Tag Archives: fungi

Growing Pearl Oyster Mushrooms in bags

Behold, for we have home-grown pearl oyster mushrooms, and you can too. The process of growing them from scratch is not that tricky once you know how, and results in a luscious harvest of fresh oyster mushrooms.

First of all, you need good spawn. For this session, our Mushroom Cultivation educator Will Borowski used a block of grain spawn that he’d grown at home, but you can buy a block of spawn if you’re not quite up to speed on that step. Here’s what to do next: Continue reading

Growing Oyster Mushrooms in a Bucket

I think Nick might have hit apon a great way to grow oyster mushrooms at Milkwood Farm – it’s a bucket full of mushrooms!

We’ve been experimenting with various techniques for growing mushrooms (mushroom bags, mushroom beds, mushroom logs) but what we’re searching for is a technique which utilizes re-usable components, is climate appropriate for our site, and yields lots of mushrooms. Continue reading

DIY mushroom housing: research

At the moment we’re doing some serious research on how mushroom cultivation will best fit into the integrated systems at Milkwood Farm. We’re looking for options that are low-energy input, appropriate for our climate, use waste materials we have on-farm, and yield lots of yummy mushrooms!

It’s proving a little trickier than we thought. Our relatively exposed site and low humidity may not suit a more conventional mushroom house, so we’re looking at the margins of existing systems and structures to begin with… Continue reading

Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

Image © Paul Stamets

Recently I re-discovered this fabulous diagram and accompanying notes by Paul Stamets. It’s basically an outline of how to deeply integrate mycology and edible mushroom propagation into a small permaculture farm system, point by point. Thank you, Mr Stamets.

I first encountered this diagram in Paul Stamets’ most excellent book Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. The diagram is sub titled The Stametsian Model for a Synergistic Mycosphere, so I’ll let Paul take it from here. Please read on… Continue reading

Pink Oyster Mushrooms (Happy Mothers Day!)

This morning I woke up to a delayed Mothers Day of pancakes, sticky kisses and… a bag of pink oyster mushrooms, just starting to fruit! How amazing are they?

The reason for the delay was that Nick was in Sydney teaching a mushroom cultivation workshop with Will Borowski. But it was worth the wait to gaze apon such an intriguing terrarium of awesome edible fungi all morning. They’ll obviously get a lot bigger than this shortly… Continue reading

Easy Mushroom Foraging: Slippery Jack (Suillus granulatus)

Yesterday Ashar and I went mushroom foraging at our local pine forest, just to see what there might be after a rainy day in Autumn. And look what we found! Slippery Jacks. Yum.

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Mushroom Cultivation: Good books for Aussies

The further we get into mushroom cultivation, the more I realise just how useful and amazing fungi is. I’ve also found that it’s sometimes a little hard to find info that relates to growing edible mushrooms in Australian conditions. Finding local knowledge is crucial!

Luckily, there’s lots of resources that relate specifically to growing culinary mushrooms in Australia successfully. Which we can share with you, so you can learn too…

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Sawdust Spawn

We’re getting very excited about growing delicious culinary mushrooms at Milkwood. Ever since we ran our first mushroom cultivation course in January, they’re springing up all over the place.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to grow them is on sawdust spawn that you can make yourself… Continue reading

Learning the way of the mycelium

So it turns out that mushroom cultivation is really easy – once you wrap your head around all the intricacies, that is. And setting aside all the ‘wow’ moments you’ll have as you begin to delve into the wonderful world of fungi. But apart from that, it’s simple!

We just hosted a mushroom propagation course at Milkwood Farm, and it was a full-on two days. So much awesomeness! So many possibilities! Why don’t we all learn mushroom propagation in kindergarten? It’s a total fit. Continue reading

Making a shiitake mushroom log

Shiitake mushrooms are the yummiest variety, in my opinion. They’re also the most expensive in the shops, and virtually impossible to find in an organic variety (at least where we live). Solution: grow your own.

You’ll be happy to hear that making your own shiitake mushroom log turns out to be very easy. It would make a great holiday project for any family, or a great skill-share workshop in your community. Here’s how you do it. Continue reading


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