I want to learn to identify and forage for mushrooms and possibly propagate my own, but currently, on a knowledge scale of 0-10 about mushrooms, I rate about a -1. Someone suggested I learn how mushrooms "work" by raising a mushroom log, so here is my current attempt. We are on Day 2 of a shitake mushroom log. I did not learn until AFTER I received the log (via mail order) that shitakes don't like the heat (as we hit about the tenth day of 95+F heat), so I have the A/C going in my bedroom just to keep the log happy. I am thinking foraging doesn't work this way. I don't have wild Shitake around here, but I am hoping that some of those monsters I find in my planters are edible and can be encouraged. Unfortunately, the weather around here is very hot and dry this time of year, so the likelihood of finding anything in the wild is pretty slim, and I don't know how much time/research it would take for me to feel comfortable trying to eat any fungus that I found. But we all have to start somewhere, I guess. I soaked my mushroom log (as per enclosed instructions) for 2 hours, and I currently have it in an old Sterilite container that used to house Armadillium vulgare (aka pill bugs), so it has ventilation. I have an old reptile fogger running to keep the log moist but the lid askew a bit to keep air moving through. The whole contraption is sitting near a window that gets diffuse light all day, a bit brighter in the afternoon. Now we wait.... If any of you are veteran mushroom wranglers, and you can give me any advice for success, I am all ears!