growing mushrooms

Mushroom Cultivation: Straw Bucket Tech

There are so many different ways to grow oyster mushrooms it’s almost but not quite unbelievable, so do yourself a favor and please don’t for an instant think that this is the only way, or necessarily the best way, to go about the process. Oyster mushrooms (Basidiomycete fungi of the genus Pleurotus) are an incredibly adaptable and resilient bunch that can perform well under a comparatively wide range of growing conditions that would be completely inappropriate for other varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms.
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Mushroom Cultivation: Cardboard Spawn

It has been quite a while since I last experimented with oyster mushrooms, and even longer since I decided to take note of my methods and record them all to then post here at your convenience as well as for my own record keeping. Indeed the pervasive nature and tenacity of the mycological world couldn’t keep me away for too long before the urges of wonder and discovery had me crawling back for more. (more…)

Growing Oyster Mushrooms from Wild Grasses

I consider myself to be quite opportunistic, readily willing to identify and take advantage of the potential benefits of any given circumstance, no matter how bleak or uncomfortable they appear from the outside. This being said, I got to thinking about one of the most popular commercial substrates for commercial oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) production, straw, and whether or not the old, dried, fibrous stalks and leaves of various wild or naturalized grass species could be used in much the same way as straw derived from commercial cereal grain crops. So I decided to put on my mushroom cap and put this one to the test myself. (more…)