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Grow shitake mushrooms for gourmet recipes

Giving the gift of the exotic or an adventure is giving from the heart. My mother never ventured far from home, but she grew new plants every year -- it was her form of adventure. Maybe you can spark that same lifetime of exploration of the cultures around the world by giving the gift of edible travel! One gift for the garden is mushrooms. Always viewed as a very specialized form of gardening, it has become easier with kits now on the market.

Mushroom lovers are discovering how they can enjoy organic gourmet mushrooms at a fraction of the cost by growing them year-round on hardwood logs.

Through lecture and hands-on experience, Ton Magruder leads participants through the entire mushroom growing process of selecting logs and suitable mushroom strains for their growing area; inoculating, incubating, and arranging the logs for optimum yield; and harvesting ripe mushrooms for peak flavor. Mushroom enthusiasts can easily gather the information, experience, and resources they need to create a bountiful shitake mushroom garden.

Since shitake mushroom logs take up minimal space and can fruit both indoors and out, growing these gourmet mushrooms is suitable for homeowners and apartment dwellers alike. Also, no gardening experience is necessary because once started, a mushroom garden will produce again and again with little or no attention.

Tom Magruder has been an avid home gardener for over 25 years. He believes that successful gardening comes from working with the essential intelligence of nature, and specializes in growing organic produce year-round. He has been cultivating shitake, oyster, and maitake mushrooms for 4 years.

For more information about workshops or individual instruction, or to purchase mushroom logs or fresh mushrooms, contact Tom at 828-296-1121


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