Mushrooming Together: November 2022

ancient egyptian black cat modelLast week Friday we picked up logs for our fall log inoculation enterprise. Drilling and filling 500 logs brings us great joy! Inoculation begins subsequent week Wednesday, and all of us right here at F&FP are psyched. I am being a little bit sarcastic, however log inoculation can actually be numerous enjoyable. It provides us all an opportunity to speak and snicker collectively. I by no means know what new and attention-grabbing issues I’d find out about Joe, Mary Ellen, and the rest of the gang. Lichens and mosses on logs aren’t thought of a competitor organism. The one time they will turn into an issue is throughout drilling, as they’ll get caught up within the drill. When you want to remove them, strive brushing or power washing them off. It is completely advantageous to depart them on the logs though. They merely occupy the skin of the logs. We traveled about an hour northwest of the farm to Canada, to select up the logs. All 500 logs are sugar maples, 40 inches lengthy, with varied diameters (nothing too massive to handle although). These maples have been lower for timber stand improvement, and the homestead where these logs got here from belongs to John and Nancy Roberts, Ken and Dorothy Osterburg, and Ringo (the dog). We first met John and Nancy at one in every of our workshops this spring. It was there, that John told Joe he may present us with shiitake logs if need be. Ironically, John went to the same highschool as Mary Ellen in a suburb of Canada. I suppose it actually is a small world! That is what 500 shiitake logs ought to seem like. Notice how they aren’t resting directly on the bottom. This prohibits the growth of competitor organisms. Joe, Jasen, and that i drove up together in a single truck with one trailer. The trailer appeared plenty large sufficient, however what we hadn’t thought-about was the weight restrict. Ken and Ringo sit back and watch to ensure we load these logs the precise means. To get the logs house with out incident, we might only take about 300 with us. The remainder will likely be picked up subsequent week. There’s nothing two guys. A canine can’t work out! All in all our trip was profitable. We’ve got sufficient logs to get us started, and we had a tremendous lunch. While we had been out fetching logs, Nancy and Dorothy were making ready Sloppy Joes (with beef from a neighbors cow), candy corn (also from a neighbor), homemade apple sauce and cheese, contemporary cows milk, apple cider, and blueberries from the farm atop ice cream. John helps Joe and Jasen safe the load earlier than we head out of the woods for lunch. Some of you have got your individual forests to choose and choose from, but for those of you that don’t, be sure to speak well with the particular person who’s slicing your logs. When deciding to develop shiitakes, one has to figure out the place the logs are going to return from. Be sure they know there is a difference between logs harvested for mushroom cultivation and logs harvested for firewood. I want all of you shiitake growers the best of luck find your logs!
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