How to Prepare the Ground to Grow Morel Mushrooms

Overview

Due to their nutty flavor, short growing season and overall knack for being difficult to find, morel mushrooms are some of the most sought after, and expensive, mushrooms available. Many morel lovers choose to hunt for their own mushrooms rather than paying the high price at stores, often as much $50 per pound. While hunting is a cheaper route to take, it's possible to spend an entire day hunting without finding a single mushroom. A solution to this problem is to grow them in your own yard.

Step 1

Choose a heavily shaded area for the morels. A spot at the bottom of a north-facing hill is ideal, but not necessary. A spot next to a tall tree is also beneficial.

Step 2

Remove any weeds from the area with a hoe. Cover the ground with 1 inch of compost as morels do best in nutrient-rich conditions.

Step 3

Cover the ground with an inch of mulch. If you have access to rotting logs, lay them in random spots so they take up about 25 percent of the total planting site. Morels often grow directly beside moist, rotting logs.

Step 4

Water the ground until it is thoroughly moist to a depth of 3 inches. Make sure the mulch and logs are thoroughly wet as well.

Step 5

Sprinkle the morel spores over the entire area in early May.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Rotting logs
  • Water

References

  • Outdoor Nebraska: Morels
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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.