So I've got four quart jars of oyster mushroom liquid mycelium culture sitting in my project mini-fridge. They'll only be viable for two or three more months, and I've been given permission from the culture vendor to trade the cultures with people as long as I give them a referral. So if anyone is interested in trading heirloom seeds, plants or spore prints from wild edible mushrooms, let me know! There are great instructions for beginners out there on mushroomvideos.com, and the "pf tek" method of growing doesn't require a pressure cooker. Once your cakes are fully colonized they can be crumbled up and used for making logs like the one pictured in my last mushroom post. I'm also trying out a method using fermented yard waste (synthetic horse manure?) for growing portabello mushrooms outdoors in garden beds. It's very hit-or-miss at this point but I'll be sure to post my results! The basic method involves chopping up dead leaves, weeds, and grass clippings with a mulching mower. This is put in a wash tub and covered with boiling water and allowed to sit overnight covered with towels. This is drained and put in a clear plastic bag to ferment for a few days. A grocery store portabello mushroom cap is set on top of the fermented waste and placed in a dark place for a couple of weeks. (Leave the cap in there for a day or two then remove it!) The bag is agitated every few days to speed colonization. Once the stuff is fully colonized I'm placing it in a raised bed with cow manure or compost and a heavy mulch "casing" layer. If this works, mushrooms should start popping up with my veggies within a month or so! This seems to work best with cole crops which don't take advantage of mycorrhizal partners the way other garden plants seem to. Potatoes also seem to like growing with them. This should work with any type of "secondary decomposer," including button mushrooms, or almond mushrooms, and wild mushrooms like wood blewits or field mushrooms. The addition of wood chips or sawdust to the mix will allow you to grow elm oysters, and garden giants, which benefit companion plants too!