Mushroom Cultivation Mushroom Cultivation requires some willingness to learn, some basic lab equipment and a lot of patience. This blog will give you an overview of the different steps on your way to harvesting fresh gourmet mushrooms. A detailed description of each step will follow (See the first one: How to Prepare Spawn). The easiest way […]
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How do Mushrooms reproduce? As I have mentioned in an earlier post (see The Mushroom Life Cycle), when trying to cultivate mushrooms, it is important to know about their life stages and how mushrooms reproduce. You can use this knowledge not only to provide the best conditions to grow your mushrooms, but also to improve and […]
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The Mushroom Life Cycle The kingdom Fungi consists of several groups (phyla) of which each has its own unique life cycle. Edible mushrooms (e.g. Oysters, Shiitake, Reishi) belong to the group Basidiomycota. If you want to start the cultivation of these mushrooms at home, it is important to know about the mushroom life cycle. This […]
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Mushrooms and Manure Manure is organic matter, which can be used as organic fertilizer in agriculture. It is mostly derived from animal feces and has been used for centuries as it provides many benefits. Adding organic matter to soil improves soil structure, increases the water-holding capacity, improves drainage, provides a source of micronutrients, reduces wind […]
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All Mushrooms are Edible. Some Only Once.
Coconut Coir Coconut Coir is the coarse fibers from a coconut husk. Coir fibers are found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. The individual fiber cells are narrow and hollow, with thick walls made of cellulose. They are pale when immature, but later become hardened and yellowed as a […]
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The Blue Oyster Mushroom As a biology teacher, I have an interest in all things natural, and have recently come to really appreciate the mighty mushroom with its many facets. As I’ve been researching on mushrooms and their beneficial values as gourmet and medicinal foods, I found myself wanting to share my findings with whoever […]
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Why pasteurize mushroom substrate? Why should you pasteurize bulk substrate for mushroom cultivation? Pasteurization is a process that has been used for hundreds of years to destroy harmful germs in food. It is commonly known for its role in milk and juice production and was invented by the French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur […]
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Bulk Substrate is a mildly nutritious material of greater volume that is used for mass mushroom cultivation. Bulk substrates are pasteurized and then usually mixed with a pre-colonized spawn which is made with whole grains such as rye berries or wild bird seed. The spawn then inoculates the bulk substrate. Examples Common bulk substrates (all of […]
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