This time of year, gardening is all about waiting. While waiting for things to sprout and for the weather to warm up a bit, it’s easy to get tired of seedlings and compost. So I spent my Sunday afternoon doing something different, preparing to grow shiitake mushrooms.

Shiitake mushrooms are a delicious addition to almost any dish. Hailing from the Far East, they bring with them a laundry list of health benefits. They’re scientifically proven to be anti-viral, immune-boosting, cholesterol-lowering, and cancer-fighting. To top it all off, they’re easy to grow in a home garden.