No, we buy dried ones from Oregon for winter use. First year in awhile, but we have eaten all we wanted every day for a week now...LOL Now that the sponge are coming up, we are going to mark them and pick after watching them grow.
There are 2 different kinds that look like this. One has a hollow stem and one does not. The hollow is supposedly edible, but I am not going to risk it. I did find out the ones on our farm are the edible type......but not for me.
I have half a plastic bag full of trimmings and half rotted tops. I broke everything up really fine. Headed out shortly to rake them into a rotted log on one of my south facing oak slopes. I have a couple really great spots of them to start if this will work.
I'll be curious to see if that experiment works. Last year I tried an experiment where I took some wood ash and spread it around were I've had them pop up in the past, the idea being to simulate a forest fire. Didn't work...
There are some youtube videos of people having good success with making a slurry. I'd like to try it someday.
Picked a spot on a south facing slope at the base of a quadruple trunked black oak that has a rotting stump in the middle. Mix of oaks, maple, elm, and cherry on this hillside, with lots of decay. Little more red clay than I wanted, but that's this property. It "feels" like morel territory here. I have another spot that I'll do the same with soon.
Basically picked my spot, cleared it, mixed in 5 gallons of firepit ash/dirt, mixed well, topped, and mixed again. Then covered with leaves. I'll probably add another couple buckets of soil throughout the year. We'll see what happens.
In the fall of 2018 my mom bought me some morel spores for my birthday. In the Spring of 2019 I took the kids old sandbox and converted it into my worm and morel mushroom box. I went to Lowe’s and bought a few bags of sand, manure, topsoil, hardwood mulch, and peat. I added some old rotten apple wood pieces, sprinkled my spores, and turned it all over. So far no morels but the directions did say it takes 3-4 years to produce. We shall see. In the meantime my squirrels love to bury their hickory nuts in there. I keep it juiced with rotting apple logs and decaying elm bark. Maybe next year.