trahn - Thanks for sharing the insight, experience and thinking about Lions Mane. I tried dowels into logs just once with Lions Mane and it was a complete failure. My issue is follow through. I got some nice black Morel mycelium growing on a delaminated cardboard roll last spring but lost it because of lack of timely follow-through. At some point the mycelium started to form sclerotia in the cardboard roll and amazingly I had little contamination in this non-sterile grow technique. What was perfect about it and why I'm going to repeat this year is that the black Morels came from the creek behind my house and just 1/2 mile away. They show up each year without fail in that spot. So, I'm going to invite them into my back yard. Ha! So, I'm thinking there can't be a better sourcing to try getting a consistent naturalized grow in my back yard. I'm thinking of doing a trench along one fence. Maybe I can harvest the mycelium and refrigerate/freeze it till fall and do the trench just before the cold sets in. A prior year, I tried a Chinese technique to keep the mycellium active by cutting a plug out of an apple, dropping a piece of morel cap tissue from the inside of the cap into the hole and putting the plug back, then dipping the apple in wax to seal it and then refrigerating it. Supposed to be good for 3-5 months. Well I tried it with 3 apples and it appeared to have some success. The mycellium is supposed to slowly colonize the inside of the apply. Results were inconsistent for me and I didn't do anything with the mycelium except throw it into flower beds.