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Fungi Corner - Bringing fungi into the garden and teaching cultivation

Jun 22, 2014

Many people in the community expressed an interest in fungi and in particular, growing their own fungi for improving the soil, or for a good source of protein in their diet.

The method used in the garden is one that is used successfully in many third world countries and is very low-tech and inexpensive. Using wood ash to pasteurize a substrate (wood chip/bagass/straw etc) and mixing some fungi mycelium in a moist shady part of the garden it is hoped a crop of Oyster mushrooms or King stropharia might grow. The method can also be used to make bags of mushrooms.

Volunteers made a woven willow and native dogwood fence for the fungi patch so that it would not be disturbed and a fungi table and chairs for kids to read books and do craft at 'Storytime in the garden'! Children are enjoying have a new place they can play - the children recently made some paper lanterns and hung them in the trees for winter soltice!

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