In case you’re a mushroom enthusiast, then odds are you’re paying a hefty cost to pick up the fungi that are precious at the regional grocerystore. Since searching mushrooms might be risky business (since Frodo can tell you), many mushroom lovers are currently opting to cultivate their own in the home. It’s not too hard to do, and having a little patience, so you’ll have all the foods you can possibly consume.
Selecting Your Mushrooms
Your mushroom growing prey starts with choosing the forms of mushrooms that you wish to grow. You are able to experiment with a single kind, or be brave and try a number. Some favorite and easy-to-grow varieties consist of white button mushrooms, Shiitakes, and oyster mushrooms.
Most home gardeners start out with a single sort, as the various fungi need different habitats that are growing. White button mushrooms grow composted manure, whilst oyster mushrooms flourish in straw, and Shiitakes typically do best on timber or sawdust.
If your space is limited, start with a single variety and expand in batchesnonetheless, when you have loads of space, feel free to go crazy and try all of them at one time! In the following guide, however, we’ll talk growing button mushrooms, since these will be the most popular among home gardeners.
Starting Your Spawn
Mushrooms develop from spores or spawn that can be bought in a good garden centre. If your regional garden centre doesn’t carry mushroom spawn, there are loads of retailers online who carry a superb selection.
Set up a developing tray that is at least 6 inches deep, and match it with a good mushroom mulch. This may be a mixture of well-rotted things like straw, hay, poultry jumble and cottonseed meal. Most mushroom composts contain sphagnum moss peat for consistency. Even though it’s possible to create your own, it may be easiest to buy some pre-mixed.
Wet down your mulch in order that it’s very moist (but not soggy), then blend on your mushroom spawn. Ensure it’s completely integrated into the compost, then tamp down it well with a board or tray.