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Growing Mushrooms The Easy Way

Let’s face it, growing mushrooms can be complicated. You have to worry about managing cultures, sterilizing grains, making spawn, mixing substrates and trying to do it all without introducing contamination that could ruin your whole project. Of course, if you love growing mushrooms as much as I do, all those complicated terms sound like music to your ears! But if …

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

There are few mushrooms as iconic as The Shiitake. And although growing shiitake mushrooms requires some specialized skills and tactics, it is still a strong favorite among cultivators- both professional and amateur alike. In fact, Shiitake is one of the most commonly cultivated mushrooms in the world. And for good reason. The Shiitake is a culinary delight, has a long …

The Mushroom Growers Quick Reference Guide

There are certain things that I found myself looking up all the time when I first started growing mushrooms. How much bran should I add again? How much agar mix do I add to make malt yeast extract agar? The Mushroom Growers Quick reference guide is a first attempt at making it easier to grow mushrooms on the fly. Here …

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 …