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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 …

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What’s the difference growing mushrooms indoors vs outdoors?

Mushrooms are affected by their growing environment in a big way. The most important elements for a mushroom growing environment are light, humidity and the ambient level of CO2 – less specifically, the amount of fresh air. Different mushrooms seem to react to changes in these elements in different ways. For example, common button mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus, for those interested) …

Great Video on Large Scale Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

What happens when you take the techniques learned here and apply them on a larger scale? You get an huge, awesome mushroom farm producing thousands of pounds of unique and interesting gourmet mushrooms. I found this video on YouTube, which highlights a California Mushroom grower, Far West Fungi. It shows mushroom cultivation techniques such as growing gourmet mushrooms on sawdust …

King Oyster Mushrooms on Sawdust

The Fruiting Block: Growing Gourmet Mushroom on Sawdust

Many types of mushrooms , specifically oysters, will do great and fruit heavily on straw logs as was explained in this post. However, most gourmet mushrooms will actually do way better if grown on hardwood sawdust supplemented with some sort of nitrogen rich supplement. Growing gourmet mushrooms on sawdust blocks will require a little bit more initial work than straw …

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The Fruiting Environment: Chosing a Grow Room Design for Home Cultivation

One of the most important aspects of growing mushrooms indoors is providing the right fruiting environment. Unless you have adequate temperature, humidity and air exchange, your mushroom block will dry up and not produce any fruit. Providing adequate air exchange while maintaining high humidity is difficult to master, but there are several possible solutions that will get the job done. …

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How To Make Agar Plates for Growing Mushrooms at Home

Anyone who really wants to dig into the hobby of growing mushrooms needs to learn how to deal with nutrient agar. Not only is it a way to experiment and learn to grow mushrooms more effectively, it allows you to save and propagate cultures, allows you to create your own spawn and liquid cultures, and best of all… its fun! …

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Keeping It Clean: How to Design and Build a Laminar Flow Hood

Keeping mold spores, bacteria, and other nastiness out of your mushroom spawn is a constant fight for the cultivator. You could use a glove box with a pretty high rate of success, but anyone who wants to get serious about growing mushrooms needs to consider using a laminar flow bench. Having a clean stream of air to work in is …