Mycelium is nature’s ultimate recycler, faithfully breaking down cellulose and wood debris. It’s the unseen organism that forms reproductive fruiting bodies that we call mushrooms. And it can easily be used to grow your own mushrooms at home. Here’s how.
Mushrooms are high in protein and other beneficial agents. They can impart a flavor different from anything else in the kitchen, ranging from nutty to lobster-esque depending on the mushroom species. More exotic species are also quite expensive (think truffles) so growing your own mushrooms is a great way to save money while helping the environment.
With no human intervention, a downed tree or stump will become colonized with a variety of organisms including mycelium.Eventually, that mycelium will have obtained enough mass to produce mushrooms such as these naturally occurring Turkey Tails on a oak log. By directing mycelium’s natural tendencies, we can produce mushrooms of our choice. If you already need to clear healthy trees (too close to the foundation, invasives, selective thinning), you can accomplish this DIY in an easy weekend.