It is that time of year again! It is time to start thinking about plugging logs. Here is a basic break down of inoculating mushroom logs.
1) What makes a good log:
Logs must be cut from healthy living trees.
No rot at all on tree.
Be prepared to plug logs anywhere from 1 week to 2 months after the tree was felled.
Best to cut while the tree is dormant.
Keep the bark undamaged and as intact as possible.
Keep the logs clean and off the ground by stacking them on a crate or scraps of wood.
*Always have permission from the property owner if you are taking a tree that is not on your land!
2) What tree species to use?
3) The supplies you will need are:
Wax - soy, bees, or cheese are all acceptable- we use this cheese wax
A place to soak logs for 12/24 hours
If using sawdust spawn you will need:
- -5/16th inch drill bit
4) How to inoculate the log
- Start drilling holes two inches from the end of the log about six inches apart from each other.
- For Sawdust Spawn: Drill holes 1⁄2” deep. Inset inoculation plunger in sawdust and then plunge in to the drilled holes.
- For Plug Spawn: Drill holes 1 1⁄4” deep. Insert plug spawn in to the drilled holes.
- Cover all holes and damaged bark areas with wax.
- Soak logs in water for 12/24 hours and then set them in a shady place, off the ground.
- Make sure your logs stay moist though out the year water logs if there is extended period without rain.
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