The basics of mushroom growing

So many people still don’t understand that growing mushrooms is something that can be done right in your own greenhouse. And since mushrooms are such a delicious food, it can be a great alternative to complement the diet.

However, you may need to change things in your greenhouse if you want to grow mushrooms, because the only thing these edible fungi do not support is a lot of light. Yes, they can tolerate a little light, but maybe I should modify that statement and say that they can tolerate a little VERY small light.

Better than a little light is no light. They also like a stable temperature range, so make sure it’s between fifty and sixty degrees Fahrenheit – anything beyond that will cause problems for your mushrooms.
You need to be careful to avoid drafts.

The air needs to be moist, because that’s how mushrooms like it. If you looked at the mushrooms that grow in the forest, you noticed that they don’t exactly grow in the soil. Likewise, when you grow them in your greenhouse, or even in a garden shed, you will have to provide (or buy) a special growing medium for them.

There are two ways to grow mushrooms, and the method you choose will depend on how many of these fungi you plan to grow. If you are starting out on a very small scale, a log should serve as a growing medium.

Yes, it is absolutely correct, you can grow mushrooms on a wooden log. And why should that surprise you – haven’t you seen them growing around tree stumps in the forest? All you need is a good log of some kind of reasonably hard wood – oak will do just fine.

Take that trunk and make some reasonable holes in it, and fill each one with some mushroom eggs. So let nature take its course. If, on the other hand, you intend to grow mushrooms on a larger scale, you will need to place them in trays filled with a special mushroom growing medium.
Well, I said before that they don’t grow in the soil.

You will need a compost mixed with straw or a mixture of straw and horse manure. You can plant the mushroom seed here, and your mushrooms will grow well. If you need to grow more mushrooms, you just have to place more trays and set aside more space for growing mushrooms.

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