A small introduction to how to grow mushrooms.
Mushrooms are such a tasty and healthy addition to any meal, and you’ll be happy to know that they’re also really easy to grow at home! Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, growing mushrooms can be a fun and rewarding hobby.
First, let’s talk about the different types of mushrooms you can grow. Common options include shiitake mushrooms, and oyster mushrooms. Each type has its own unique growing conditions and requirements, so it’s important to do a little research and choose a mushroom that will thrive in your specific conditions.
Once you’ve chosen the type of mushroom you want to grow, you’ll need to prepare your growing substrate. This can be done using a variety of materials such as straw, sawdust, or even coffee grounds. The important thing is to make sure the substrate is sterilized to prevent contamination by other organisms.
Spores, Spawn, Inoculation
Next, you’ll need to inoculate your substrate with mushroom spores or spawn. This can be done by mixing the spores or spawn with the substrate, or by adding it to pre-made mushroom plugs. Different types of mushrooms have different inoculation methods, so make sure to follow the instructions provided with your spores or spawn.
After that, you’ll need to create the right conditions for your mushrooms to grow. This typically involves maintaining a specific temperature and humidity level, as well as providing the right amount of light. Depending on the type of mushroom you’re growing, you may also need to mist the substrate to keep it moist.
As you wait for your mushrooms to grow, keep an eye out for any signs of contamination. This can include discoloration, strange smells, or the presence of other organisms. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent the contamination from spreading.
With the right preparation and care, you can grow a wide variety of delicious mushrooms right in your own home. Mushrooms are like the pets you don’t have to walk or feed. You just have to give them the right environment.
We’ll also be publishing a series of blog with different DIY on how to grow mushrooms… so keep an eye out for those!
- Michael Kuo, Mycologist and author of “100 Edible Mushrooms”
- “How to Grow Mushrooms” by Paul Stamets, Founder of Fungi Perfecti
- “The Mushroom Cultivator” by Paul Stamets and J.S Chilton