Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Once a month for three months, we get a mushroom growing kit in the mail. It was one of my Christmas presents to Luke, but I get the feeling I actually like it more than he does. This month we got Shitake. The kit is a log of woodchips and sawdust that is covered in mycelium. You soak the log in water for a few days and then cover it with a humidity tent, and in a few days, you see cute little mushrooms starting to grow. It was really cool to watch, because they went from not being there to being ready to eat in ten days or so.

After the first crop of mushrooms is done, you dry out the log for a couple weeks and do it all over again. In the meantime, we'll be getting a Maitake log in the next couple days, so I'll get to see a whole new kind of growth.

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