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Category Archives: Cultivation Tek

Grow mushroom cultures from spore

mycelium running

If you purchased a spore print or a culture syringe to start your mushroom cultivation, your next step would be to prepare AGAR media and pour that into Petri dishes.. Agar is a seaweed extract, a gelatinous substance that will solidify at room temperature. It can be sterilized by pressure and is the ideal food […]

Outdoor Mushroom Log Cultivation | Shiitake

With minimum effort, mushrooms can be successfully cultivated on logs outdoors. You will need: A High Speed Drill & 9mm Drill bit some beeswax, cheese wax or soya wax a Small gas burner and a pot to melt the wax a paint brush to apply the wax inoculated wooden plugs (Plug Spawn) a wooden mallet […]

Cold Water – Sterilize with Calcium Hydroxide

pinning oyster mushrooms

I recently had quite a large order to fill, growing oyster mushrooms. The time I was given to complete the project was slim and I decided to use straw as a substrate instead of wood shavings. I found myself in a pickle, since I have not used hot water pasteurization for a while and the […]

Cultivate Shiitake Mushrooms

cultivating shiitake mushrooms

A) Shiitake from Spore If you purchased a spore print or a culture syringe to start your shiitake (also known as Golden Oak Mushroom) cultivation, your next step would be to learn how to prepare AGAR media. Agar is a seaweed extract, a gelatinous substance that will solidify at room temperature. Sterilized by pressure cooking […]

Cultivate Oyster Mushrooms | Hot water Pasteurization

mushrooms warm water pasteurization

There is a lot to say about cultivating a crop of your own mushrooms. “Firstly it’s NOT like growing beans, but surely much more rewarding.” The first time I saw the pinning mushrooms developing into fruit, is one of my fondest memories. For those out there that might want to take this up as a […]