How to start your very own Garden Giant Mushroom Patch!

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We bought a mushroom growing kit from Fungi Perfecti which included The Garden Giant Mushroom Patch, The Elm Oyster Mushroom Patch, and The Shitake Mushroom Plugs.

This Instructable will talk about how to pick out a good location for your mushroom patch and what are the necessary steps needed to start it. This mushroom kit is easy to start and anyone can do it!
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
- 12 gallons to a truckload of woodchips (we used about 4 wheelbarrows)
- One Garden Giant Mushroom Patch Kit
- Purchasable from
- Access to an abundance of water - you must water your patch for 10 minutes after you're done preparing it
- Tools
- A metal rake to spread the woodchips
- A shovel to scoop the woodchips

Step 2: Picking out a spot

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The place where you put your Garden Giant Mushroom Patch should be:

1.) Not exposed to direct sunlight
2.) Not windy
3.) Naturally humid
4.) Has a ready access to water
5.) Has an abundant supply of non-aromatic, diciduous and/ or conifer chips
6.) Is frequently visited - So you don't forget about it!

We picked out a place that was secluded, shady, and very moist.

Step 3: Clearing and preparing your bed

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Once you found yourself a nice place to plant your Garden Giant Mushroom Patch, use a nice and sturdy metal rake to clear it of any unwanted undecomposed organic debris such as twigs, straw, uncomposted yard waste, etc. We lined our bed with rotten logs do distinguish a nice border.

Then, go ahead and dump a 1-2 inch layer of moistened wood chips on your bed.

Step 4: Adding the inoculated woodchips

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On top of the 1-2 inch layer of moistened woodchips, add your bag of inoculated woodchips and spread them around.

Then, cover the inoculated woodchips with another 1-2 inch layer of moistened woodchips and mix the three layers vigorously.
tim_n3 years ago
Brenpat, have you looked again since posting the instructable? Last comment was in 2010, a friend of mine did similar things and found them a year or so later.
Brenpat (author)  tim_n3 years ago
I'll take another look now to see if they'll surprise me.
tim_n Brenpat3 years ago
I doubt they'd do anything this time of year unless it's autumn/fall in your part of the world!
would it be too late to right now in Minnesota to start the bed do you think?
Brenpat (author)  robborobborobbo4 years ago
Sorry bout the late reply but honestly i'm not too sure, as i might've said earlier these beds were a huge failure and we will try again some other time.
jokerlz5 years ago
 Wow I had always assumed there was not much room (mushroom) for error when growing mushrooms. From the joke in my previous scentence you can see that I'm a fun guy (fungi)

seandogue5 years ago
Cool...what fun that is,...when I was ten or eleven, I got a button mushroom farm (a flat with pre "seeded" soil) at Christmas and really enjoyed growing them and of course, sautee-ing them once they came up...yum!.
lemonie5 years ago
Any badgers in your neighbourhood?

Badgers!?!? We don't need no steenking badgers! (sorry) Hey Brenpat, are you in the US? If so, do you know what USDA agricultrual zone you're in? We tried one of those mushrom blocks once but we're in zone 8 and that seems to be too hot.
Brenpat (author)  Scubabubba5 years ago
Sorry for the late reply. And if it means anything to you, i'm in zone 5b. But our mushrooms still haven't shown and this my first time growing mushrooms. So I don't know if being in this zone will affect my mushroom patch in any way. Go to for more information because thats where i bought my kit.
i dont know what zone im in but i get tone,s of unkown and known mushrooms under my pine tree but i think u need places that rain often like where i live and and that are humid while it rains and not so dry thing with the mushrooms like wood chips ps that kid on the box was holding a huge mushroom.
strmrnnr5 years ago
Are these shrooms able to come back every year, or do you have to redo the patch every year if you want more?
Brenpat (author)  strmrnnr5 years ago
I'm no expert but my intention/hope is that if you leave some mushrooms every year, they should grow back because of the underground network of mycelium. But what could happen is that all the nutrients in the woodchips and soil might get used up which would ultimately kill off all the remaining mushrooms.

As i said i'm no expert so for more information check out the website where we bought the mushroom kit in the first place:
zascecs5 years ago
Cool. Mushrooms are cool.
That was really random.
5 stars (Mushrooms are awsome!)
Brenpat (author)  zascecs5 years ago
Thanks XD
austin5 years ago
any pictures of the bed once the mushrooms have grown?
Brenpat (author)  austin5 years ago
We will, we just planted this bed and when mushrooms start to show, we'll update this instructable with the pictures.