Has anyone grown mushrooms in Northern Saskatchewan?

cdnfruit(1)February 8, 2014

Just wondering if anyone has grown mushrooms in northern Saskatchewan. I am considering growing some this year. Oyster mushrooms will grow on popular. If I could find a source of oak, I could grow Shitake. I could use any hints.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Mushrooms grow anywhere,...Oyster mushrooms is about the easiest to grow, can be grown in straw or straw bales easily, which I've done for several years but when I grew Shiitake on wood, I then gave up on the Oyster. Shiitake is one of the very best Mushrooms.
Not sure how far you want to go,..get a mushroom growing kit, .buy your spawn and inoculate? This was my first step,..I then have made my own Oyster spawn on grain, also Shiitake wooden plugs and put into poplar logs, it has worked, also made my own sawdust, [oak] substrate and inoculated with shiitake spawn, you can have much faster result going this route.

I have taken a course out in BC many years ago.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:30PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Konrad, you now have my interest. I am going to have to look into a kit. Curiously, do shiitake grow on all members of the populus genus?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 6:23PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Not sure but I would think so.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 6:40PM
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Without a kit, your biggest obstacle will be finding a way to sterilize the growing media so that undesirable microbes don't outcompete your mushrooms.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 1:17PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

It's not needed for logs,..just fairly fresh wood, [not half rotten].
I've immersed whole straw bales, [fresh straw] in water for a couple of weeks, it worked pretty good, now I would make a steamer, have also used chopped straw and pasteurized first, made a large pot and wire basket and heated up with propane outdoor, for Oyster mushroom.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 9:26PM
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