Friday, December 19, 2008


Mushrooms are a very popular ingredient in thai cuisine--so we are growing our own straw mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shitakes. We get the spores in bags like this one. Each bag can be used to grow one mushroom at a time, and you can pile them up into a whole wall. A very clever system!

We are also taking the bags apart in order to propagate more of the spores and produce larger quantities. Here we are spreading out the mycellium and layering with rice straw, chopped banana trunk, and manure in one of our garden beds.

Then we create a bamboo hoop house to protect it and shade with banana leaves.

In a few weeks, there should be lots of mushrooms to harvest... and mushroom soup for dinner!

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