We’ve decided to add shiitake mushrooms to our crops. Are mushrooms considered a crop??? Anyway, we ordered the spores/spawn which came on small wooden plugs. You drill holes in the logs, insert the plug into the hole and then cover it with beeswax. This process is called inoculation. The logs are then stacked in the woods or an otherwise shady place. (see pictures below) Regular watering is necessary to keep them moist. We think it should take about six months to fully incubate. This should be interesting, as it’s a whole new glossary of terminology, which I’m sure I have and will misuse.
You can see the holes covered with the wax in this picture.
Did you know…..
1. They have been used for medicinal purposes by the Chinese for over 6,000 years
2. They are considered a symbol of longevity throughout Asia
3. They support our immune system
4. They support good cardiovascular system health
5. They are a good source of B vitamins
6. They are not a vegetable, but actually a fungus with no roots, seeds, leaves or flowers.
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