If you love mushrooms, but can’t or won’t pay for grocery store pricing, you may have wished you could grow mushrooms at home. And I’m here to tell you, you can.
While mushrooms don’t quite fall into the herb catagory, they certainly are eaten regularly with herbs, and are often thought of similarly to herbs. In the sense that they seem different, are perceived as hard to grow, and often mysterious. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact is, with food sources becoming more and more unstable, protein sources becoming more and more expensive, mushrooms are an excellent source of that much-needed substance in our diet plus many other essential nutrients as well.
When you combine the deliciousness of the nutritional value of mushrooms, with ease of growing, you can see why more and more people are getting into personal production.
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What Are Mushrooms?
Classified as a fungus, mushrooms growing conditions are vastly different from your regular garden, which may be why even very experienced gardeners are not sure of how to go about starting their own.
What you don’t need to grow mushrooms:
- sunlight or much of any kind of light, for the most part
- regular dirt
- You don’t even need garden space: a tupperware bin in the closet can grow mushrooms at a steady rate for you.
However, most people want to have a little more space than the closet, so a garden shed, the garage, or even a small corner of the greenhouse, done right, can give you a decent, continuous supply of edible fungus.
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What You Need to Grow Mushrooms
- A few shelves in the back shed, or garage with flat growing containers with lids can give you easy access to watering and harvesting while giving the mushrooms a darker, more cool and stable temperature for growing.
- Or a couple of shallow tupperware bins that can stack in your closet or garage
- Some good manure, because that’s what mushrooms grow best in. Or you can develop your own mushroom grower mix over time as you get used to the needs of your fungus. Don’t worry, you can pick up a couple bags of manure at your nearest garden center.
- Spray bottle for watering.
- Space with nice, even, cool temperatures. This isn’t going to work if the temperatures are fluctuating between freezing at night and hot during the day.
Of course, there’s a little more to it than this, but my point is you don’t need much equipment to get started and keep the whole process going.
What Types of Mushrooms Can You Grow?
These are just a few of the types of mushrooms you might like for home use. Of course, there are many more.
- Oyster Mushrooms
- Shittake Mushrooms
- Elm Oyster
- Blue Oyster
- Pink Oyster
- White Oyster
There’s a few tips and tricks that will help you get set up, and the production going. These are not all going to fit onto this page, so might I suggest my 7 days of emails, Grow Mushrooms at Home.
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