This magnificent mushroom sight put a smile on my face this morning when I walked to the back corner of the yard.
This is the first fruiting of the logs that I inoculated for Shiitake mushrooms last December (2016).
In the past I always just let nature take its' course and if it rained enough, they would start fruiting. I would cover with burlap to keep in the moisture and add water from a garden watering can. Those first logs sprouted Shiitake's for 5-6 years.
This year when I saw the first mushroom start on a new log, I took the remaining 4 logs and immersed them completely in water for 24 hours.
Within three days the mushrooms were budding and this pic is of 3 of the 4 logs about 5 days later. The log that wasn't immersed in water to "shock the mycellium into fruiting" has sprouted only 3 mushrooms so far.
You can pretty much guess what I'm going to do going forward.
Hmnn . . . the trade-off, however, will be that I'll lose one of my indicator events.
In the past if I was busy and not getting out into the woods much, as soon as I'd see Shiitake on any of my back-yard logs, I knew that I better get out into the woods for wild mushrooms.
I kinda' liked giving "Mother Nature" the opportunity to remind me that way.