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Just how much time should it take you to harvest mushrooms from your mushroom garden. Well, if you like large shrooms, these can take up to three months to mature fully. This means that if you want to have a mushroom meal regularly, you’re going to have to use a little strategy. The first strategy, of course, is to plant a great many mushies. The second strategy is to plant the spore or spawn in different areas of your mushroom beds at different times. Since the mushrooms in your mushroom beds will be sprouting and maturing at different times, you can be assured of a supply of mushrooms all through the month.
When you first plant your mushrooms, whether you use spores or the more manageable spawn that is sold these days, you’re going to have to keep your mushroom beds wet for about three weeks, and the temperatures stable around about fifty five degrees Fahrenheit or so. This stable temperature and the moisture is what encourages the mushrooms to bud. After about two weeks or so, you’ll see a delicate white net meshed over the growth medium. This net consists of mycelia, and is the root system that each mushroom growing puts out, though the mushrooms themselves will not be in evidence yet.
Nevertheless, nutrients are moving inwards, and the spores are growing into budding mushrooms, which will become visible to you about three weeks from planting the spores or spawn. Of course these mushrooms will be too small to consume, but once they appear, the growing process is well on track. Then it’s only a question of keeping them growing. To do this, you need to keep out all draughts, and also cut down on the moisture a little. Watering the mushroom beds is all important in the first stages, and this needs to be done at least twice a day, but once the mushrooms actually start to appear, this can be cut down to misting once or twice daily.
The mushrooms will take their nutrients directly from the nutrient-rich growth medium, and only need some gentle misting to prevent them from drying out. And that’s all that you really need to do, to maintain the environment, and your organic mushrooms will grow. Keep the temperature in a steady range, don’t let light touch your mushrooms, and keep out the draughts. As you can see, mushroom gardening can be so simple.
If you have some spare space in a shed or even in your cellar or garage, you can utilize it for growing mushrooms, which are tasty, nutritious and a great source of organic protein. Remember that food that you grow yourself will always be guaranteed to be free of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, as well as of all the subtle array of bio-chemicals that commercial food providing company’s today use to maximize yields. If you’re at all conscious of the food you eat, and if you want it to be healthful, then you could do worse than growing your own food.
Growing your own food ensures that not only will the food be healthful, but also that you can maximize yields by providing the best possible growth environment for the food you’re growing. This is especially true with mushrooms. If you go in for mushroom cultivation and get the growth environment right, you can have enormous yields like it were magic. Of course you can go in for commercial growth medium, but these things are best created yourself. And it’s not difficult. So if you want to get started with mushroom gardening, what would you need?
Well, first of all, to best use the area you have available, I would suggest that you get yourself some shelving. This can also be made oneself. Then you need a large number of flat trays in which you will actually plant the mushrooms. Of course the length and width of these trays will be based upon the space you have available, and the size of tray that will best make use of that space, but as a general rule, don’t purchase any tray that might potentially be too hard to lift. The trays should also be four inches deep, more or less. See if you can get a good deal on a larger number of trays at your usual gardening store – trays like these are often used for seedlings. Also, dollar stores can have useful trays available if you are willing to get creative.
Once you have your trays, fill them with growth mixture and add in mushroom spore or spawn flakes, which are easily available on the internet. Water the medium carefully and cover to keep humidity in, and the mushrooms will start putting out their mycelia, which is a sort of fungal root. Once this happens, keep watering at least twice a day but don’t let it puddle, preferably with a mist-spray, until the young shrooms start to appear (pinning). Once you reach this point, you need to stop watering and uncover, and place the tray in your grow chamber so the the mushrooms mature. Once they reach the size that you need, you can harvest them. This is all you need to know to go in for edible mushroom farming. From here you can make spore prints, eat for a delicious dinner, and clone the mushies with your favorite characteristics.
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