I have never thought of myself as a “Green Thumb”. I have done ok with small herbs and I have gotten a few tomatoes but my garden production has left something to be desired. Today, I have moved away from plants and onto fungi. My best friend, Ben Jeter, was in town this weekend, and we inoculated 8 oak logs with Shitake mushroom spores. Strain 512+ is a warm weather strain which is designed to fruit in warmer weather from 65-85 degrees. That sounds like Georgia weather to me.
This starts episode 1 of our daily picture and blog of “Fungi Farmer”. You have to look forward to 365 more posts and daily pictures of wood. Not just any wood but logs that have been cut and inoculated with Shitake mushrooms. The pictures will be boring and the posts monotonous. The daily life of the wood will become your reason for turning on the computer in the morning. You will ache and pain each day as you become more and more agitated at the lack of substance or growth but you will always come back for more. Just for that single hope that you will be able to watch a fungus grow. Not only will you be shocked and amazed at how every picture looks exactly the same but you will soon also appreciate the fungi you eat on a regular basis. And so starts “Fungi Farmer” only available at S & J's Woodfired Pizza.