October 8, 2008

Growing mushrooms Day 4

I've been too busy looking at light fixtures for the new house to do much cooking but I have remembered to water my mushroom logs. They've been resting on damp sponges in their little tents for the last few days. Each day I give the oyster and pom pom mushrooms a sprinkle of water and make sure the sponges are still wet. The shiitake log has a different treatment. It sits in an inflated bag and has been growing fuzzier every day.

When I watered yesterday, I noticed that a few small bumps had formed on the oyster mushroom log. This morning those bumps had developed into 1 1/2 inch stalks with little caps on them! Then I took a closer look at the shiitake log which was supposed to still be in the preparation stage. Overnight mushrooms formed on the bottom of the log. One little mushroom was over an inch tall already! I gave the company a call to find out if I should skip ahead to the growing stage and got their ok. Since the mushrooms were sprouting on what was the bottom of the log I laid the log horizontally when I placed it on the sponge. According to the directions I should be harvesting my first mushrooms 2-7 days from now. I think it's the wonderful fall weather we're having that is causing them to grow so well.

*Abbie (my cat) was very interested in the mushroom logs. You can see her behind the logs in the first picture and she sniffed the oyster log for the longest time.

The sprouting Sonoma brown oyster mushroom logThe oyster mushrooms emerging Baby Sonoma brown oyster mushrooms The shiitake log A baby shiitake mushroom Abbie giving the oyster log a sniff Bonus Abbie shot
Growing Mushrooms Day 1

19 comments:

Heather said...

Oh my gah! I can't tell what's cuter - your mushrooms (kawaii!!!) or Abbie. I think you should send the bebbeh mushroom pics to cuteoverload.com.

shellyfish said...

Yeah for extra Abby shot! This is like the coolest science experiement I've ever seen in my life!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, look at those mushrooms!! Fabulous!!

I always love the Abbie photos!! :0)

doggybloggy said...

way more than cool......

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is just super cool, Maggie! I can't wait to hear how they taste!

chriesi said...

That is fabulous!

miss v said...

crazy. neat. fantastic.

there is nothing quite like growing your own food. i'm a big gardener, but haven't tried the fungi!

Shayne said...

JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

YUM! May I trouble you for the name of the company where you got those logs? I feel a new obsession coming on!

Adam said...

So super cool to have fungus among us :) I can't wait til they are full blown mushrooms

Clumbsy Cookie said...

This is so cool! I had no idea you could buy these things! It must be a blast for yout cat! Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with them!
Gorgeous picture of the baby mushrooms!

maybelle's mom said...

I just can't get over how easy it is. You will easy 4druple your investment.

Maggie said...

Thanks everyone for watching my experiment! For anyone looking to buy a kit, I bought my logs at Gourmet Mushrooms.

Angie said...

haha....see how cool are your mushrooms, even that lovely Abbie couldn't help herself....

once in a blue moon... said...

beautiful pics, but abbie steals the show~

SOUP OF THE DAY said...

Awww ... Hi pretty kitty!

Anonymous said...

wow that is awsome. i want to grow mushrooms! thank you for posting this.so cute!

they look like adorable little penises

Maggie R said...

Well Honestly....You are so young and I am so old!!!! I never saw anyone grow their own mushrooms!!!! Learn something new every day.....What fun!!!
I love mushrooms so I may give it a try!!!I don't really enjoy cooking so it is a pleasure to see someone that does....
I Love your blog, and all the things you make... You will have a ball in your new home... which BTW is fabulous.... So lucky at your age to be so blessed....
Thanks for the good time
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie

caligrowkits said...

yammy mushroom Pics you have shared here.. @ mushroom growing kits