I've been a pretty big stick in the mud since I've been back in Washington, mostly just relaxing and working on my Pokemon :)
Joe went ahead and bought himself an early Christmas present: a blue oyster mushroom growing kit from Fungi Perfecti. They're a special variety that grow in cooler temperatures, so they're only sold during the fall and winter. Joe just spritzes them with water 2-3 times a day, and nice big oyster mushrooms are supposed to pop out.
This is the set-up, with the bag of mycelium-inoculated sawdust inside a "humidity tent," aka a plastic bag. I'm glad we finally found a use for that green lamp that you see in the photo; it's supposed to shine light onto a plant, but the primrose I placed under it quickly died. Its perfect for holding up the humidity tent while keeping the bag out of the moat of past spritzing water underneath.
It's been about a week, but we already have little tiny mushrooms peeping out!
Three bunches in all!