Learn to grow shiitake mushrooms in your own backyard with wild edibles expert Greg Rosen on Thursday, July 14, 5 - 7:30 pm.
The hands-on workshop takes place in the Manse Garden, Roots & Wings new permaculture-teaching space. Participants will learn the process of cultivating shiitake mushrooms—from tree cutting and drilling logs to inserting spawn plugs, hammering, and coating. Each person will take home an inoculated log that will (hopefully) produce a small crop of organic shiitake mushrooms.
- Use a handsaw to cut down an invasive Norway Maple tree and make 4 logs, each about 3' long and 4" diameter wide.
- Use an electric hand drill to drill holes 1.25" deep and 5-6" apart in a diamond pattern.
- Use a hammer to lightly pound in shiitake mushroom spawn plugs.
- Use Dave's custom-built fire pit to build a small fire.
- Melt soy wax in an old glass jar placed in a titanium camping pot filled halfway with water and placed in the fire.
- Use an old toothbrush to coat the plugs with the melted wax.
- Lean the logs against a tree in the shade.