Learning how to grow mushrooms at home may sound complicated at first, but the steps are not all that hard to learn. The good news is that once you have seen how the process works, it can get quite simple to do. Once you have the basics mastered, in only a short period of time not only can you be farming fresh, organic mushrooms for yourself, family and friends, you could even be harvesting enough of a surplus to sell for some handy pocket money.
For a person who is just starting out, the easiest way is to get a mushroom starter kit that you can order online. What these kits contain is a container for growing the mushrooms in, as well as a growth medium, which is like the soil that they grow in. Finally, of course, there are the spores or spawn that the little fungi actually grow from.
Locating where you place the growing container takes a bit of thought because the box should be kept closed in a room that does not have any drafty winds blowing through it. Once you get going, you keep them watered by misting with a water spray.
When you buy the spores, you may have a choice of whether to select flakes or bricks. If you are ambitious, you could get one of each and see which one works out best for you. The difference is that with bricks, you have to break them apart into chunks that measure about one inch or 2.5 centimeters in size. Next you poke holes into your growing medium that are about one or two inches deep and spaced about six inches apart. Place the little chunks of the brick into the holes.
How to plant
If you are starting with flakes, they simply can be mixed directly into the growth medium. The typical distribution would be along the lines of one quart of flakes spread out over fifteen square feet of the growth medium, starting with an even coverage and then mixing it all up well so that you cannot see any of the flakes on top of the medium.
The next step is the same whether you have gone the flakes or chunks route, and that is the watering process. On a regular basis you want to moisten by spraying water in a mist over the medium. You also have to keep it all in the dark.
Before long, the spawn will start sending out mycelia, which are sort of like the kind of roots that fungi have. After that happens, your home grown mushrooms will really start taking off, and you will probably begin to see the mycelia having formed a complex web.
Raising the temperature
After you see the intricate web of mycelia forming, it is time to start raising the temperature just a fit at a time until it gets up to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 Celsius. This will nudge your little ‘shrooms into growing.
You need to keep up with the watering every day and you will most likely be able to see real mushrooms in just a few weeks. Once that happens, it is time to stop watering. After the mushrooms come out you should not water any more until after the harvest has been complete.
Harvesting your mushrooms
It’s up to you whether you do the picking sooner, when they are quite small, or later after they have matured. Either way, you should slice them off with a sharp knife blade. Next, before too long, you will see more mushrooms growing up where the first ones had been.
Starting with the right plan
After reading how simple and easy it can be to grow your own mushrooms at home, what we recommend for the next step is to get a really good guide book such as “Mushroom Growing 4 You.” It truly will save you time and money in the long run. Especially if you want to make sure you are growing healthy, organic mushrooms that do not have any harmful pesticides.
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“I’ve read countless manuals and books about mushroom growing before but yours is the only one which made me feel confident that I could actually grow mushrooms. All the other guides I’ve read were full of technical jargon and often advocated the use of expensive equipment, which doesn’t really make sense if one is only trying to grow on a home-scale level. Thankfully, your guide is written in plain English and it made it extremely easy for me to get started and grow mushrooms successfully.”
– Ute Fritch