Saprophytic fungi can be introduced into any size garden, not only to be able to harvest great mushrooms, but also to help crops grow. Though saprophytes are not obligate symbionts with plants like mycorrhizal fungi are, studies have shown that certain combinations of plants and saprophytes create a larger plant harvest. Examples include Stropharia rugosoannulata with maize and Hypsizygus ulmarius with other vegetables.

The possible combinations are nearly endless, and we want to perform controlled experiments with different mushrooms and crop plants to see which work well together. Some of the methods, depending on the mushroom species, are mixing inoculated straw and/or other compost in with the soil, or burying inoculated logs in a Hügelkultur technique.

Anyone interested can contact us and we can help set up your garden.