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Preparing Mushroom Logs

The late winter and early spring are good times to start mushroom logs for the following years. Here we are inoculating various hardwood logs, between 2-4ft in length, with mushroom plug spawn of shiitake and blue oyster mushrooms. Once the logs are colonized by mycelia, they can be sunk in the ground to maintain their moisture and start fruiting. This is a great way to turn fresh cut wood into a food source over time, lasting up to 5 years depending on the wood used. Logs can be set in a 60% shaded environment, making them ideal for shaded sides of houses in urban areas, and as an understory for forest edges, orchards, or food forests where more space is available.







shitake log