Although we placed our popular logs on corrugated cardboard to prevent soil organisms from competing with the oyster mushroom spawn we used, two years later there are shelf fungi emerging from many of the logs. To prevent this from happening this year, we are placing our logs on old two inch thick solar panels that have an aluminum skin to keep them elevated above the ground. We have kept the bark very clean, minimizing any contact with soil. Within a few days of harvest, the cut ends of the logs and limb nubs have been coated with latex paint both to conserve moisture and to prevent airborne fungi spores from colonizing these wounds.
|Red Oak and Ash-leaved Maple Logs Ready for Inoculation|
|Shelf Fungi Competing with Oyster Mushrooms in Two Year Old Popular Logs|
|Drilling Holes in a Log on a Fixture That Facilitates Rotating the Log|
|Sealing Injected Mushroom Spawn with Molten Cheese Wax|
|Wax Both Seals in Moisture and Prevents Competing Organisms From Entering the Wound|
|Completed Red Oak Logs with Shiitake Spawn Sealed In|
|Closeup of Logs with a Bad Case of Cheese Pox|