Orchids in the Bruce Peninsula

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An afternoon Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms(Day 1)

Yesterday we spent a few hours helping out at the Boyter Family Farm in Fonthill to learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms by working hand in hand with them. Here are a few photos from the first stage of cultivating shiitake mushrooms with a brief description below each as well as a link with more in depth information if you’re interested.

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Violet and the pile of cut Maple logs, we used for cultivating. It’s recommended to use a hard wood for Shiitake Mushrooms such as oak, birch and beech along with a few others are also options for  the process. 
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Drilled holes for inoculation approximately 1 inch in depth.
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Drilling the holes to later fill with shiitake spores.
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Melting bees wax using an old crock pot as a double boiler. 
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Hardened block of bees wax that was later melted for capping the holes filled with spores.
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Using a bent spoon to cover the holes.
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 Maple logs filled with mushroom spores and capped with bees wax.