oyster mushroom bucket

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) …

How Do Mushrooms Grow? Another Great Video on Mushroom Cultivation

How do mushrooms grow anyway? If you want to grow mushrooms at home, you first have to understand the overall process. Mushrooms are different than plants in many ways. They don’t have roots, they have mycelium. They don’t have seeds, but instead have spores- billions of spores! I found this excellent video on YouTube. It is part of a larger …

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 …

Blue Oyster Mushroom

Candidates For Cultivation: The Blue Oyster Mushroom

Few mushrooms are more satisfying to watch grow as the Blue Oyster Mushroom. It is very forgiving and easy to grow making it the ideal choice for a beginner. The fruits grow rapidly, sometimes doubling in size everyday. The mushroom starts out strikingly blue and turns grey as it matures. These mushrooms are ideal candidates for outdoor growing as their …

reishi mushroom

Candidates For Cultivation: The Reishi Mushroom

(This article is mainly about growing reishi. Looking to learn about the health benefits of Reishi Mushrooms? Click here!) Growing the Reishi Mushroom is a good choice for the home cultivator. Not only has it been long revered for its medicinal properties, the Reishi is also fascinating to watch grow – and it’s fruits are stunningly beautiful. It is rather …

Pink Oyster Mushroom

Cadidates for Cultivation: The Pink Oyster Mushroom

A fresh and glowing flush of bright Pink Oyster mushrooms is a site to behold. Pink oyster mushrooms are vigorous growers, fast colonizers, and heavy yielding. The stunning appearance of these mushrooms makes them a favorite for farmers market growers. Unfortunately, Pink Oysters are delicate and their shelf life is somewhat short, making it tough for them to appear on grocery store shelves.

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 …

A grow room for home mushroom growing

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. …

Agar Plates

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! …

Making straw logs

How To Grow Mushrooms on Straw Logs

Growing mushrooms on straw is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to produce food at home. You could start with a mushroom kit – or even better- make your own mushroom log and grow mushrooms at home. With little equipment or supplies you could be growing more delicious gourmet mushrooms than you will know what to do with! …