How To Grow Mushrooms Outside

Overview

Although a fungus, mushrooms are edible and delicious. Growing them at home can be accomplished outdoors or indoors. They need little maintenance since they have no leaves, chlorophyll and don't need carbon dioxide. Mushrooms just need proper spore start-up and moist, dark living environments.

Step 1

Pick a spot to grow mushrooms that has good ventilation and circulation, and a temperature of 55 to 65 degrees F. Plant in spring or fall for best results and in humidity of about 80 percent.

Step 2

Plant sterilized mushroom farm compost (compost pre-mixed with mushroom spores). Spread this in the planting area. Layer about 1 inch of sterilized peat moss on top. Water to make the peat moss and soil damp.

Step 3

Mist the area two or three times per week with a spray bottle.

Step 4

Continue this care regimen for about four weeks, when the first mature crop should be ready.

Step 5

Cut the stalks at soil level when the caps have separated from the stalk. Sanitize the area and start a new crop when mushrooms stop popping up out of the growing medium.

Things You'll Need

  • Sterilized mushroom farm compost
  • Peat moss
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors for harvesting

References

  • How To Garden: How To Grow Mushrooms
  • University of Arizona; Growing Mushrooms At Home
  • American Mushroom Institute: Growing Mushrooms
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