Growing Shiitake mushrooms
First things first, you need to get some logs to inoculate and you need space to position them so that they don't get disturbed for at least a year. Obviously, the more logs you have, the better. For a household of four, 3 logs would be great. You will notice that when your mushrooms start to grow, the more logs you have the better you can rotate your crops. A shaded spot is what you need. The trick is to keep them off the ground to stop other contaminants growing on your valuable Shiitake logs and not too high that you lose the advantage of the humidity coming from the ground beneath the log.
Type of log and dimensions
Hardwoods are great because they take longer for the mushrooms to decompose them, so your logs last longer which means that you get more mushrooms. Softer woods like poplar, don't last at all. Some woods are too hard, like Ironwood. So if you can get some oak logs, you will have the best of both worlds. The oak log needs to be about 2-4 weeks old/freshly cut, 10 to 20 centimeters in diameter and as long as you like - keep in mind that you will need to fully submerge the log after 10 - 12 months, so the log can't be bigger than the container. No, a swimming pool won't work, as the chlorine is overpowering to the mycelium.
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