Here are a few essentials for inoculating
1. Shiitakes Mushroom Spawn
2. 8.5mm soft steel screw tip bit w/stop collar
3. Thumb Style Brass Inoculator
We ordered our supplies from
We used the West Wind Shiitakes Strain.
“West Wind™ features a fast spawn run, large, thick, first flush mushrooms, and heavy yields, making it a great strain choice for new growers. West Wind™ is also slightly more drought tolerant than other WR strains, and shows a slight preference for red oak over white oak. [It]Fruits naturally in the spring and fall.”
of our EMGVs graciously contributed|
white oak, willow oak, sweet gum, and elm
logs for this project. One bag of mushroom spawn
inoculates around 25 logs.
(We grabbed a few extra logs!)
Cheese wax is used to cover the mushroom spawn in each
appropriate hole.Smearing wax over exposed wood
reduces decay and drying out: including both ends.
For further information please read: Producing Shiitake Mushrooms: A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs. It is also posted on the right sidebar menu.