The course was in Sydney so I stayed over night with a good friend who took me out to a great vegetarian restaurant. We had fun. And overnight something shifted. I became determined to learn everything I could in the course and give it a go.
Well I learnt the most amazing things. I know how to take a mushroom, take a small tissue sample out of it, grow it in agar in a petri dish, transfer it to grain to give it more space to grow, then to a bigger container of grain, then to a coarse substrate of straw. Then harvest my own home grown mushrooms. It still does my head in but I know I can do it.
I am very exciting about honing my skills, and will share my stories because I want others to know that you too can grow mushrooms from home. It greatly expands your repertoire of home grown produce, adds considerably to your nutrition and options. Once I master this and a course comes up I am going to learn bee keeping. I suddenly feel like I am winning on the homespun front.
Eucalypt logs innoculated with shiitake spawn that we prepared in the class.