MUSHROOM MOUNTAIN

Gardening with Fungi - March 23, 2019

$50.00
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When: March 23rd, 2019 – 9am – 1pm

Price: $50

Where: Mushroom Mountain, 200 Finley Rd. Easley, SC 29642

Lunch not included


Join us at Mushroom Mountain to learn how you can incorporate fungi to improve your gardening, farming or landscaping practices.  This day-long workshop will introduce a deep understanding of what fungi are, how they grow, and why they make mushrooms, then explore simple techniques for using them to improve the landscapes.  Live demonstrations will be performed for participants to gain practice and a tour of the Mushroom Mountain facilities will be included. Techniques will include using fungi to:


  • Grow mushrooms in the garden and landscape

  • Amend garden soil for improved soil structure

  • Improve water quality and retention in the landscape

  • Enhance the quality of compost

  • Turn household organic wastes into soil

  • Improve plant health with symbiotic mycorrhiza


The workshop is appropriate for all skill levels and will be useful to range of people from hobby gardeners to professional landscapers and designers wishing to leverage the benefits of fungi for their business.  All participants will go home with garden giant mushroom spawn to begin their mushroom landscaping journeys at home.


Taught by Leif Olson, research coordinator and Environmental Enhancement Services director for Mushroom Mountain.  Leif is an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner with a background in ecology, environmental chemistry, mycology, sustainable agriculture and bioremediation.  He has spent years as a landscaper and is currently working to develop methods for tackling landscape restoration and enhancement using the power of fungi.


Workshop Schedule

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introductions

  • Have everyone in group briefly describe they’re relevant interests

9:30-9:45 Fungal Ecology and Growth Cycle

  • Use handout with diagrams to refer to

  • Pass around live spawn, mushrooms, petri dish

9:45-10:15 Make Stropharia Bed

  • Have pre-soaked woodchips ready

10:15-10:45 Talk about fungal roles in restoration, sorption, soil building, compost etc

  • Use handout

10:45-11:15 Tour of lab, autoclave room, fruiting room, sawdust pile

11:15-11:30 Mix spawn into garden bed

  • Apply mycorrhiza spores to root stocks to plant in bed

11:30-12:00 Make mycelium swale

  • Identify contour line to to dig across or channel

  • Dig, add woodchips and spawn

12:00-12:30 Make paper digester bin and pile

12:30-12:45 Mix spawn into compost pile

  • Add colonized paper bin materials to compost pile

  • Ideally a finished pile to demo colonization of finished compost

  • Blewit inoculation of compost pile