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A Shocking Logs Blog

Mushroom logs require patience. But if it has been close to a year after the plug date on a log, and there is no growth, it is time to take action. Shocking your logs will wake up your Shiitake logs within a week while Oyster logs may take up to one month.  This log gave us a big [...]

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​Sourdough; A Wheat Bread Tolerated by the Gluten Sensitive?

When I first heard gluten antigens were “deativated” in sourdough bread I was quite intrigued. After all, it makes sense. Given enough time bacteria and yeast will multiply and eat most of the protein in the process, including gluten.Full disclosure; it didn't work. My gluten sensitive friends had their normal negative, albeit somewhat diminished, reaction to eating [...]

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Oyster Towers - recycling your grow blocks

After a few mushroom harvests from your oyster mushroom grow kit or oyster mushroom sawdust spawn block, it can take on a new life outdoors. You can mix the blocks with woody yard waste to grow more tasty mushrooms!You will need: fresh hardwood chips, clean straw or sawdustcardboard hog wire fencing grow kit or sawdust spawn block of king, phoenix, blue or pearl oyster mushrooms Find a location that is completely [...]

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​Epiparasites the Freddie the Freeloader of Plants

Epiparasites the Freddie the Freeloader of PlantsDo you have friend(s) that always shows up for the potluck empty-handed,  or they surprise you by showing up for dinner unannounced? You keep them around because they are fun, and their devil-may-care attitude can distract you from the rigors of life. There are actually plants like that too. Captivating plants like Squawroot, [...]

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Eggplant and Elm Oysters: Made in the Partial Shade

The benefits of growing mushrooms in your garden go much deeper that you might first realize. Not only will you be growing two food crops in the same space, but they have synergistic and beneficial effects on one another. Physically,the straw and woodchips used to grow the mushrooms act as mulch layer that keeps you plants moist and weeds [...]

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Think like a Fungus: Using Observations of the Natural World and Evolution to Grow More Mushrooms

When faced with the challenges of growing mushrooms, it can be helpful to look at natural habitat of the mushroom species to figure out what condition might be adversely effecting them. Simple observations of the natural world can be a powerful tool to understand what might be helpful in optimizing your growing parameters. Whether you are a professional grower or [...]

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Catch Morel Fever!

Here in Tennessee, morels will make their appearance the last few weeks in March or the first few weeks in April. Morel hunting is the perfect activity for enjoying the outdoors this beautiful time of year. Not only will the fresh air and activity invigorate you, but you will feel like a kid on a treasure [...]

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​A Mushroom a Day Keeps the Dentist and Cardiologist Away

Coming to a store near you… mushroom cookies! In the last few years, several mushroom extracts have been patented for use in “dental health foods” (Kato, Kikuchi et al.; Nam ; Sekiya, Konda et al.) Imagine eating all the confections you want and never getting a cavity because the cookies are laced with mushrooms. Not only will mushrooms make cookies tooth-friendly, they [...]

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​Cream of Mushroom and Greens Soup

A gluten free and vegetarian recipe Most winters here in Tennessee, the greens in the garden last all winter long. So I'm always looking for a warm, hearty, and healthy greens recipe. I tried making this soup a couple of different ways while always tasty, it kept breaking. The key is to bring the soup to a boil [...]

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Making a simple mushroom grow chamber

So you have inoculated sterilized pf jars with

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