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Do you grow mushrooms? I love mushrooms and they are pretty expensive here. I would be happy to know how hard or easy they are to grow. What does it take to grow them?.. wanna share you knowledge anyone... in the meanwhile I am going to check out for some articles on Google.
 
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What I read on Google makes me think it is difficult to control temperature and stuff. I think there are easier ways to cultivate mushrooms and it takes just about five days to a week to get some delicious mushrooms on your table. I am going to explore further and find if I can get help locally. Mushrooms are full of protein and great for health. They are tasty too.
 
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Mushrooms grow from spores. Whole Foods sells a kit that you can grow your own from. I keep looking at it, but mushrooms are a little tricky, at least that's how they always seemed to me from what I read in the past. Here's the kit I was talking about.
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Found another one here:
http://www.mushroomgrowingkits.biz/

Here's a DIY link, I just might try this!
http://www.ehow.com/how_7179707_build-own-mushroom-growing-kit.html
 
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Chanell, I just found something locally. Maybe I will check it out as soon as I can, if it calls for temperature control and installation of gadgets I may not opt for it. This place is about 30 miles from where I live so it may be a days trip ... Thanks a ton.
 
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You do need to monitor the temperature, but they grow practically in the dark so once you get the spores going I think you just have to maintain moisture.

One site said the mushroom spawn could only be collected in a sterile environment, but I found a DIY link that tells how to do it yourself without a kit.

http://www.ehow.com/how_7179707_build-own-mushroom-growing-kit.html
 
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That does sound like a easy to do project.. I should have read this before I went shopping today... now I may have to wait until the next weekend to get mushrooms.. In the meanwhile I will get all that I need to get started on my project.. thanks for that link Chanell...
 
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You're welcome! Let me know how it turns out; I'd like to try growing them myself as soon as I figure out a good spot to maintain the conditions they need.
 
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I think these mushrooms are the easiest to grow once we get the lighting and the temperature right... you can have a crop every seven days.. and such healthy quick to cook yummy stuff..
 
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I know! Remember that link I posted for growing food from scraps? My aunt was cutting up seasoning yesterday for holiday cooking and I salvaged the bottom of a celery and two scallions! Oh, and I have another growing idea for you; will post soon.
 
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Maddie, look what I found!

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This one is from a Pinterest board:
http://pinterest.com/leliaa/gardening/

Chanell, did I tell you that you are a real sweetheart? Wow.. I am inspired.. LoL my husband will get his ears full until he helps e get some sterile potting material for the mushrooms.. I will go get some mushrooms today and get the spores ready.. I am so excited..but getting hay is going to be another issue.. I may have to do without it.. :D :D :D
 
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Maddie, it's my pleasure! BTW, did you know you can sterilize your own soil by covering it with black plastic and sitting it in the sun? I think there's another way as well, which requires heating. But if you're using compost I don't think you need to sterilize.

In that spent mushroom compost thread one of the guys mentioned that the sterile stuff won't produce mushrooms. Of course that was spent mushroom compost though.
 
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Maddie, it's my pleasure! BRW, did you know you can sterilize your own soil by covering it with black plastic and sitting it in the sun? I think there's another way as well, which requires heating. But if you're using compost I don't think you need to sterilize.
In that spent mushroom compost thread one of the guys mentioned that the sterile stuff won't produce mushrooms. Of course that was spent mushroom compost though.
I did know about the heating system to sterilize soil, but never heard of covering with plastic and sitting it in the sun. I need to google it up... Thanks for mentioning that.. there is so much happening on the home front that my focus is all over the place... Our new house may be needing a lot of work and attention soon.. So i may have to put off all new gardening projects until we settle in there.
 
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Maddie, the only thing about covering the soil with plastic (usually done on the ground over a large area before you plant) is that it takes several weeks from what I remember. I think you can also "bake" soil to sterilize it in something like a smoker type barbecue grill.
 
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Maddie, the only thing about covering the soil with plastic (usually done on the ground over a large area before you plant) is that it takes several weeks from what I remember. I think you can also "bake" soil to sterilize it in something like a smoker type barbecue grill.
Yeah I read about baking soil to sterilize it... I also checked on the availability and price of sterile soil here and it seems like that is going to be pretty expensive.. I must find a way to do this myself, If I want to start the project... I may have to wait for the weather to grow a little more warmer.. before I even try this... It gets really warm in February and then it is summer for major part of the year here..
 
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I have been reading about solar ovens. I saw a link to a science experiment article where you could make one from a pizza box. It was really simple, and I bet if you did something like that you could use it to sterilize soil yourself.

I think the reason some mushroom growing articles suggest sterile soil is so that you know there are no diseases in the soil. If you have had good results with whatever soil you have been using up til now, it's probably safe for the mushrooms.
 
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Thank you for this post. I purchased a "spore kit" from ebay. I expected to get the entire kit, spores, medium and bag. I only got the spores. The basket idea will work really well.
 
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Oh boy, now I'm going to have to go to all the links that were posted and see what I can rig up because I LOVE mushrooms and would love to have a rotating crop so I could have fresh ones whenever I wanted. That would be so wonderful. I love when I can just pick and eat my food. :)
 
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Thank you for this post. I purchased a "spore kit" from ebay. I expected to get the entire kit, spores, medium and bag. I only got the spores. The basket idea will work really well.

Oh boy, now I'm going to have to go to all the links that were posted and see what I can rig up because I LOVE mushrooms and would love to have a rotating crop so I could have fresh ones whenever I wanted. That would be so wonderful. I love when I can just pick and eat my food. :)
We posted some other links in the Useful garden tips thread. In fact, that is what Maddie started it for so we could
share links that had to do with the stuff we had been discussing on the forum. You can find that thread here: https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/useful-gardening-tips.264/#post-3299

There may be some overlap with the mushroom links, but there's a lot of other stuff in there also. (Add some if you want!)
 

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