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How To Grow Your Own Mushrooms At Home
by Pete McAllister
April 23, 2020

Mushrooms are delicious, nutritious and unfortunately also expensive. When you taste a wild mushroom for the first time, you will have trouble going back to the supermarket for white button mushrooms that don’t taste like much.

But, foraging your own wild mushrooms is a daunting idea. If you don’t know what you are doing, then it can be downright deadly. And judging from this list on Purple Flower, foraging for any kind of plant is not a good idea.

There is a middle ground, however. You can have delicious mushrooms that taste as good as any wild mushroom without the price tag or risk of toxins. You can grow your own at home.

In this article, I will go over several things to keep in mind if you plan to grow your own mushrooms. You can go buy a kit, in which case the instructions will be clear. But, for this article, I will go over how to grow them without buying an expensive kit.

Use the mushroom ends

The way mushrooms grow is that they create a sort of layer of roots under the soil called mycelium. If you want to grow your own mushrooms, then you will essentially be recreating this system yourself.

Without spores, you can use the ends of the mushrooms that you have cut off the store bought ones to do this. Find your favorite mushroom at the supermarket and when you’ve trimmed the ends, make sure to set them aside for later.

This will yield a new crop of mushrooms and you can continue to repeat this process over and over for an endless supply of mushrooms.

Create a straw bed

There are a lot of different mediums you can use to help spread the mycelium to grow mushrooms, but one of the best is hay or straw.

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a moist and sanitized environment for the roots to spread. Begin by boiling the straw to kill any microbes that would kill the mushroom mycelium and to allow the straw to get completely soaked with water.

Start layering

In a box or bucket, add a layer of straw to cover the bottom. Then add your mushroom ends and keep repeating the process until it is full. You don’t need to press down with any pressure but make sure it isn’t too loose, either.

The idea is to keep it damp and if the straw is too loosely packed, there will be too much air in there causing it to dry out.

Cover it up

Once you have your box full, then wrap it in a plastic bag. It needs to completely cover the box and be able to be tied up and sealed. Poke a few holes in there for air flow but not too many so it doesn’t dry.

Keep it in a dark area that stays between 64°F and 75°F for about 2 to 4 weeks while misting it occasionally so it stays moist.

Then, you can start harvesting and enjoy fresh mushroom!

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