I have been fascinated with the fact that as with most edible organisms, we can grow mushrooms at home or in our gardens, this has been something I have been looking into since around 2012 and I have finally gotten around to doing it Properly!

In this post I will be discussing a little about the Shiitake and why I have chosen to grow this species, as well as some other information such as where to get the mushroom mycelium (spores) to get yourself going …

Shiitake Mushrooms Growing on (in) a Log

Shiitake mushrooms have great medicinal value, there are individuals today who swear on this claim and give testament by their religious use of the fungi, In a video further down in this post, Gary ‘The Mushroom Guy’ says that having a Shiitake once a day for the last four years has resulted in great health and zero illness in that period (the video also gives the general idea on how to cultivate them on logs).

Initially I came across a video online where someone was advising how to grow any shop bought mushrooms in a container of compost. I followed this method and can only warn you Be Extra Careful!! you Don’t know if the compost you are using already has a spore contamination as mine had!
Luckily I am an observant guy, when I noticed that in the same pot of my young tomato seedling there was a very similar looking little mushroom popping out, that’s when I clicked that there was already mycelium growing in the compost which came from one of the big two garden centers here in the UK.
As a result I would recommend growing from logs first as it is far safer …

Agroforestry: Growing Mushrooms On Logs at the base of Woodland / Plantations

”Shiitakes have four to ten times the flavor of common white button mushrooms. In addition to their robust/pungent, woody flavor and meaty texture, shiitakes provide high levels of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are used nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results. Researchers S. Suzuki and Oshima found that a raw shiitake eaten daily for one week lowered serum cholesterol by 12%.”

I have happily received my order of Shiitake mycelium, sealing wax and the proper drill bits from Mushroom Box UK and have already finished 6 logs with another two about to be done. The post with the details will follow in a couple days…

Some Useful Links / Info: Click Here

Take a look at the video below, it is quite inspiring and you can see how simple it can be …

See you all in the next post tomorrow 🙂

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  1. […] an idea on how to go about growing mushrooms on logs, Click Here for my previous post (Includes informative […]

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  2. Bruno says:

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! … this is great information and I appreciate all your effort in bringing this together I will be doing this in the next month.
    Please do more! Regards from Portugal

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