Oyster Mushroom Block

Shiitake Mushroom Project Phase 1

I did find some wonderful goodies at the Van Dusen Plant Sale last weekend despite the fact that I attended the sale solely to get my paws on a mushroom growing kit.  The sale was an absolute zoo even with the rainy weather which made it a bit difficult to get to the Western Biologicals Ltd. table but once there it was worth it to see the great display of mushrooms and take home a block to grow my very own shiitake mushrooms. Here is what mine looked like when I got it home.


I’ve followed the instructions so far to the letter and a week later I already have mushrooms forming but I can’t say that I’ve actually DONE anything.  I opened the bag, watered the block and then set it under my deck.  So far so good.  I’m confident that they’ll look like the display mushrooms very soon:

My intention in growing anything is to learn about the biology through home experimentation and I’m not sure watering a prepared fungus block is the way to do that.  So I picked up a pamphlet on some upcoming classes that I’m considering signing up for.  They offer a farm tour as part of the classes and I’m always up for a farm tour.  We’ll see.  It’s been fun so far and I’m sure I’ll enjoy my mushrooms.  I do see this project evolving into something more though.



Western Biologicals Mushroom Display

If you are in the market for a mushroom block at home, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try it.  Western Biologicals has no website so call them at 604-856-3339 for more info.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. miss m
    miss mMay 1,10

    Amazing !

  2. Laura
    LauraMay 1,10

    Ooohh, farm tours are fun! Do that class. The mushroom table was packed at VanDusen. It was really interesting to see how they grow. Good luck with yours!

  3. Dirty Girl Gardening
    Dirty Girl GardeningMay 1,10

    Oh I love these!! Such a fun project… your look great, too.

  4. Linda
    LindaMay 1,10

    How exciting! Back when we lived in California, I got a kit for “white” mushrooms (what was I thinking?) I immediately regretted not getting something more flavorful like a shitake. They did exceedingly well nonetheless. It’s a lot of fun growing mushrooms, enjoy!

  5. Crafty Gardener
    Crafty GardenerMay 2,10

    What a fascinating project to undertake. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  6. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceMay 2,10

    My husband can’t stand mushrooms, correction…Hubby despises mushroom! I love them for cooking especially with soup, casseroles, or pizza. Have fun growing them, the photos looks interesting! In the meantime I’m waiting for my tomatoes to grow, Hopefully I’m on the right track!

  7. KatieLovesDogs
    KatieLovesDogsMay 2,10

    I can’t wait to see your results. Maybe I will get inspiration to try to grow mushrooms. I’ve been thinking about growing them for awhile.

  8. Dan
    DanMay 4,10

    Cool! I was going to order one of these kits late winter but was concerned about it freezing in transport. I heard you can toss the spent log on wood shavings outdoors and it will recolonize.

  9. mary ellen
    mary ellenSeptember 3,10

    I encouraged my 12 year old to grow mushrooms for his science fair project last spring. I had gotten spawn for 3 different oyster mushrooms, and had instructions for growing them on…Toilet Paper rolls!!! It was hugely successful, he even tasted some of the mushrooms after the fair! (smelly, however) It’s inspired me to get some logs and try it outside, where the fresh air won’t be any worse for some fungus odor! Great resource: Field & Forest sells the spawn in several forms depending on how you want to grow your shrooms, and directions.

  10. meemsnyc
    meemsnycMay 16,12

    Wow Stevie, this is soooo cool! I can’t wait to try growing different types of mushrooms! What’s up with them not having a website???? They need one pronto!

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