Growing Oyster Mushrooms Outside

Growing oyster mushrooms doesn’t have to be complicated. Sure it’s fun to have a highly controlled grow room, to monitor the environment and to try and optimize to perfection things like humidity, temperature and fresh air. But sometimes, we just want to grow some mushrooms. And I can’t think of a better way to do that than to grow oyster …

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How To Inoculate Grain Jars and Make Any Grain Spawn You Want

One of the first steps to growing mushrooms from scratch involves making your own grain spawn. Luckily the process of inoculating grain jars is pretty simple! Once you have a viable mushroom culture ready to go, either grown out on agar or in liquid culture form, you can go ahead and add it to sterilized grain. Over the next week …

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Doing Agar Work With Mushroom Cultures

Growing mushrooms from scratch requires being able to store and properly propagate mushroom cultures (think mycelium) on nutrient rich agar. For the mushroom cultivator, it is an essential skill. Properly transferring cultures allows you to “grow out” mushroom different species for the purpose of making grain spawn. It also allows for the ability to “clean” a culture that has been …

7 Tips for Beginner Mushroom Growers

New to growing mushrooms? If so, you may just be a little mystified – which is totally understandable. There is a ton of information to try and digest and make sense of. Terms like inoculation, agar transfers, laminar flow- what does all of this mean? And what of all this do I really need to know? I just want to …

Preventing Contamination When Growing Mushrooms

Growing mushrooms from scratch requires a sterile environment, and sterile processes for repeated success. The hard work of transferring cultures on agar, inoculating grain jars, and making fruiting blocks can be ruined from a single mold spore. So how do you minimize the risk of pesky contaminates destroying your grow? You gotta keep it clean. This means knowing where contamination …

Using A Mushroom Growing Kit

Using a mushroom growing kit is one of the easiest and most effective ways to grow mushrooms at home. Mushroom grow kits are beginner friendly, requiring almost no special skills or tools. This allows new growers to learn what it’s like to grow mushrooms without diving too deep into the hobby. So are these kits worth it? Although I enjoy …

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Understanding Mushroom Substrates

Finding the perfect mushroom substrate for your grow- and getting the right substrate recipe– is one of the most important aspects of mushroom cultivation. New growers will quickly realize that growing mushrooms is significantly different than growing plants. Although the concept of a mushroom substrate can be thought of as somewhat analogous to the soil for a plant, the way …

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How To Build A Shotgun Fruiting Chamber (SGFC) in 5 Easy Steps

We like to pick mushrooms. Unfortunately, mushrooms themselves are picky – and getting mushrooms to fruit properly requires that we present them with ideal growing conditions. Building a Shotgun Fruiting Chamber (commonly referred to as an SGFC) is a quick and easy way to provide the perfect balance of fresh air and humidity that mushrooms demand. A shotgun fruiting chamber …

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Starting a Mushroom Farm from Scratch

So, you want to be a mushroom farmer? Thinking of starting you’re very own mushroom farming business? That’s awesome! I’m happy to welcome you to the world of mushroom cultivation! Learning how to grow mushrooms at home can be an extremely rewarding and engaging hobby. The more you practice growing, the more there is to learn. You journey will be …

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Best Humidifier for Growing Mushrooms

One of the main paths to success for mushroom cultivation is maintaining the proper humidity at the right time of the mushroom growing cycle. Mushrooms can be up to 90% water, and require high levels of humidity in order to initiate pinning and promote healthy development. Too dry and your substrate will crack and be hesitant too fruit, and if …