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  1. Evan

    Hello Newb here

    They definitely look like oysters and will probably grow again on the same tree. I'm a little farther north in southern PA. I'm sure you can find some of the same mushrooms there. We pick morels, chanterelles, yellow foot, black trumpet, puffballs, boletes, hedgehogs, chicken of the woods, hen of the woods, oysters, and I'm sure some others I'm forgetting. Your best bet is to find someone who is experienced hunting mushrooms in your area. There may even be a local club that you can join. Sorry you haven't gotten a response sooner. The page is a little slow this time of year. Most of us don't find many mushrooms during the winter.
  2. Evan

    Cut it or uproot it?

    I have seen mushrooms push stones out of the way when the grow. I do not think leaving a stem will keep a new mushroom from growing. Also, mushrooms deteriorate quickly, so the stem will rot away. And by pulling mushrooms they will have dirt on them. You would need to trim the stem off to keep your mushrooms clean in your basket or bag.
  3. Evan

    Harvested Giant Red Reishi

    A picture would make identification easier. As far as medicinal benefits, reishi has been used for centuries to treat many illnesses. Now it is considered to have many preventative health benefits. There was been quite a bit of research done. I made my first reishi tincture over a year ago and haven't used it yet! Haha!! It's not the best tasting stuff in the world.
  4. That's a good point. There are saw dust spawn blocks and kits that are on clearance because they are not guaranteed to stay dormant due to age. According to the description they may fruit almost immediately. The saw dust blocks are 2.5 kilos and the kits are 1 kilo. And they are half price. I was going to get those so we can get mushrooms quickly and because they have more varieties available on clearance. In think we might get some of each and see what they produce. Maybe we will order some spawn for logs when the weather is warmer. Thanks for the input. It was a great help.
  5. I had planned to use the saw dust spawn block like a grow kit. The description says most varieties will work that way. Then transfer the spawn outside in the spring. Maybe the regular kits would be better for now so we can have some growing soon.
  6. We received a $50 gift certificate for Everything Mushrooms and I'm trying to decide what to buy. It's too cold here in PA to start logs right now. There are several discount saw dust spawn kits that I'm considering because I might be able to transplant mycelium in the spring. Or should I wait and order plug spawn when the weather is warm? Or both? Plugs are relatively inexpensive. What do you guys think? This will be a project for my daughter and I.
  7. This is a first for us. We have never seen shaggy manes before. I would have harvested some, but this was it. They were growing right beside our driveway when we got home yesterday. Since there were no more we just left these to spread some spores and hopefully we will find more in the future.
  8. This has been one of the wettest summer's ever in PA. I'm not a bolete expert, but I think that might be the problem. More moisture means more bugs, more mold and faster decomposition
  9. They can continually produce depending on the conditions. But, I believe, eventually the wood will break down too far and not be capable of supporting b the fungus.
  10. Evan

    White Sheep Head

    That's pretty cool.
  11. Evan


    I realize this post is in the wrong place, but this is where it will be seen by everyone. Our silent auction only has a few more days and still no bids. I realize that most of us scroll right past the link after all this time without even thinking. This is just a reminder in case you forgot. I'm sure whoever wins the auction will be very happy.
  12. Evan

    Saturday's finds

    Wow!! That's a ton of trumpets!
  13. Evan

    The HENS!!

    Nice! I can't wait to start finding them. We've had plenty of rain and more on the way. Just a few more weeks unless the temps start dropping soon.
  14. Evan

    Today's find

    The yellow mushrooms look like smooth chanterelles. Congrats!! The pink ones could be cinnabar chants, but I'm not sure because I have never found those.