Is anyone currently working with cultivating mushrooms? I recently developed a passion for the things
and am going to try to start cultivating my own. My wife is a vegetarian and I started looking for meat
substitutes for her and found that some mushrooms contain complete proteins. This raised an eyebrow, but
then I started thinking and this wouldn't require much light (immediately giddy) so I got on the Troubled
Times site and did some looking for information to help me get started. I found a link to some site that
sold kits to grow at home and books on the subject. When I learn things it usually is with a great deal of
trial and error, and I want to help other people skip this error part if I can.
- I already tried a kit and failed in the endeavor. I lost it to mold. It took over and I couldn't get rid of it. I'm
going to grow another now that I know what I did wrong. I used a 18" x 24" x 8" Rubbermaid container
and a makeshift greenhouse out of a perforated clear plastic bag. I watered it twice a day until I noticed
the mold. I didn't suspend the kit above the bottom of the container so the kit was sitting in runoff water
(not good). After I noticed the mold I put a cookie cooling rack under the kit which kept it suspended
above the lying water. If anyone else is thinking of growing mushrooms and has gotten any better results
or has some tips on propagating, please let me know. Thanks in advance. I'll keep posting what I learn.
I got another mushroom kit. One thing that I did differently to make a cleaner growing environment was
sanitize everything with a weak solution of bleach before I used it. I used a 18in.x24in.x8in. Rubbermaid
tub, a kitchen cooling rack to keep the kit off of the bottom of the tub, a plastic humidity tent (a clear
plastic bag with small holes in it for breathing) that came with the kit, wooden skewers to keep the tent
suspended above and away from the kit. In order to get the kit to start to fruit, I had to shock it by putting it
in the refrigerator for a few days. Now I am seeing some fruiting happen. Nothing worth eating yet, but at
least it's looking better than my last attempt.
- The instructions that came with the kit said that I should mist it 4-5 times a day. I'm not at home often
enough to do this, so what I do instead is make sure that there is water in the basin to keep humidity up
within the humidity tent. Don't leave enough water in the basin to touch the kit, but just below. I mist as
often as possible though. Some mold is growing on top of some of the budding mushrooms, but the
directions say that I should be able to take a damp cloth and wipe it away. I only noticed minor problems
so I wiped it away with my finger instead while I was misting, I hope this wasn't a mistake. I'll try to keep
you up to date on my progress.