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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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Is mushroom cultivation as easy as it’s made out to be?
The answer is yes.
Mushroom growing is very easy if you know exactly what you’re doing, and it’s not difficult to learn the different steps involved in the process.
This is because mushrooms are actually fairly simple organisms that require a very specific set of environmental conditions in which to grow.
If they don’t have this set of conditions, they don’t grow.
On the other hand, the good news is that if they do have that set of conditions, they grow almost without any maintenance at all.
Another bit of good news is that these conditions are easy to achieve. All you really need to grow shrooms is dark and humidity.
You can provide darkness by simply having an enclosed space, and humidity can be provided for by spraying the growing medium in which the mushrooms are planted with a water spray twice a day.
Mushrooms are very productive, and you’ll have a new harvest of mushrooms starting to grow even as you take out the grown ones.
And they’re very nutritious, and well worth the little effort it takes to grow them.
If you’re growing them just to provide the occasional mushroom meal for your family, you needn’t bother to take too much trouble or effort over them.
Simply walk into your local gardening store and buy a complete mushroom kit.
They are also available online, at even more competitive prices, and if you buy these kits online they’ll be delivered right to your doorstep.
These kits really make mushroom growing easy, because they contain just about everything that a person needs to get started with organic gardening.
They usually come in a closed container that can be put up just about anywhere in the house that has the right temperature range.
The container itself provides the mushies with dark, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect of things.
The container will also contain mushroom spawn and a growth medium, and all that you actually have to do with this system is to spray the growth medium regularly – surely not much of a task.
You see how, with a mushroom kit, your mushrooms are virtually guaranteed and they usually come with steps for successful edible mushrooms.
Mushroom growing on a small scale is relatively easy, but if you feel up to the task at some later time, you can try growing mushrooms on a larger scale, perhaps in a shed in the garden or in an outhouse.
But if you’re just starting up and want to get the hang of the very basics of mushroom growing, then one of these starter kits is really your best bet.
How you go about mushroom growing can directly impact how successful (or not) you are at growing them, of course.
If you go into organic mushroom gardening without sufficient information, you may end up with a lot of wasted effort.
On the other hand, if you do a little research (something that’s so easy to do with the internet as available as it is) you can easily make mushroom growing a vast success.
Because the simple fact of the matter is that it’s extremely easy to grow edible mushrooms.
You just have to farm the mushroom right.
While it’s possible to buy mushroom spores, these spores are actually so tiny that they’re microscopic.
This means that they can be quite difficult to handle, at least until you get used to things.
You can also harvest spores from mature mushrooms, simply by cutting the cap off and placing it on a large sheet of paper or on a sheet of glass (spore print).
It is recommended that you always go in for mushroom growing indoors.
Indoor growing greatly reduces the chances that a few wild spores might come to rest in your mushroom beds, and grow up among your safe shrooms.
If the mushrooms that grow from the wild spores turn out to be poisonous, it could cause serious problems for anyone who eats them.
And that’s just one reason why you shouldn’t grow mushrooms outdoors.
Another reason is that the growth medium is so rich that a lot of germs and unhealthy algae and fungi can start to grow in it if it’s left in an open environment.
In a closed environment, things are more controlled, and this means that your mushrooms can be relied upon to not only not be poisonous, but also not to carry any disease producing pathogens (this is where mushroom kits are useful).
Of course, you will wash the mushrooms before cooking them, but considering the growth medium that mushrooms grow in, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
These are just a few tips that you can use to help you with your mushroom growing.