Most people have never thought about growing their own mushrooms, which is a huge shame. It's true that some species can be a little tricky to grow, but once you learn a few basic requirements, it is feasible to grow all the mushrooms you can eat.
Each type of mushroom has specific "ideal" requirements for temperature, humidity, light, and nutrition. Some grow in soil, others on compost piles, logs, trees - the list is endless. However, for the beginner, we recommend oyster mushrooms. Get your feet wet with this most forgiving mushroom and you'll definitely want to advance into the realm of others like Shitake, Paddy Straw, Garden Giant, and more.
Growing oyster mushrooms in a laundry basket is easy, cheap and it's a great project to do with kids. They'll enjoy watching the quick growth of the fruiting bodies as well as the rewards of eating them after harvest.
Check out step 9 for our favorite recipe with mushrooms - Italian Braised Rabbit. It's a delicious, nutritious meal, for which we grow all the ingredients needed (except olive oil, salt and pepper) here on our homestead.
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Step 1: Materials Needed
- Oyster Mushroom Spawn
- Large Pot
- Ice chest (it cleans up easily afterwards)
- Chopped Straw
- Agricultural Lime
- Agricultural Gypsum
- Laundry Basket (we use ones that are 15" squares, 10" tall, which we found for $1 each)
- Medium Trash Bag
WARNING: do not gather wild mushrooms (to clone) or their spawn, unless you can provide a 100% positive identification. Instead of collecting from the wild, a better strategy for beginners is buying spawn for species you are interested in.