How to grow your own Shiitake mushrooms

Growing Shiitake mushrooms seems to be one project where a little bit of effort has a huge payoff. For a one time investment in some minimal equipment, a bit of foraging for wood, and a small amount of time you can have your own Shiitake mushrooms for years to come.

Unlike a lot of mushrooms, Shiitake’s dehydrate exceptionally well, which make them ideal for long term storage. In fact this is the most common way I see them sold.

I learned that most Shiitake Mushrooms available for purchase at stores are grown in a sawdust mix. This method of growing mushrooms diminishes both the taste and medicinal qualities of the mushroom, furthermore sun dried Shiitake mushrooms can yield up to 20,000 international units of vitamin D per serving vs 100 units if a dehydrator is used.

Again we see how growing your own food is not only an economical choice, but is also a higher quality end product.

I posted this article about how to grow Shiitake mushrooms to Jason Akers website at theselfsufficientgardener.com. Jason has been a great contributor to save our skills with his great article on how to build a low budget top bar bee hive and his $10 cheese press.

Link How to grow shiitake mushrooms

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for this post. I know I can grow ‘shrooms. You’re doin’ a great job on SOS. Keep it up 😉

  • Thanks, but this information isn’t mine, I’m just regurgitation the great information i learned at the mother earth news fair. It seems easy enough though, I can’t wait to inoculate my logs in the spring.

    First winter storm that comes through you can bet I’ll be up in the woods with my hand saw scoping out oak branches. I would prefer to use found wood, but I have a nice maple that needs to be pruned in my yard that will serve.

  • Jorja

    I’m really tempted to try this. Do the logs w/spores just go dormant during the winter months or need to be taken inside to the basement?

  • Jorja,

    You leave them outside year round. No special care needs to be given to the logs unless you are in a very dry environment, in which case you might need to water them. The presenter is from western Pennsylvania and does not water his logs, hopefully that gives you a baseline for moisture.

  • Jorja

    Thanks Nick! I’m going for it!

  • I hope this was evident in the article, for the first year they need to be stacked close to the ground, after that you can lean them against a tree or a rope like was described in the article

    also use tree limbs you know fell during the winter or use fresh cuttings

  • Richard

    Hummm thats what I’m talking. Few hours of work for 10 years supply of mushrooms. I’m going to have to add this to my todo list.

  • Jason changed his blog naming structure, apparently, the link above is broken. The Working Link is:
    http://theselfsufficientgardener.com/growing-shiitake-mushrooms

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the heads up! I updated the link