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K2

  • Joined Feb 2015
Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:01:41 am »
Is there a mushroom guru out there?

I have what seems to be a good place for growing mushrooms.  It is a slightly delapidated and leaky wooden garage.  It has an earth floor which is usually damp. So it offers are darkish environment, protection from the wind and a humid atmosphere.  I've bought the spoors and will be scattering them in boxes of compost.  Growing seems easy enough.  The question is how do I produce and collect more spoors?  Thanks in anticipation of any advice.

clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 11:39:54 am »
Get yourself a copy of "The Mushroom Cultivator" by Stamets and then think sod it it's easier to buy them  ;D
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.

pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 12:35:47 pm »
Get yourself a copy of "The Mushroom Cultivator" by Stamets and then think sod it it's easier to buy them  ;D

..in keeping with my past experiences.
I was going to try it the lazy way and stick some mycelia in the field and trust to luck.. and then found a few come up anyway. A shame they're so seasonal that way.

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 06:03:36 pm »
I have to say - I have tried a few times with mushrooms - various different approaches and techniques - and have come to the same conclusion as Clydesdaleclopper 
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 09:07:53 pm »
I have to say - I have tried a few times with mushrooms - various different approaches and techniques - and have come to the same conclusion as Clydesdaleclopper

Same here  :roflanim:
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2015, 12:31:38 am »
I have to say - I have tried a few times with mushrooms - various different approaches and techniques - and have come to the same conclusion as Clydesdaleclopper

Same here  :roflanim:


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Caroline1

  • Joined Nov 2014
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 01:28:05 pm »
I bought a mushroom growing kit once, never got any mushrooms though  :( Hope you have better luck
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Caroline

K2

  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2015, 08:17:12 am »
Thanks for your comments, all.  Sounds good advice just to buy them (£2 for a whopping box in Chorley market) but this sounds like a challenge!  Let battle commence!

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 07:34:06 pm »
we will not be beaten!!
If you just looked at the economics none of us would be doing any of this stuff  ::)

Lets get growing!!
Is it time to retire yet?

clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2015, 11:47:45 pm »
we will not be beaten!!
If you just looked at the economics none of us would be doing any of this stuff  ::)

Lets get growing!!


it's not the economics but the sheer difficulty of producing and collecting mushroom spawn
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Mushrooms, lovely mushrooms
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2015, 12:46:42 am »
Learn how to make the ideal mushroom compost  and a sterile capping of fine sieved loam .
 Then learn how to grow the mushroom culture in almost sterile conditions ..... after that it's a doddle .

  Making the compost is not too difficult but getting the CO2 level & humidity right  is
 An open to the elements outside raised bed say a foot thick in well made compost that has plenty of heat left in  it with the culture crumpled and sprinkled over then covered in the capping helps .  If you use gypsum ( builders common pink plaster works OK )  to get & keep the heat up in the compost  make sure there is no mould inhibitor in it .

 When collecting the components for the compost ensure that none of the animals have eaten any fodder or comes from any bedding straw that has be treated with any hormonal weed control, as this stays active in the compost even after passing through the animals for four or more years and kills off the mycellium.
 
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