April 22, 2012

Mushrooms... The Next Step

Pete is drilling the holes, approx 4-5 inches
apart all the way down the log.
Depending on the diameter of the log,
you can drill a few rows.

 Pete and Arnie are filling the drilled holes
with mushroom spawn.

Audrey & Steve are painting cheese wax over the
spawn and over the ends of the logs.

This helps keep the moisture in over the
next year until they start growing!

 As the day went on.... the 'party got bigger'
We have a whole assembly line of helpers now!

Pete built the cool table so that the logs
can just be rolled down the line from holes,
filling holes (with the bags of spawn in the
center area), to waxing them up on the end!

Abby, Austin and Audrey are working on
the waxing process here!

A bit out of order, but once Austin helped
get the waxing caught up, he and Steve started
drilling holes on another stack!

Pete & Donna are working the palm
inoculators as Rita is keeping the log steady!

Can you see the wax seals?

The end of the day....  all the logs
are inoculated heading down to a
shady place where they will be stacked
again and
rest until spring!

In the spring, these logs will be shocked by
putting them into a cold water bath for up to
24 hours and then within 10 days the fruit
of mushrooms should begin to grow!!

We have ONE log from last year when Pete & Steve
went to a training seminar that has been shocked.
We are awaiting the fruit!!
I'll keep you posted as it grows!

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