Posts Tagged ‘Edible Mushroom Cultivation’

Edible Mushroom Cultivation At Home

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The technology of edible mushroom cultivation at home provides us with numerous options to choose from. Some people choose to use logs as the carrier material, others use containers, and even some use large plastic bags with straw and compost.

When deciding on the way that would fit you best, simply answer a few questions. Do you want to grow a small amount of extremely fragrant fungi, and don’t care that it will take longer? If yes, then use a log. Do you want to cultivate a small amount of fungi that are less fragrant, but that will cultivate quicker? Then use a container. Do you want to grow large amounts of fragrant and delicious fungi fast? If yes, then use large plastic bags filled with compost and straw.

The entire process of cultivation is easy and enjoyable. The carrier material needs to be inoculated with mycelia. Next, it needs to be placed at a certain temperature anywhere on your premises (including indoors), and watered as required. It also needs to be kept away from direct sunlight. As you can see, the process is easy and the possibilities can fit anyone’s preferences and needs.

There are also small kits that come with everything that you need, including inoculated compost or logs. However, these are probably best used for educational purposes, as growing mushrooms with their use would turn out to be quite costly. It could actually be comparable to purchasing fresh fungi at a store. People, who are interested in obtaining larger fruiting at a lower cost, may consider it useful to use a good guide on the methods and techniques of edible mushroom cultivation at home.

By Andrew Stams

Edible Mushroom Cultivation for Home Conditions

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Edible mushroom cultivation can become an excellent hobby. You and your children will have a lot of fun setting up a place for the fungi to grow (container, log), and then watching them appear one after another. Today, there are several types of edible mushrooms that can be cultivated at home. These include: Enoki, Shiitake, and Oyster mushrooms. The first two names make it easy to tell where these originated from – they came to us from Asia (China, Thailand). However, they can perfectly grow far outside their natural habitat, such as in any country and any home at room temperature.

There are excellent books and guides that can teach you how to cultivate any of the aforementioned species, and many others. All you need is mycelium (a white mold from which the mushrooms grow), and a log or composted manure. The compost or the log need to be inoculated with mycelia, kept moist, and placed at a certain temperature for a few weeks. The mushrooms will start to appear, either individually or in clusters. When the capacity of mycelium exhausts itself, you will need to dispose of it. If it’s compost, you can use it in your garden as fertilizer, or mix it in your compost pile.

When it comes to edible mushroom cultivation, there is one important aspect to note. Mushrooms produce spores for reproduction, and these can travel through the air carried by the wind. The spores are harmless to humans, unless you are allergic to them. What you need to protect from these, are your furniture, walls, and floors. Simply place a sheet of paper under the planter box or log, and keep it away from walls and furniture.

By Andrew Stams