The risk you run is contamination from other fungal spores that may be already colonizing the wood.
Excepting a few weeks to allow the living tree's fungal defense mechanisms to diminish, you are best to inoculate as soon as possible after the tree has been felled.
The spore load is lowest in the winter- but if you want a guaranteed harvest, you may be best to use fresh wood. If you're new to cultivation, pasteurized straw or freshly brewed coffee grounds (already pasteurized) make easier first projects, and have much shorter time to yield than log culture.
Dave Wichland of Wichland Woods has a great New Hampshire based spawn library (http://www.wichlandwoods.com/).
Field and Forest Products is Wisconsin based, but great: www.fieldforest.net
My favorite by far is Wild Branch Farm: http://www.wildbranchmushrooms.com/.Their spawn availability is seasonal, but some of the strongest strains I have grown.
All of these suppliers will have great
information about your selection of substrate, etc.
Willow Crossing Farm
Prospect Rock Permaculture
Design and Education for Ecological Culture
Jeffersonville, VT 05464
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From: matt mcmenaman <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:47 AM
Subject: [penn-permaculture] mushroom innoculation question and sources
I am about to get a hold of some fallen oak trees caused by Sandy. My
question is on the quality of that wood for mushroom innoculation. They
obviously fell around Oct 29th and have been sitting ever since. I remember
reading that the ideal logs should be felled in the spring before they begin to
leaf out, is that correct? Not to be picky but will these oaks be suitable
considering that they have lain in the woods for a few months through the
winter? I just want to make sure that I’ll have some success after investing
time and resources in these logs...
Also, I’d prefer to buy inoculation spore here on the east coast and I
thought there was someone in NC that sells mushroom supplies but I can’t find
them. What’s your preferred source?
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