Growing Mushrooms at Home for Beginners

Mushrooms are delicious and nutritious. Unfortunately, they can be rather expensive as well, which makes it tough to make them a regular part of your diet. It seems like you spend a small fortune for a little tub of mushrooms at the grocery store that when cooked, end up barely being enough for two people.

Many people opt to go mushroom hunting, which is great if you know exactly what you are looking for and live in an area where edible mushrooms are plentiful. It is no secret mushrooms can be either really good or really deadly. There are over 14,000 different kinds of mushrooms, but less than 300 are actually safe to eat. It is a risk most of us would rather not take, especially when we are feeding our kids. By growing your own mushrooms, you are taking out the guesswork and you don’t have to go traipsing through the forest to find them.

What you Need to Grow Mushrooms

It doesn’t take much to grow mushrooms. You don’t need any fancy tools or a large space. The following list includes the tools you will need to get started.

• Plastic tubs
• Mushroom spores—portobello or the white button are the most common mushrooms grown by the home gardener. The more experienced gardener can experiment with shiitake mushrooms.
• Cow manure/compost
• Spray bottle
• Newspaper

You can buy kits that include everything you need. If you are just starting out, the kits are a good idea. However, you are going to pay more for very basic supplies that you could buy for a fraction of the price of the kit. If you have your own compost heap and/or horses, the only cost you will need to worry about is the tubs (if growing indoors) and spores. With that said, there are plenty of folks who don’t particularly care for composting and manure, which is fine. The kits are the way to go for you. To be honest, they make growing mushrooms a breeze.

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