If you want to start growing mushrooms then you should consider working with one of the easiest mushrooms to grow to begin with, and I’m sharing those today
- Shiitake mushroom grow kit
- Other mushroom grow kits
- Oyster mushrooms on toilet paper
- Wine cap on wood chips
- Shiitake on logs
The range of difficulty in cultivating mushrooms is massive, the learning curve can be steep, and sometimes there is an excessive amount of information out there.
This post walks you through easy mushrooms to grow and information you should know before embarking on the journey of growing your own mushrooms! I will come out and say it: the easiest mushrooms to grow are from our grow kits. These kits are ready to fruit and have all of the hard work done by the professionals at our farm. To grow these, simply cut holes in the plastic and allow the mushrooms to fruit. With shiitake the plastic is completely removed and the mushrooms fruit all over the block.
The shiitake blocks even fruit great just placed outside. The image below depicts a “graveyard” for blocks after they were used in our commercial production. This is just after a heavy rainstorm. We picked over 200 pounds from this fruiting of mushrooms!
The blocks will continue to fruit over and over again before they run out of food to consume. Other grow kits are very easy to grow as well, like oyster and lion’s mane. They take a little more care and sometimes don’t fruit quite as abundantly.
Easiest mushrooms to grow: Oyster no problemo!
Oyster mushrooms are a very easy mushroom to grow with a wide range of techniques. Growing oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds or toilet paper is a great way to start out. If you are growing on coffee grounds it is good to use 50% sawdust and 50% coffee grounds for the substrate. This increases aeration and allows the mycelium plenty of room to breathe as it grows. The toilet paper method as shown in the video below is EZ Breezy too.
Wine cap mushrooms are also easy mushrooms to grow
Check out this post for a full description of growing wine caps. This is a very straight forward process that takes about 6 months with little to no work after adding the spawn. The most important thing is to start with FRESH HARDWOOD wood chips and high-quality wine cap spawn. Otherwise selecting a somewhat shady area and relaxing as the mycelium grows is all you need to do to grow this mushroom. IN September and May you also need to be ready to harvest these mushrooms as the window to pick them is about 2 days!
Growing shiitakes on logs is another easy option for you
Shiitakes on logs have been the primary method of back yard cultivation since the 70’s. Many homesteaders and commercial growers have turned to this method of cultivation and continue to hone the systems, strains, and ideas around this cultivation method. For a step-by-step guide to growing shiitakes on logs visit this page. This method is a little intensive at the beginning, requiring you to source fresh hardwood logs, drill holes, fill them with plug spawn and then wax over. After doing this initial process you just let the mycelium work its magic and wait for about 14 months until the mushrooms are ready to fruit!