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Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop

05/05/2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Learn about the world of fungi cultivation at Slapes Mushroom House.

In this workshop you will learn about various ways to grow your own gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at home; providing you with fresh, nutrient rich and great tasting mushrooms.

Mushrooms can be used in various applications and are great for turning materials from waste streams into food and soil.

During this workshop you will develop sound skills and knowledge that you can apply in residential backyards, hobby farms, schools and community gardens.

You will also learn about the powerful ways in which mushrooms can help our environment through

relationships and bioremediation.

With a high focus on practical application, each student will undertake hands on experience using specialised tools, materials and products and put mushroom cultivation methods into practice. You will also take home some products of the practical activities made on the day and additional supplies to take home and apply your new skills in your own garden. Supplies provided for home use are valued at approximately $110.This unique workshop only has room for 10 participants, so if you’re interested, be sure to reserve your place right away!

 About Me

Wayne Slape is the owner and operator of Slapes Mushrooms House. He has over 10 years experience growing and experimenting with mushrooms. Having experience in landscaping, permaculture design and horticulture Wayne integrates these skills and knowledge with mushroom cultivation to make useful landscapes.

About the Venue

This workshop will take place at the private residence of Slapes Mushroom House, a suburban property not far from Marion shopping centre.

The presentation and theory elements of the workshop will be held under shelter and most practical activities will be held outdoors.

A Seaford line train station and the Marion bus terminal is close by for convenience.

What to Bring

  • Please bring your own lunch.
  • We will be doing gardening activities and may get dirty and wet. Please bring gardening gloves to protect your hands and wear appropriate clothes and foot wear.
  • You will receive course notes but please also bring a notebook and pen.

Tea, Coffee, Cool drinks and snacks will be provided.



Course Schedule

What is a Mushroom:

  1. Biology and life cycle of the mushroom
  2. Ecology of fungi.
  3. Edible Mushroom Varieties and ways to grow them.

Introduction to Myco-remediation:

  1. Ways we can use fungi to clean our waste and repair the environment.
  2.  Activity: Making fermented woodchip bunker spawn.

Gardening with Fungi Activities:

  1. Activity: Cultivation of mushrooms on Logs, Stumps and Totem Poles,
  2. Activity: Inoculate garden patches for vegetable gardens and mulched beds,
  3. Activity: Cold pasteurise straw and make mushroom holey buckets.

Fungi in the home.

  1. Activity: Learn my new method on how to cold pasteurise sawdust for use in recycled containers.
    Watch the mycelium grow through the sawdust on your desk. Great learning experience for children too.
  2. How to make mushroom kit fruiting chambers.


Take Home


Mushroom Log Inoculator kit:


  • 50 Shiitake Dowels
  • 50 Pioppino Dowels
  • Special mushroom dowel drill bit
  • Beeswax
  • Wool Wax Applicator

Blue Oyster Mushroom Holey Bucket:

This bucket will be made in the course
Made from cold pasteurised straw and inoculated with 250 grams of elm oyster grain spawn.

DIY Elm Oyster Mushroom Supplemented Sawdust kit:

This will be made in the course
We will be using empty containers like plastic bottles, plastic bags or cups to make small mushroom farms. We will be making cold pasteurised supplemented sawdust inoculated with 250g of Blue Oyster Mushroom.

Sawdust spawn for inoculating the garden:

King Stropharia sawdust spawn for mulched garden beds or mulched vegetable gardens.
Please note: We are trying to get our King Stropharia strain on sawdust ready in time but if we fail we will use Elm Oyster Sawdust spawn described below.
Elm Oyster mushroom sawdust spawn for use on mulched garden beds, mulched vegetable gardens or to make woodchip bunker spawn.

Perlite for Your Fruiting Chamber:
We will be talking about Shotgun fruiting chambers. We will be providing you with some perlite so you don’t have to buy 100L from a hydroponic shop.


In the event that there are insufficient bookings to or an unforeseen event, this workshop will be rescheduled with option for a full refund.


9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Wayne Slape (Slapes Mushroom House)


Slapes Mushroom House
20 Lincoln Avenue, Warradale, SA 5046
Warradale, 5046 AU
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