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About five years ago, I went to a seminar at Shawnee SP near Bedford on wild mushrooms. We inoculated logs by drilling alot of holes in the log a packing in spore.

I put it under the porch and checked in for a couple of years and found nothing. Then this week I noticed there was five nice mushrooms growing out of five holes.

I would like to know if anyone was there and might remember what was used to inoculate the logs. I assume it was an edible mushroom but wonder if it is possible it took so long for them to grow. Is it possible that they are something else that took over the log.

I cant find the mushroom in my guide but the look exactly like shitake only larger.

Is there some way I can use this log to to get more logs to produce. I have a lot of old poplar logs and am thinking of cuts the inoculated log up and placing them in a pile of old logs.
 

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If left to grow shiitake mushrooms can get fairly large. The best way to get more mushrooms is to buy spawn and innoculate new logs. New logs work better than old dead logs. Oak is excellent for shiitake. The poplar probably will work but the logs won't last as long as oak.
 

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My guess is Shitake, as they are quite popular in kits for folks that want to innoculate logs. Just confirm it.
 

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I would guess shiitake as I have some experience inoculating logs and some take a while to fruit. Oak is ideal and will last a long time. I have also used black birch and maple. Do not use willow, locust or walnut. I have attached a photo from one of my logs for comparison only.

 
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