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Chanell, I hopped over here when you mentioned about the laundry basket - and, oh my word, those pictures of the mushrooms growing out from the laundry basket are fantastic!

The spare one I have is yellow, that wouldn't really be suitable, I think ... what I do have is an old wooden bedframe, the headboard and footboard could do much the same job as the laundry basket. Argh! I'm working on fixing my bathroom at the moment, its difficult to find the time to do the garden (and its still not advisable to walk on the grass too much, because its all so sodden).

The other thing I have, in relation to mushrooms, is a four feet long piece of silver birch tree trunk - you're supposed to drill holes into the wood to inoculate it with spawn, and just leave it to do its thing.

I love mushrooms so much :)
 
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All I have is a 4x6 ft balcony which is already loaded with plants.. no place for tree trunks.. I Think if I have the time I would work with the cardboard cartons to grow the mushrooms... I'll have to wait until I get to the new place.
 
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How interesting! I've bookmarked the link, thank you :) I still haven't inoculated that silver birch log I've got - its been so cold here recently, I can't believe it would be a good thing. But doing it inside would be excellent, I think.
 
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How interesting! I've bookmarked the link, thank you :) I still haven't inoculated that silver birch log I've got - its been so cold here recently, I can't believe it would be a good thing. But doing it inside would be excellent, I think.
You are welcome.I haven't been able to get this project going for some reason or the other. I am unable get mushroom spores.. I watched a couple of youtube video and how the home collected spores never really worked. Space is another thing that keeps me off this one. I would really love to start growing mushrooms sometime soon.
 
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You are welcome.I haven't been able to get this project going for some reason or the other. I am unable get mushroom spores.. I watched a couple of youtube video and how the home collected spores never really worked. Space is another thing that keeps me off this one. I would really love to start growing mushrooms sometime soon.

Maddie, I wonder if the reason those home collected spores didn't work is because they weren't collected from organic mushrooms. Most of the food in regular grocery stores has either had contact with pesticides or radiation. It's also possible that the mushrooms have been bred to not reproduce.
 
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A friend of mine just told me he had some success with collecting spawn from supermarket mushrooms ... that really surprises me, I must say - though as ChanellG says, maybe even supermarket mushrooms that are organic *might* be viable.
 
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A friend of mine just told me he had some success with collecting spawn from supermarket mushrooms ... that really surprises me, I must say - though as ChanellG says, maybe even supermarket mushrooms that are organic *might* be viable.
I have been reading online that it works either way,.. I have tried collecting spores from organic mushroom from the supermarket .. doesn't seem to work.. it is s process of trial and error for me right now..I am currently only making half hearted attempts.. as I have very little space for this experiment.

Maddie, I wonder if the reason those home collected spores didn't work is because they weren't collected from organic mushrooms. Most of the food in regular grocery stores has either had contact with pesticides or radiation. It's also possible that the mushrooms have been bred to not reproduce.
You might have a valid point there..I only hope to start a small container so I can have these mushroom wherever I want to have them. Maybe I need some luck here.
 
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I think freshness is a big part of it. The longer foods sit around, the way they are handled after harvesting, all this likely has an effect. Many foods are harvested early and kept under certain conditions for them to be able to travel to market.

@Maddie, the best thing for you might be to try growing mushrooms from a kit.

@Arzosah if you live near a Whole Foods or if you have a farmer's market nearby with locally grown produce, maybe you can try collecting spores from mushrooms purchased there.

Spore collection is challenging enough with ferns. Getting it right with mushrooms likely takes practice and the exact type of soil.
 
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Chanell, have you grown ferns from spores? I have never tried that .. could you tell me how you go about doing that? I am interested .. it would be good to try these little tricks and learn for yourself.
 
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Chanell, have you grown ferns from spores? I have never tried that .. could you tell me how you go about doing that? I am interested .. it would be good to try these little tricks and learn for yourself.

LOL not successfully. You have to keep an eye on the underside of the leaves to be able to do it before the spores disperse. You take a leaf (or is it frond?) and lay it on a piece of white paper spore side down. That goes in a plastic bag, which may need to go into the dark, I can't quite remember... Anyway, you collect the spores much like you do for mushrooms.

You have to use a spray bottle to mist the soil and keep it moist in order to grow them and the container is kept in a plastic bag as well to maintain humidity. That's all I remember.
 
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I will try this out... I have collected spores earlier.. keeping the fronds between sheets of paper. I will try growing them in a container and cover it with soda bottle halves. Let me see if I can raise some plants this way. Thanks for the information. I appreciate that :)
 
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You're quite welcome, Maddie! Be sure to let me know how it goes. Maybe I will be inspired by your success and give it another shot. The problem for me is, something usually comes along and distracts me or takes up my time and then my plants that need careful monitoring end up suffering.
 
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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.
Good luck with mushroom growing.. I envy you.. I wish I could start mine now .. I love mushrooms and have been wanting to grow them myself. Buying the kit isn't as expensive as the shipping cost .. and most sellers won't even ship it to this part of the world where I live.
 
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Chanell, I hopped over here when you mentioned about the laundry basket - and, oh my word, those pictures of the mushrooms growing out from the laundry basket are fantastic!

The spare one I have is yellow, that wouldn't really be suitable, I think ... what I do have is an old wooden bedframe, the headboard and footboard could do much the same job as the laundry basket. Argh! I'm working on fixing my bathroom at the moment, its difficult to find the time to do the garden (and its still not advisable to walk on the grass too much, because its all so sodden).

The other thing I have, in relation to mushrooms, is a four feet long piece of silver birch tree trunk - you're supposed to drill holes into the wood to inoculate it with spawn, and just leave it to do its thing.

I love mushrooms so much :)



Sorry, I guess I missed this before. I think the yellow basket would be okay for really short term use, but I'm not sure how long it takes to get mushrooms. I've been told that when it comes to colored plastic blue leaches the least. If you could find a large wire egg basket that might work, but even one small log would probably do the job.
 
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Good luck with mushroom growing.. I envy you.. I wish I could start mine now .. I love mushrooms and have been wanting to grow them myself. Buying the kit isn't as expensive as the shipping cost .. and most sellers won't even ship it to this part of the world where I live.

Maddie, do you know about Dr. Vandana Shiva and her seed saving project in India? Navdanya is a network spread over 17 states. I'll bet they could help you out with some of the things you want to grow that you have trouble getting seeds for. Here's a link to the web site:
http://www.navdanya.org/
 
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Thanks Chanel, she was the first resource I thought of .. but apparently she works with rural women and the are more concerned with the commonly used food grains and lentils. They is another option the agricultural university here.. but the darned thing is miles away and I really need to drive across the city to get there.. that is like a whole days work.. lol .. I will not give up on this though.. I am looking at other local networks and options. Thanks for thanking the time to provide the information.
 
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You're welcome. It's too bad it's not easier to send this sort of stuff through the mail. I don't even know anyone who is traveling anywhere near you at the moment. I'm sure we'll figure out a way to increase your chances of success. I wonder if there would be any active spores in a dried mushroom...
 

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