The Log Method.

    • 1

      Cut a log from a hardwood species of tree, such as an oak or maple tree. Your  log should measure 40 inches in length and be approximately 3 to 6 inches in  diameter. You can purchase a hardwood log rather than cutting your own, but be  sure the log has been freshly cut and lacks any signs of  decay.

    • 2

      Soak the log in water for 24 hours. The water penetrates the log, giving it  the moisture it needs to promote the growth of your reishi mushroom spores.  Allow the log two to three days to partially dry out.

    • 3

      Dig a hole measuring the same length as your log, but only half as deep as  its diameter. Place the log in the hole. The top half of the log should be  visible above ground while the bottom half should be buried beneath the surface.  This allows your log to absorb moisture from the soil.

    • 4

      Fit a 5/16-inch drill bit onto your power drill. Beginning 2 inches from the  end of the log, drill 1-inch deep holes at 6-inch intervals. Stop the row of  holes 2 inches from the other end of the log. If you drill more than one row of  holes, leave at least 2 inches of space between each row.

    • 5

      Place your reishi mushroom spore plugs into the holes. Tap the spore plugs  with a mallet until each plug lies flush with the bark.

    • 6

      Melt the cheese wax. Use a sponge to dab the hot cheese wax over the top of  each spore plug. The wax further seals in moisture.

    • 7

      Water the log often enough to keep it moist. Watering times vary greatly  depending on your climate and the location of your log. The log will begin  producing reishi mushrooms in six months to two  years.Trim and Bead Machines, Circle Shears, Hydraulic  PressesThe highest quality Immune Boosters available in the world  today.

    • The photograph on the right shows Reishi mushroom dowel plugs which can be purchased off e-bay (just type in Reishi) or contact  sales@epogee.co.uk by email as they also supply cultivation kits.

Tips &  Warnings

  • If your log doesn’t receive enough shade, covering it with a plastic tarp  will help shield it from the sun and prevent moisture from evaporating.
  • Eating reishi mushrooms in excess can cause nausea, nosebleeds and dizziness.

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