Garden: Log Planter & Log Mushrooms

Gardens come in a spectacular variety of types and kinds. From simple vegetable gardens to elaborate displays of grandeur. But what is a garden without the “decorations” that defines the garden. So to make your garden look even more beautiful than it looks now here is what I am bringing to you: make your very own log planter and also how to decorate a log from the garden with mushrooms.

1. Build your very own log planter to save money and add character. Just follow the steps: Depending on your needs and space select a log of appropriate size. A straight cut edge is fine. But if you wish to make corners for framing an area, then cut the ends at 45 degree angles to make square corners. Cut or plane one side flat to act as a sturdy base for the bottom. Mark out the area of the log to remove for the soil medium. Drill a series of holes along your guide line. Then use a chisel to hollow out the core area. Drill a few drainage holes through the bottom. If you chose to stain the wood or treat it with insecticides, It is best to line the inside with a plastic planter tray. But for a more rustic look you may forego those steps and place soil mix directly into the void area. This will eventually encourage moss growth for a very natural effect. And there you have it!! A log planter made by you!!!

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2. Logs are good for more than just flowers. They can be used to grow your own big beautiful mushrooms. Try placing one or more natural hardwood logs (untreated) in a shady area of your garden. Keep moist for a few days by covering with an old blanket and watering frequently to help the wood retain water. Or saturate with water and cover with a sheet of plastic or tarp. Once your logs are deeply moisturized, dust with rice flour to provide extra nutrients. Use a spray bottle to apply a fine mist of water to the surface. Select the variety of mushrooms that you want to grow. “Shiitake” or “white button” mushrooms are great for cooking. Hold the cap (top) of fresh mushroom about six inches from the prepared surface of the log. Use a spoon to tap on the top of the cap. This causes the spores from the inside of the mushroom cap to rain down onto the log. You may not see them as they are very tiny, but they are there. Repeat this process over the top surface of  the rest of your logs. One good sized mushroom is enough to cover about 3 feet of a 16 inch diameter log. Water 1 to 3 times a day by spraying a fine mist over the surface. Water the ground under the logs thoroughly at least once per day. In about a week you will begin to see new baby mushrooms appear. They will continue to grow and reappear throughout the growing season as the new mushrooms will naturally release spores as they mature and produce successive generations.

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