This past week I talked the whole family into helping me with a project. The stars must have been aligned or something, because no one even complained. This is especially remarkable because the project was setting up logs for growing shiitake mushrooms and I'm the only one in the family who likes them. The kids won't even touch mushrooms.
First, I marked the logs where I wanted the holes drilled- basically they just needed to be spaced apart in a diamond pattern.
Then Mike drilled the holes for me because he's the best partner ever. They had to be 7/16 of an inch diameter and 1 inch deep to fit the little shiitake plugs.
One of my sweet boys helped by pushing the plugs into the holes...until it was time to practice his instrument and play Wii!
And now I just wait. Once these are fully inoculated and start fruiting, they'll produce for at least 3 years. Then the magical healing powers of the shiitakes will take over my body and I'll live forever! Muahhhaaahhhaaa!
Note: I got the shiitake plugs from Field & Forest Products. They were at The Organic Farming Conference teaching a workshop- How could I resist?