You have heard of a yule log during the Holidays, but how about a mushroom log to grow your own mushrooms?
Every year your family asks you what you want for Christmas, why not ask for a mushroom log so you can grown your own mushrooms ! You can explain that mushroom logs allow you to easily grow mushrooms at home within a few months. There are a few companies that sell tree logs that have been injected with mushroom spores. The mushroom varieties have included shiitake, button, etc.
This is exactly what I asked of my mom for Christmas and to my surprise, on Christmas Day, I opened up a present and it was indeed a shiitake mushroom log! I think it was my favorite present this year!
How to Care for Your Mushroom Log
When you get your mushroom log you must soak it for 24 hours. It is VERY important to use spring or distilled water, or in my case…melted snow. You can’t use tap water because it has chlorine that will kill the mushroom spores. (Luckily for me, it had snowed the night before and so I went outside and collected snow and melted it down.) Use a large tub to soak your wood and be sure to weigh it down to keep it submerged. After 24 hours, find a cool & dark place to keep the log. In a few weeks, when your log starts to get dry (or light in weight), soak it for another 24 hours and then put it back in your shady spot.
When mushrooms begin to grow, take a sharp knife and cut the mushroom at the base of the log. Soak it for another 24 hours. Then return it to your shady spot so you can continue to grow your own mushrooms. (It has taken 2 months for my first mushroom to appear, but can take up to a year.)