How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms
Firstly, on behalf of the Directors and Staff at Mushroom Guru, I extend a warm welcome and trust that you will have fun doing this course and learning a new skill.
Our offering is vastly unique in that we strive for each and every interaction with you, to be a warm and heartfelt experience.
Thank you for choosing to take this introduction course with us and we trust that it will inspire and propel you into an industry, which has for many years been secretive and unwelcoming. The information that we will be sharing has been carefully compiled from our experiences and best practices, to give you the best outcome possible.
This introductory course will specifically teach you how to inoculate a wood substrate with Shiitake dowels (dowel spawn) that you have purchased. It will start off with only the most important theory that you need to know, then move over to the three EASY steps on how to inoculate a log.
This course does not cover the bag method of cultivation or any commercial topics. The course that covers the bag method of cultivation is called "How to grow Oyster mushrooms".
This course is in the form of a FREE eBook, which will be sent to you via a download link from the online shop on receipt of your payment for dowel spawn. The eBook is a pdf so that you can learn from the comfort of your own home. For this option you will need to place an order via the SHOP.
Once you grasp these concepts and apply the skill, you will better understand how a mushroom grows and what it requires to fully mature. You can then start to explore various other aspects of cultivation with different species, using multiple techniques. There will be other courses hosted on this platform to teach you the various techniques.
This course will teach and demonstrate the easiest cultivating method, helping you to get a clear understanding of the "why, what and how" of log inoculation.
Below is a list of equipment and cultivation supplies that you will need to be able to duplicate the log inoculation process:
• 1 deciduous hardwood log 60 cm's long x 10-15 cm's in diameter (Oak, Beech, Poplar, or any other deciduous hard or medium wood)
• 50 Shiitake or Reishi dowels (dowel spawn)
• power drill
• 8 mm masonry drill bit
• candle wax
• paint brush
• permanent marker
• steel nail and steel hammer
• raw hide hammer
• 50 litre container