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Gardening with Landscape Black Morels

Gardening with Landscape Black Morels

The Everything Mushrooms Landscape Black Morel Spawn is composed of a recently described species of morel - Morchella importuna. In a paper by Kuo, et al (2012) they explain the importuna “epithet means “assertive” or “inconsiderate” in character; the species often is the cause of consternation and distress among gardeners and homeowners whose territory has been invaded”. They go onto explain M. importuna [...]
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A Shocking Logs Blog

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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Oyster Towers – recycling your grow blocks

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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Inoculating Brown Rice Jars with 10cc Culture Syringes

Inoculating Brown Rice Jars with 10cc Culture Syringes

Some think inoculation is a complicated process, but you don't need a hood or any fancy equipment for inoculation of jars. Just have a little respect for the task and the level of cleanliness it requires. Really much more time and care is spent preparing the jars themselves than actually inoculating them. Start by choosing a work surface where [...]
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Cathy’s Lab: Running Oysters – Sawdust vs Grain Spawn and Other Insights.

Cathy’s Lab: Running Oysters – Sawdust vs Grain Spawn and Other Insights.

For simplicity, only Straw is referred to in this blog. What is meant by “Straw” is any cellulosic agricultural waste product that can be used to grow oyster mushrooms; for example corncobs, cottonseed hulls, sugarcane bagasse, nut and seed shells, legume hulls, lawn clippings, cereal straws, and the list goes on and on. $(document).ready(function() [...]
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​Epiparasites the Freddie the Freeloader of Plants

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

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!

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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