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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 …

The Yellow Oyster Mushroom

The Yellow Oyster Mushroom, sometimes called the Golden Oyster, is both stunningly beautiful and easy to grow, making it a popular choice among home cultivators. This mushroom grows fast and fruits heavily in vibrantly bright “bouquets”, although the small and relatively thin fruiting bodies usually make for a smaller overall yield. For the most part, you are unlikely to see …

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 …

The Best Apps For Mushroom Identification (And Why a Book Is Better)

Mushroom identification is no easy task, even for experts. There are hundreds of thousands of species of wild mushrooms. Some are edible, some can send you on a mystical journey, and some will try and kill you. So how are we supposed to tell them all apart? Experience and careful practice, honed over many years, is the best way to …

Cordyceps for Endurance, Energy and Total Health

If you were an insect, Cordyceps mushrooms would be the stuff of nightmares. That’s because the spores of this parasitic fungus would have the potential to infect your brain- causing a kind of madness. As if possessed, you would climb up to a high perch, hold on tight, and die- giving the fungus an opportunity to fruit through your brain …

How To Use Mushroom Grain Spawn

Growing mushrooms starting from ready-made grain spawn is one of the most accessible and beginner friendly ways to get into the hobby of mushroom cultivation. It is slightly more complicated than growing mushrooms from a kit, but the results are totally worth it! You’ll get way bigger yields, a deeper understanding of the process, and the ability to grow more …

Mushroom Yield and Biological Efficiency

Mushroom yield and biological efficiency are important parameters that need to be understood and optimized by the mushroom cultivator. When you first start out growing mushrooms, you might not be all that concerned about how many mushrooms you get. At first, just getting some nice looking fruits is a huge success! But as you get more proficient at growing mushrooms- …

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 …