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Black Friday Fungi

Here I am proudly displaying my Black Friday shiitakes.

Friday, instead of shopping, I stayed close to home.

It was cold and rainy.

I did leave the house once.  Richard and I braved the elements and ventured out for a golf cart excursion.

While we were out, we decided to check our shiitake mushroom logs.

We’ve been growing shiitakes for about five years.

We were inspired to try growing shiitakes after Hurricane Katrina.  There was an abundance of downed wood and it seemed ashamed to let it totally go to waste…

We cut white oak refuse into 3′ lengths and drilled holes in the logs with a specific sized bit.

My gardening hat was a convenient place to store our haul!

We then tapped spore impregnated wooden dowels that we had purchased from  Fungi Perfecti into the holes.

The first batch of logs produced for about three years.  We are now getting  started with our second crop.

As expected, the temperature changes and the recent rain has triggered the logs to produce a few mushroom flushes this past week.

We harvested about 2 pounds of Black Friday Shiitakes.

Richard used some of them to cook  a wonderful mushroom soup last night.

Life is good.


 

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