Lessons in Mushroom Culitivation. Part I – Logs

Our first lesson in Mushroom Cultivation was figuring out how to find logs. We had a few bags of Mushroom Dowel Plug Spawn for Fungi for the People in Eugene, Oregon. We just needed logs to grow them in. We looked on Craigslist to find our logs.

It was suggested that our spawn would do well on hard woods. A few months ago, we were city folk who loved the country. Which logs were hard woods? We didn’t know? We drove up a long road following some fairly vague instructions. There was snow on the ground. It was a bit exciting, but I am not used to driving in snow.

The logger had the flu that day, but he told us to come up anyway. His wife told us we could look through the log pile, pick what we wanted then come back to pay for them. She gave us a brief explanation of the difference between Douglas Firs and Maple.  We drove back to the woodpile to search and found mostly 20 foot or longer ‘logs’ piled like pick-up-sticks. There were a only a few that were even small enough to fit in our truck.

We loaded up four logs, back up the hill to pay for them then on our way back to town. Lucy, our Giant puppy, enjoyed licking snow off of the logs as we drove home.

We drilled the logs and thought they really must be hard wood, because they were so hard to drill. Debbie was concerned they might catch on fire.

It took a few drill holes to realize there might be a better choice of drill bits and after a quick trip to the tool store we had a lot more success. We drilled holes about every five inches. We later discovered that we may have put way too many holes, but we think it will work out…Faster!We chose White Elm Oyster plugs for these logs.

Now we wait…

Wild flowers on our hill…

We are getting ready to move out to the land and checking on it as often as we can. I have been out here for the last three days taking care of small jobs; finding someone to ‘mow’ the 2 – 4 foot grasses,  finding someone to help hook up the irrigation pump to electricity and checking on the land.
I finally had time to take a bunch of pictures of the wildflowers while my Mom and I waited to watch the fireworks (today is independence day) in town from our hill.
There is a small highway a quarter mile away and a fairly busy side road at the edge of the property that provides steady white noise, but when no one is driving by there are pretty intense sound coming from the bushes. A lot of birds, I can not yet identify and other smallish creatures fluttering around.
The flying bugs that come out at twilight have noticed us, luckily none of them seem to be mosquitoes.
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Welcome to Frog Eagle Farms!

Yeah! We found our farm!
We bought it in January of 2014. These images are from our first trip with family to the farm. We got a lot of work done and got to finally  get into the pond and see how big it really is. One of the nephews, got to experience Ducks flying at him as he walked toward the nest. We shot a few pictures of the 11 eggs and then moved on to the middle of the pond. Brian (6’4″) and Jacob stood waist deep in water when they got to the middle. Eric and I stayed on the perimeter and took measurements.

A silly picture of Kathe (R) and Debbie (L) on our April work trip.

When we got out of the pond, we all had to go back to the hotel for a hot shower and dry clothes. Even in the first week of April, it was too cold to just hang out in the water. The house was in worse shape than we thought so we decided it would be best to rebuild. First we had to move closer to the farm.

HamiltonThe Eagle. The first inhabitant of the farm. And the Frog…

Welcome to Frog Eagle Farms!
Debbie and I were excited to see what wildlife we would find. The first two animals we saw were a Frog and an Eagle, so we named the farm after them. As we had more time to explore, we found many more frogs, several kinds of birds, including a great Blue Heron, and a few snakes. We saw deer and Elk Tracks (there is a 130 head heard of Elk in the neighborhood) and smaller animals: Gophers, voles, and a Coyote. They are much harder to photograph, but when we get good pictures, we will put them on our Animals on the Farm page.

The Pond in spring