Growing your own mushrooms in SW Wisconsin

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5 year old buck +

Morels are very difficult, but it can be done. It's a lot of work, and the beds have to be redone every year. Personally, I don't think it's worth the effort, so I don't bother.
 

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5 year old buck +
I would start with blue oyster and Italian oyster mushrooms on logs about 5-10 inches in diameter. They are relatively easy for beginners and have a flavor profile that matches Western food well. You would probably enjoy King stropharia as well, but it is a very different method of cultivation, and wood chips can be difficult to source.
 

ajtxwi

5 year old buck +
Field and Forest is a great source. By far the biggest bang for the buck (and effort) is the Wine Cap Stropharia spawn, which you mix into wood chips. Do it once you'll find them popping up wherever you have wood chips (and other places too). I was also successful innoculating logs with shiitake, nameko and oyster mushrooms, but it is pretty tedious. No luck with maitake or the hericum species.
Great reference - thank you. I had not heard of Nameko. quick search on Field & Forest and they suggest that it might grow in ironwood (I have lots) as well as cherry (I have some). I might also try the wine cap - I do have quite a bit of wood chips and saw dust, so I might give this one a try also.
 

ajtxwi

5 year old buck +
Morels are very difficult, but it can be done. It's a lot of work, and the beds have to be redone every year. Personally, I don't think it's worth the effort, so I don't bother.
interesting... ignoring the difficulty, have you been successful in cultivating morels?
 

ajtxwi

5 year old buck +
I would start with blue oyster and Italian oyster mushrooms on logs about 5-10 inches in diameter. They are relatively easy for beginners and have a flavor profile that matches Western food well. You would probably enjoy King stropharia as well, but it is a very different method of cultivation, and wood chips can be difficult to source.
A starting point helps! So much information out there can be overwhelming and just getting started with something simple right be the right choice.
 

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5 year old buck +
interesting... ignoring the difficulty, have you been successful in cultivating morels?

I don't bother with it anymore. I was never successful in the places I tried. It seems the easiest way is to grind up some morels and dump the slurry on a pile of mulch at the landscape company, then go around the next spring where the mulch was spread.
 
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