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Growing Pearl Oyster Mushrooms in bags

November 9, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation | 19 comments | Author:

Behold, for we have home-grown pearl oyster mushrooms, and you can too. The process of growing them from scratch is not that tricky once you know how, and results in a luscious harvest of fresh oyster mushrooms. First of all, … Read More


Growing Oyster Mushrooms in a Bucket

July 16, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation | 38 comments | Author:

I think Nick might have hit apon a great way to grow oyster mushrooms at Milkwood Farm – it’s a bucket full of mushrooms! We’ve been experimenting with various techniques for growing mushrooms (mushroom bags, mushroom beds, mushroom logs) but … Read More


DIY mushroom housing: research

June 22, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Education, Mushroom Cultivation, Resources, Small Farm Skills | 8 comments | Author:

At the moment we’re doing some serious research on how mushroom cultivation will best fit into the integrated systems at Milkwood Farm. We’re looking for options that are low-energy input, appropriate for our climate, use waste materials we have on-farm, … Read More


Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

May 23, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation, Resources | 12 comments | Author:

Recently I re-discovered this fabulous diagram and accompanying notes by Paul Stamets. It’s basically an outline of how to deeply integrate mycology and edible mushroom propagation into a small permaculture farm system, point by point. Thank you, Mr Stamets. I … Read More


Pink Oyster Mushrooms (Happy Mothers Day!)

May 14, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation | 4 comments | Author:

This morning I woke up to a delayed Mothers Day of pancakes, sticky kisses and… a bag of pink oyster mushrooms, just starting to fruit! How amazing are they? The reason for the delay was that Nick was in Sydney … Read More


Easy Mushroom Foraging: Slippery Jack (Suillus granulatus)

May 4, 2012 | Foraging, Mushroom Cultivation, Off-Farm goings on | 13 comments | Author:

Yesterday Ashar and I went mushroom foraging at our local pine forest, just to see what there might be after a rainy day in Autumn. And look what we found! Slippery Jacks. Yum.


Mushroom Cultivation: Good books for Aussies

April 26, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation, Publications, Resources | 4 comments | Author:

The further we get into mushroom cultivation, the more I realise just how useful and amazing fungi is. I’ve also found that it’s sometimes a little hard to find info that relates to growing edible mushrooms in Australian conditions. Finding … Read More


Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Sawdust Spawn

March 30, 2012 | Mushroom Cultivation, Resources | 27 comments | Author:

We’re getting very excited about growing delicious culinary mushrooms at Milkwood. Ever since we ran our first mushroom cultivation course in January, they’re springing up all over the place. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to grow them is … Read More


Learning the way of the mycelium

February 3, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Mushroom Cultivation, Small Farm Skills | 2 comments | Author:

So it turns out that mushroom cultivation is really easy – once you wrap your head around all the intricacies, that is. And setting aside all the ‘wow’ moments you’ll have as you begin to delve into the wonderful world … Read More


Making a shiitake mushroom log

July 20, 2011 | Courses + Workshops, Mushroom Cultivation, Off-Farm goings on, Resources | 21 comments | Author:

Shiitake mushrooms are the yummiest variety, in my opinion. They’re also the most expensive in the shops, and virtually impossible to find in an organic variety (at least where we live). Solution: grow your own. You’ll be happy to hear … Read More