Guide to Growing Mushrooms on Logs

Mushrooms are easy to grow on logs outdoors.  Cut a freshly fallen tree into manageable sections, drill holes and plant with your choice of delicious and medicinal mushrooms.  Want to learn more?  Watch our videos, read our blogs and peruse the FAQs.

Plug Spawn

Plug spawn is very easy to use and requires tools that are found in most households. You will need an 8-8.5mm drill bit to drill holes, a hammer to tap the mushroom plugs into the holes, and a paintbrush or wax dauber to apply melted wax to cover them. To drill holes to the proper depth each time, fit a depth stop onto your 8 mm (5/16″) drill bit or purchase a special high speed 8.5 mm drill bit with built-in depth stop.

Sawdust Spawn

Sawdust spawn requires the purchase some special tools, but is a more economical than plugs if you plan to inoculate logs year after year.  For lightening fast drilling, use a 12 mm drill bit with built-in depth stop with an adapter to convert your angle grinder to a high speed drill. Fill the custom-made inoculation tool with sawdust spawn, and “punch” the pellet into the hole. Cover with melted wax using a wool daube

Popular Plug Spawn Varieties

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The Key is to Keep Cold or Delay Shipping

Refrigeration will delay fruiting for a month or more, and a cold dark basement will slow them for 2-3 weeks.  A sticker on your parcel will alert the recipient to keep it cold.

We encourage you to order early to avoid the uncertainties of the seasonal postal rush, and delay shipping.  To delay shipping, select a date on the checkout page, found directly under your total order $ value.   If you don’t select a date, we will ship in 1-2 business days.

The elves at our family farm are doing our best to keep everything in stock, but we request your understanding just in case we run out and substitute a similar product in order to ship on time.  

Consider also the option of a non-perishable gift, like booksmushroom hot chocolate, or a gift card so that your loved one can choose a living gift when timing is best for them.

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