Log-grown Shiitake Mushroom course - 21st Oct (an Otway Agroforestry Network event)
Sunday 21st October, 10am - 3.30pm
Deans Marsh Recreation Reserve, Deans Marsh (35min west of Geelong)
Morning lectures and demonstrations led by Rowan Reid and other OAN growers
All participants will receive a packet of 50 dowels (enough for 1 or 2 logs) and a digital copy of the Shiitake Manual
We will have drills and bees wax on site so you can inoculate your own log (plus logs to purchase)
It is best to cut fresh logs from healthy trees in winter whilst the sap is low
Log selection and preparation:
The fungus lives off the starch and sugars in the sapwood. Rapidly growing healthy trees have a larger proportion of sapwood in the stem. We know the starch content of the sapwood of deciduous trees is greatest just prior to bud burst in spring. We think the same is true for evergreen plants. The logs should be cut about 2 to 4 weeks prior to inoculation and kept clean and moist..
Log size is important with respect to retaining moisture and ease of handling. We recommend logs of between 10 and 15cm in diameter and one metre long. Logs less than 10cm in diameter are susceptible to drying out and need to be treated carefully. Take care not to damage the bark. Do not paint the ends but please ensure the logs remain moist.
Logs and extra dowels available for sale
1 hour break for lunch (BYO or local shop)