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 shotGrowing Mushrooms Day 1