There are many different types of edible mushrooms so this guide will give you an overview of how to grow some of your own!
Growing mushrooms at home is an incredibly easy task, as they don’t require light. Mushrooms are incredibly healthy, enriched with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. They are also fat-free and low in calories. It is a commonly used ingredient in pasta sauces, soups, sandwiches, and pizzas.
There are different types of mushrooms, and they require different conditions. However, they require an easily manageable temperature and light conditions to grow. Read and learn how to grow mushrooms for its health benefits and filling taste.
How to Plant Mushrooms
When you are growing mushrooms at home, there are a couple of materials you can use for planting. Besides, you can also buy a mushroom growing kit that is pre-packed with mushroom spawn. If you are a beginner in gardening, mushroom growing kits will make the process so easy and quick.
However, if you start without a kit, you need to choose the type of mushroom to grow. There are different varieties of mushrooms, but button mushrooms are one of the easiest types to grow at home.
Firstly, take a few 14×16-inch trays that should have a depth of six inches. Now, you need to fill the mushroom compost material in all the trays. It would be best if you made sure to sprinkle spawn on the top.
Mushrooms need humid, growing environments. So, you need to raise the soil temperature to around 70 F with the help of a heating pad. Keep the same temperature for three weeks or until you see the mycelium (white, threadlike growths). Once you see growth, drop the temperature to 55 to 60°F and cover the spawn with potting soil.
Make sure you keep spraying water for keeping the soil moist. Cover it by using a damp cloth and keep spritzing the cloth as it dries.
How To Care For Mushrooms
Growing and taking care of mushroom needs patience. There are some specific conditions for growing mushrooms in terms of light, water, and spawn. Mushrooms grow best in the temperatures between 55 and 60°F, and away from direct heat. Besides, you need to avoid overwatering mushrooms, as they can easily absorb the water and damage the growth.
If you see any dust or peat moss present on mushrooms, use a damp towel to brush them off. Also, you need to mix the compost pile with water and provide it with mushrooms twice a day. Make sure you maintain the environment moist, cold, and dark to encourage the growth of mushrooms.
How To Harvest Mushrooms
Harvesting after learning about growing mushrooms is a cakewalk. You can see the growth within three to four weeks. They can be harvested once the caps are open and then stalk can be cut from the stem. Also, avoid pulling up the mushrooms by your hands as it damages the newly developing fungi on the surface. Keep harvesting every day for continuous growth for six months.
Once you’ve got plenty of mushrooms, make sure you use them fresh in your favourite recipes within a few days of harvesting.