How Do You Grow Mushrooms at Home?


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Mushrooms can be grown at home with a growing kit that contains spores or spawn and a growing medium. There are many mushrooms available in kits, but one of the more popular choices are button mushrooms.

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How Do You Grow Mushrooms at Home?
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Growing fresh vegetables is a great project for summertime, but in the winter it's not so easy. Gardeners can still grow fresh, tasty mushrooms for their dinner plates during the cold season.

  1. Fill trays with spawn
  2. Fill a 14-inch by 16-inch by 6-inch tray with fresh compost and mushroom spawn. The spawn is usually sold in a kit and contains a mix of compost, nutrients and spores.

  3. Keep warm
  4. Place the tray on a heat pad for 3 weeks to keep the soil at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. At the end of this period, growers should see tiny threads of mycelium in the compost.

  5. Cool it down
  6. Remove the heat pad. Cover the spawn with about an inch of potting soil. Put the tray in a cool, dark spot to keep the dirt at about 55 F for 3 to 4 weeks.

  7. Lightly water
  8. Spritz the soil with water before putting it in the cool spot. Cover with a damp cloth to keep it moist. As the cloth dries, spray some water on it to moisten again. The button mushrooms mature when the cap opens up. Harvest them continuously for up to 6 months.

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