind of pack it down in the bag... Tie off the end, roll it back and forth on a flat surface to even things out and shape it a bit. Wipe down the outside of the bag with alcohol, and poke holes all over the bag for air exchange, using an arrowhead or bamboo skewer or ice pick, whatever you have on hand. Does this make sense? It's 2:30 am and I can't sleep. Here are more pictures: Grain spawn, from the same culture. This is where most of the cardboard went to. A while back I used some Elm Oyster mushroom dowel spawn to seed sheets of cardboard for lining garden beds. (A little info on this here.) I have a few sheets left, so I decided to use what I had left to make more cardboard spawn sheets. Here's a close up picture. I rescued most of the dowels and plan on using them for another project, innoculating some heavy limbs that were trimmed from my pecan tree. So... tadaa! I'm sure you have questions...
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