Saturday, March 3, 2012

The World of Mushrooms

It's not a secret that I've been wanting to learn how to grow mushrooms at home.  I'm taking a class at The Hort next month to learn all about mushrooms, how to identify them in the wild and how to grow some at home. I am so excited to take this class!  We are going to learn how to innoculate wood with mushroom spores.  I love mushrooms, if I could, I would put it in everything I eat. I can barely contain my excitement. If you are in NYC in April, you can sign up for the class here!
Photo screenshot from TheHort.com

And today, I saw that the Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit is on sale for $16 on Fab.com, 20% off it's regular price.  I've been pining over these mushroom kits for awhile, but cheapskate as I am, I haven't taken the plunge to buying one.  Now that it's on sale, I have a good excuse to try it. The sale can be seen here. The kit grows 1.5 pounds of Oyster mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms are one of my favorites.  I love them simply sauteed with salt and butter. Delicious.  And it grows in recycled coffee grounds which is so sustainable.  I think I can chuck the whole thing in my compost bin when it's finished growing too! So no waste, sweet! (Update: one of readers mentioned that you can continue regrowing the mushroom kit more than once and even use the spores to innoculate a log of wood.  I am sooo going to try that!)
Photo screenshot from Fab.com

6 comments:

  1. Did you know that you can reuse the mix and grow several times? don't toss it out - just cover it with plastic bag and place in dark area for few weeks, then slowly add some water to the top of the mix and it will grow again. or you can place few oak logs and scatter the matter on top of them and let them soak in the spores and have continuesly producing mushroom logs.

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  2. I am learning a bit about growing mushrooms as well! I've really enjoyed the back to the roots kit!
    Can't wait to hear about all that you learn about from that class!

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  3. I bought a mushroom kit last year. It was, quite frankly, crap. One mushroom for £5.99, and it tasted of nothing!

    I've an old dogleg of land that's shaded and damp, so I might drill an old log and have another go, if I get the time!

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  4. Jenny is right! I grew mushrooms from a log kit many years ago - inside the house, no less. They don't produce a ton of mushrooms, but it is pretty fun. I'd love to find a way to grow them on a larger scale. Hope the class is fun!

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  5. When I retire, I'd like to try some projects like this. Have fun with it!

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