We can help if you’re wondering how to grow your own mushrooms. This article shares a myriad of ways to grow mushrooms inside and out
The interest in how to grow your own mushrooms continuously grows as more people experience the vast array of edible, gourmet mushrooms.
It makes a lot of sense because mushrooms are nutritious and easier to grow than many vegetables and livestock. Mushrooms can be grown outside throughout the warmer weather, but they can also be cultivated inside, all year long. Today we are looking at some ways of growing mushrooms.
How to grow your own mushrooms outside with logs and grain spawn
Growing mushrooms on logs: You’re in luck if your yard has a lot of shade because you can still grow a mushroom garden with the help of log cultivation practices.
To begin, you will need your logs and sawdust or plug spawn. You can read all about the process of inoculating logs in this article on our website.
As the article mentions, it is important to use fresh relatively-fresh logs for inoculation. Old logs may already have its own fungus growing within it, making it harder for the cultivation of our mycelium.
Once the mushroom logs are inoculated, they will be stored in a shaded area, preferably one that will resemble a natural setting. It is ideal when it is close to a watering source so they can be kept properly moist.
Growing mushrooms outside with wood chips: To begin, order your mushroom spawn from us. Wine cap mushroom is a great option for growing mushrooms outside in garden paths or walkways. The best times of the year to make wine cap mushroom beds for your garden is in the beginning of the spring, or in the fall about 30-45 days from the first frost. You can also make the bed in the summer, however, you will need to make sure that the bed does not dry out in hot temperatures.
If you do decide to use wine cap mushrooms, each five pound bag of wine cap spawn, also known as Stropharia, can inoculate a 10’ x 10’ area of freshly-cut hardwood wood chips.
If you are in need of hardwood wood chips, you may be able to get them from local municipalities, tree care companies, or lumber mills. About a yard of hardwood wood chips is a good amount to start with.
Look for a partial sunlit to full shade area when you go to lay down your wine cap spawn. Start by putting down a layer of cardboard. Then cover the cardboard with a couple of inches of hardwood wood chips. Once the wood chips are down, sprinkle your mushroom spawn on top. Then add another layer of wood chips to be covered with more mushroom spawn. Continue this process until you have used all of the spawn and wood chips as you’d like. Cover your mushroom bed with cardboard when you’re finished layering the wood chips and spawn. Finally, spray the area with a hose once you have covered the bed with the last pieces of cardboard.
Continue to spray the mushroom bed for two weeks or so. After some months you will begin to see the wine cap mushrooms fruiting from the inoculated area!
Growing your own mushrooms indoors, at home and commercially
Are you interested in growing your own gourmet mushrooms indoors? One of the best ways to do it is with a grow your own mushrooms kit from Fungi Ally. These kits are designed for the complete beginner, even though they are of professional grade. I say they are of professional grade because these grow kits are the same ones Fungi Ally has used to produce fresh mushrooms for its commercial business. At the height of production these grow kits, or ready-to-fruits blocks, helped produce thousands of pounds of fresh mushrooms each month.
These grow kits work well for professionals or hobbyists alike! Take a look at our complete line of growing kits, which include, but are not limited to:
- Blue oyster mushroom
- Pink oyster mushroom
- Yellow oyster mushroom
- Lion’s mane mushroom
- Chestnut mushroom
- Shiitake mushroom
Also on our mushroom grow kit page you will find videos on how to use the kits, imagery of what the beautiful mushrooms look like, and helpful instructions for using your kit.