Here’s the thing, though: Mushrooms are incredibly rich in a an amino acid called ergothioneine, which is a potent antioxidant often used in “anti-aging” skin creams. They’re also rich in selenium, an essential mineral needed in order to detoxify harmful substances such as arsenic and fluoride. Add in the B vitamins, natural vitamin D2, potassium and pantothenic acid for optimal hormone function, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to indulge.
Fortunately, according to Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain you can grow your own at home for as little as $2/pound! I recently “met” Tradd after reading through the list of speakers for the Organic Grower’s School Permaculture Conference in North Carolina next month. I’m seriously hoping a few of you will be able to make it for a real-life meet up, but for those that can’t I thought it would be fun to bring a little piece of the conference to you.
Log & Stump Method
If you have trouble locating freshly cut logs for this method, I recommend calling a tree trimmer and asking if he will set some aside for you!
Step 1: Gather Supplies – You will need:
- Logs, 6-7 inches in diameter and about 3 feet long. Oak is best, followed by sweetgum, maple, and poplar. After that, any deciduous hardwood is about the same. Must be cut from a living tree no more than 1 month prior to beginning your project. If using the stump method, you’ll need a freshly cut stump
- 5/16 drill bit (and a drill)
- Wax – I melted 3/4 cup grated beeswax with 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil in a double boiler. Wax can sometimes crack as it dries so the coconut oil helps preserve the seal
- Plug spawn (and the courage to walk around saying spawn) Continue reading…