Supplies for Growing Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of those funny foods that have become a real delicacy in gourmet cooking. If you happen to live near a mushroom farm, you can usually get them for a decent price. People living farther distances pay more and have mushrooms that can be a few days older, which is a drawback since the flavor is best when they are freshly picked. However, if you have the right settings and a few supplies, you can grow your own.

Compost

Mushrooms need something to grow in since they don't get their nourishment from sunshine through photosynthesis, they need woody plant material such as sawdust, paper shreds, or even decaying logs. You can skip the decaying process by purchasing ready made compost/

Container

This can be as simple as a plastic bag, or--if you plan on growing them often--you might make wooden trays to hold the compost. Trash bags are a favorite of home growers since they are easily accessible, and they keep the mushrooms contained to a specific area.

Spawn

You can purchase the spawn of whatever type of food-grade mushrooms that you want to grow from mushroom growers online or from a local supplier. Buying it from them will ensure that you will grow mushrooms of good quality. This will grow throughout the compost in string-like strands.

Casing

Mushrooms need the casing to start budding out mushrooms. Typically it is a highly organic substance like paper pulp or peat moss. After a layer of this is placed down over the compost, the button mushrooms will start appearing.

Dark Room

Mushrooms grow in the dark and at cool temperatures such as found in thick woods or basements. A concrete floor will help in the growing process as well as the cleanup.

Water

Mushrooms will only grow in a compost that is high in moisture. A hose is the easiest way to provide water in a home setting.

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Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and eHow.com. Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.