‘Shrooms Abound

I have a couple of mushroom projects going on.

Shiitake – I am on my second round of growing Shiitakes that I ordered from 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm.  I had been wanting to try growing them for a couple of reasons.  They grow well indoors, I am using Shiitake all the time in my homemade ramen noodle soup and what a conversation piece!

I ended up ordering from this company because I loved the tutorial videos with Jim on their YouTube channel.  The Shiitake video gives tips on getting 3 full growing rounds out of the block which costs $33 (before shipping) for an estimated total harvest of 2-3 lbs.

My first round with the Shiitake blocks (I ordered and grew two of them) resulted in 10.2 oz fairly split between the two.

Shiitake 1

Shiitake ScaleThe second round is a bit more asymmetrical with Block B doing well and Block A (which slightly outperformed Block B in the first round) doing nothing so far.

Shiitake Round 2Time will tell and I am looking forward to the third round when I will layer the block medium along with straw into a plastic planter with holes drilled in the sides for the final opportunity to grow and harvest.

Before I started this project I made note of what I was purchasing Shiitakes for ($1.10 oz) to compare my $33 investment to the retail costs.  I have a ways to go to make this project actually be a money saver, but it has been fun and I know the mushrooms I am enjoying are fresh, well grown and harvested within 5 days of use making the monetary aspect more of a fun side project.

Next on my list to try are the Elm Oyster Mushrooms from this same company.  As soon as I figure out which recipes to use them in, I will be ordering a box kit.

Morels – my other mushroom project is one that mushroom enthusiasts have long thought impossible – cultivating morels!  These elusive and highly prized forage mushrooms have proven impossible to cultivate for decades, but a couple of companies believe they have cracked the code and are now selling morel spawn along with cultivating instructions.

This is more of a long term project since the instructions specify that real production is not expected until the second spring after bed preparations.  I purchased my kits from Gourmet Mushrooms and I started two 4 square foot beds about 20 feet apart to try this for myself.  I grew up hunting morels in spring and have found them at the Farmer’s Market selling for upwards of $20 lb. in the past few years.  They are a wonderful, seasonal treat and the idea of harvesting them from my back yard for years to come was well worth the $33 per kit.  Due to the time involved and the weekly compost feeding required, this project is not for everyone but if you are dedicated to the idea of having a ready supply of morels in an easy to harvest location, it might be worth your while.

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2 Responses to ‘Shrooms Abound

  1. Pingback: A Fungus Among Us | NearlyHomeGrown.com

  2. Xenia Stefanescu? says:

    I am happy to know about this .growing mushrooms was always my desire.Mushrooms are loaded with substances even contain selenium and vitamin D3 beside other things.The taste is delicious too.

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