26 May '11, 1pm
How to make a "Blewitt Bomb" and innoculate your compost with prime edible mushrooms (Video)
Permaculturists and mushroom gardeners have long been encouraged to take stem butts—the hard, inedible ends with rhizomes still attached—from harvested mushrooms, and to place them in piles of sawdust or rolled up damp cardboard. (A video of this technique is also included below.) But the Mushroom Mountain guys are trying something a little different here. They're taking those butts from a blewitt—a species that apparently doesn't mind being frozen—and blending them up with water. The resulting slurry is then frozen, and allowed to slowly melt through the compost heap—creating a fungi-rich heap that will break down faster and more completely, and eventually spread blewitts throughout the garden once the compost is used.