The mushroom post made me want to ask

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Offline cheryl j

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The mushroom post made me want to ask
« on: 23/05/2012 01:24:27 »
why cant I grow my own morels or shitake mushrooms like garden herbs. I know I couldnt grow them on my window sill, but assuming I had the right light conditions and humidity, essential nutrients, why couldnt I do it, or rather, why have I never heard of anyone doing it? And why are those silly morels so hard to find?

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Re: The mushroom post made me want to ask
« Reply #1 on: 23/05/2012 02:08:26 »
Some mushrooms have a symbiotic relationship with plants, e.g. to grow truffles you need trees.

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Re: The mushroom post made me want to ask
« Reply #2 on: 23/05/2012 11:45:45 »
A while back I saw a link to a company who were selling kits for growing your own mushrooms which was basically a small cardboard box containing used coffee grounds and mushroom spores! Because the coffee grounds are high in nitrogen they are a good medium for fungus to germinate. All one had to do was open the perforated flap and, exposed to light, the mushrooms would begin to grow.

Here's a non-commercial (C.I.C. company) link describing the kind of process:
how-do-we-turn-waste-coffee-into-gourmet-mushrooms


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Re: The mushroom post made me want to ask
« Reply #4 on: 03/06/2012 05:46:43 »
Last year I bought a chipper/shredder.  I ended up with a couple of piles of mixed wood chips (rather fine). 

I noticed this spring that I have mushrooms volunteering all over the piles.  Unfortunately I'm not too good with types of wild mushrooms so I haven't eaten them.  But, you might try a bed of decomposing chips, perhaps some moss.