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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in woodland care.

This BB is all about inoculating logs with mushroom spawn and harvesting mushrooms from them.


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The requirements for this BB are to do the following:
     o innoculate two four foot logs with mushroom spawn
     o harvest at least a half pound of mushrooms

To get certified for this BB, post the following:
     o pic of inoculated logs
     o action shot of harvest
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No harvest pics, so this is not finished yet. Dad and I have been doing log inoculation this afternoon. Having a coffee break now half way through. 8 logs done.

Ours are 80cm, because we had to move them from the woods in the back of the car.

King Oyster mushrooms.

Elsewhere we have a new bed of King Stropharia in woodchips. Next week will be Shitake logs.

Edit: phone died part way through. We did 16 logs like in the photo, which took us about 3 hours. As a useful reference for the future, 1kg of spawn inoculated one car load of logs. It went further than anticipated. We will need to cut more logs before we do the shitake. There was about one log worth of spawn left. I’m vaguely wondering if I can use it to get another batch of sawdust spawn started.
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Logs cut two weeks ago. Oak and chestnut.
Logs cut two weeks ago. Oak and chestnut.
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1kg bag of king oyster spawn
1kg bag of king oyster spawn
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These tools are great. Innoculation tool.
These tools are great. Innoculation tool.
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The start of the “finished” pile
The start of the “finished” pile
 
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Shiitake with bonus opposum.
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Shiitake logs, harvesting
Shiitake logs, harvesting
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Harvest
Harvest
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Shiitake in the shade of my kiwi.  3 logs about 5 feet long.
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Logs with plugs
Logs with plugs
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Mushroomey Goodness
Mushroomey Goodness
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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I ordered 500 shiitake plugs from field & forest last spring and inoculated some oak logs with them. I started to get a few mushrooms in the fall 2019 and more this spring. I already had a good fruiting flush last month but this recent one is even better.
The picture showed logs with about 400 plugs, as I have a bigger stump too heavy to move for photo shoot (fruiting on that one too).  I am picking the shiitake over several days so not able to show all the harvest at once. Here is the 5 lbs batch sitting on the trailer to dry. I estimated the total yield to be 25 to 30 lbs for the season.
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With about 400 plugs.
With about 400 plugs.
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1-4 mushrooms growing from each plug
1-4 mushrooms growing from each plug
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Drying shiitake mushrooms
Drying shiitake mushrooms
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete along with your newest air badge in Woodland Care!

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