A fungus among us!

Mushrooms at Slide Ranch and in your garden

We hope people are enjoying the return of the wet weather. Here in the slide garden, the rains are bringing another round of mushrooms. The fruiting bodies of the root-like network of mycelia that run throughout the garden are always a joy to see. They bring many different colors, textures, and even smell to the garden. This spring we are starting to grow our own edible mushrooms, we have purchased spawn for Wine Cap, otherwise known as King Stropharia or Garden Giant muchroom, and have inoculated the spawn into beds of wood chips in some of the shadier parts of the garden. With ample water, the spawn will spread throughout the wood chips, and start sending up tasty mushrooms in as little as four months.

Mushrooms are a fun, easy, and most of all delicious treat to grow. There are now many kits on the market for indoor and outdoor growing of tasty varieties like oyster, lion’s mane, and maitake or hen-of-the-woods. You too can grow your own fungus-humungous!