How to Grow Gourmet Mushrooms Video

June 27, 2009

Mushrooms have to be one of the biggest overlooked finds for the backyard vegetable garden. That’s a shame because they are so easy to cultivate and extremely productive considering the minimal effort required to start them growing.

You’ll find a number of articles right here at Veggie Gardening Tips related to growing both gourmet and medicinal edible mushrooms, and today I wanted to add a little video content to show just how easy it is to start your own crop of Shiitakes, Maitakes, Oysters, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chicken of the Woods, and other interesting and delicious mushroom species.

Grow Your Own Edible Mushrooms Indoors or Out

There are many different techniques used to cultivate mushrooms commercially, but for the home gardener the best options are the convenient kits used to grow them indoors or hardwood log inoculation for cultivating mushrooms outdoors.

The great thing about using hardwood logs is that once they are inoculated and begin fruiting they will continue to produce pound after pound of gourmet mushrooms for years to come at no additional expense or labor requirement.

After watching the mushroom log inoculation video visit the following links to read previous articles here at Veggie Gardening Tips that are related to growing mushrooms in the home or backyard garden.

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  • I had thought about growing mushrooms before, and actually tried an indoor kit with no luck. But never realized how easy it is to do it yourself. Gonna look for plugs now. Can you send me in the right direction? And what time of year is best to inoculate the logs?

  • Kenny Point

    Bdiggin, I purchased my mushroom spawn plugs from Fungi Perfecti. Spring is the most convenient time for inoculating the logs but it can also be done during summer and fall. My biggest challenge is usually locating a source of suitable live-cut hardwood to use. Good luck.

  • Thanks, Kenny. I checked out several, including Fungi Perfecti. Prices are certainly reasonable. You’re right, looks like the log is the bigger issue. Is there another medium that you’ve tried or would recommend – still growing them outdoors, of course?

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  • Wow! I had never considered growing our own mushrooms, but we do eat a lot of them, so it would totally make sense for us. Thanks for your awesome video, it’s really useful! 🙂

  • Kenny Point

    You’re welcome Nathalie, thanks for stopping by and checking out the video. Growing mushrooms is really cool and very easy using the mushroom plug method. The best part is that or a little upfront work, the same mushroom logs can continue producing for five years or even longer.

  • Mireille

    Kenny, your site is my fav! Growing mushrooms will be a perfect homeschooling project. I am going to order the spawn today. FYI, I’m not trying to be a know-it-all, but there seems to be a little room for confusion about how “fresh” the log should be when you innoculate it. My impression from your instructions on your blog was that the log should be cut and inoculated immediately. I noticed, however, that Fungi Perfecti instructs differently. Quote: “The log should be cut one to three months in advance of plugging . . . Freshly-cut logs should not be immediately inoculated; trees naturally produce anti-fungal compounds, which degrade in two to three weeks from cutting.” Just thought it might be helpful to clarify incase anyone else had the same “cut it and drill it immediately” impression that I did. Thanks again for your great website. It’s the only gardening blog I read regularly.

  • Kenny Point

    Thanks Mireille, and I appreciate your pointing out the confusion. You are correct that you should not cut the mushroom logs and then turn around and inoculate them the same day. Some recommend to wait as short as two weeks after cutting and I try to stay around three or four weeks before I inoculate them. I will go back and put the emphasis on using “live-cut” rather than freshly cut hardwoods. On the other hand, you don’t want too much time passing before inoculation as it could give other wild spawn an opportunity to take hold before your plug spawn is introduced. Thank you for commenting and for being a loyal reader here! I will be sharing additional gardening projects such as worm composting that may also interest you and make for great homeschooling projects.

  • Thanks for posting such a great video (and other info as well)! I’m having a go at growing shiitake (on a log) and oyster mushrooms (on a roll of toilet paper) indoors – hopefully it’ll go well.

    I wrote up a mushroom growing guide that includes different sources of spawn and spores that might be helpful.

    Thanks again!

  • Barbee

    Kenny, would you believe that my research on mushroom growing was how I found your web-site years ago? Shame on me that I have not done this yet.
    I have a few questions:
    #1 ‘Other’ sites say that the log should be partially buried and kept in the shade. What is your experience in this? I don’t have a spot that has year-round shade and I’m wondering if this is truly necessary.
    #2 I saw a photo of some logs leaning against a house-modular home, wouldn’t this make for a perfect vector for sub-terrainean termites? Because of THEM, here in TX we have to be careful about organic material such as wood touching the house.
    #3 Do you water the logs? Fertilize the logs?

    You make it seem so easy, can it really be THAT easy?

  • Kenny Point

    Hi Barbee, it really is that easy to inoculate and grow gourmet mushrooms right in your own backyard! Sure, I have had a log or two where the mushroom spawn just didn’t take for whatever reason and produced nothing, but for the most part it has been an extremely easy and successful venture.

    There may be a specific mushroom varieties that must be partially buried or grown on stumps during the inoculation process but none of the species that I have grown had to be buried and the recommendations that I have read indicated NOT to bury the logs until after they were inoculated and incubated. Even then burying is optional. I have never buried any of my logs but plan to do so with my current crop next spring just for the convenience of having them stand on end with only enough buried to keep them upright.

    I’ve never noticed anyone leaning the mushroom logs against a house, but just avoid that if termites or other issues are a concern. I don’t water my logs but that is a good idea if you can do so. There is no need to fertilize the logs, the mushroom spawn are feeding on the nutrients in wood itself as they break down and decompose the fibers.

    I would recommend that you keep the logs in a shady location, or simply suspend a piece of shade cloth over them if you don’t have any natural shade to take advantage of. Good luck!

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  • Greg

    Hi Kenny I really love this site and it has been a vast source of knowledge for me as I am trying to have my hands more and more in the process of the foods I eat. I was wondering how the logs do with winter? I live in Massachusetts so we have a decent winter season and usually get atleast two feet in the back yard. Can I have different kinds of mushrooms on different logs but near eachother? Those are the two main questions I have right now. Blessings and Love Greg.

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  • Le nguyen

    Dear sir: i love your video so much. I am a mushroom lover . I always wanted to grow mushroom but do even know how to start. I have some questions though:
    – i have a cedar that was knock down by the storm las year. Can cedar be used to grow mushroom or it must be the certain type of hard wood only? If yes, would you please tell me what they are please
    – where can i buy the plug ?
    I am waiting to see your mail pop up in my mail box, yah!
    Merry Christmas to you
    Eat a lot and have fun
    I wish you with all the health and get a lot blessing from God
    Thank you and take care
    Fr: le

  • Lindsey

    Hi!!! I loved your video! 😀 I just recently started experimenting with growing my own mushrooms. I have a question that I can’t seem to be able to find the answer to anywhere I look though….. but I’m concerned about termites in my logs. Should this be a concern of mine when growing my mushrooms? Have you ever had any problems with this yourself? THANKS!!! 😀

  • Kenny Point

    Hi Lindsey, I have never had an issue with termites or any other insects going after the mushroom logs but I can’t say for sure that it couldn’t happen.

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