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Not Mush-room Monday!

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I love fungus

A new project today on the first day of the holidays.

It’s been shooting an’ shining as they say in Scotland when the weather can’t make it’s mind up.

I tackled about five other things on the holiday plan (more about that later) and then tried to find something else to do out of the rain.

I had a pack of mushroom spores.

I’ve tried using kits before with little success. Meanwhile they are expensive. This was a cheaper option.

I read recently that a kit can cost 22 times the price of buying mushrooms in the supermarkets.

This article in The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, gives the details.
telegraph mushroom article

Previously I’ve tried drilling holes in old bits of wood and putting polystyrene boxes under the stairs. Some were partially successful.

Some were plain useless!

So this time I had to create a manure base first. I used about five kg of garden manure that’s was bagged and dried into pellets. I added water to give it a more moist start.

Then I added the pack of spores and mixed thoroughly.

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The instructions said:
Press down well

Which I did with a container as a pressure pad and then I covered this base with an earth and compost mix together.

In theory, the manure is the best environment. The spore mix should create something called mycelium. It’s a kind of root system for fungus. It should take over the rotted manure and turn it into the base that produces the edible aspect of the fungus.

The prepared mixture is now in a box in the shed for a few weeks. It needs a temperature between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

You’ll need to watch this space. I didn’t make a single fun-guy joke either!

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43 comments on “Not Mush-room Monday!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    April 14, 2014

    Good luck with it Liz hope it works out for you

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  2. andy1076
    April 14, 2014

    Dang, That’s one veggie that needs a lot of attention on :O

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    • lizard100
      April 14, 2014

      It’s a bit daft growing em but when it works it’s magic!

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    • lizard100
      April 14, 2014

      You just wrote my 1000th comment! Thanks!

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      • andy1076
        April 14, 2014

        Hooray!!! *Looks around* do I get a prize? πŸ˜›

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      • lizard100
        April 14, 2014

        Yes! My gratitude! Of course!

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      • andy1076
        April 14, 2014

        Hooray!! πŸ™‚

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      • lizard100
        April 14, 2014

        Tell you what! If the mushrooms grow I’ll send you one!

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      • andy1076
        April 14, 2014

        I ❀ mushrooms! thank you ❀ πŸ™‚

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      • lizard100
        April 14, 2014

        πŸ„

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  3. litadoolan
    April 14, 2014

    This looks cool. I have been pulling the weeds out of my tubs so the berry plants will have a chance. It’s been great weather so I’ve noticed my rhubarb also looking good. Your site gives great tips but most importantly motivation!! The mushroom growing looks good too.

    PS You know why the tomato hung out with mushroom?
    Ahh he was a fungi to be with. Boom! πŸ˜€

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    • lizard100
      April 14, 2014

      Thanks Lita! I was a bit unsure about today’s post and what to write about. It’s the Monday thing. When I chose a topic for each day I figured Monday could be m words then there was the mushroom. Really like your feedback!

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      • litadoolan
        April 14, 2014

        Bravo on doing the alphabet blogging! Takes discipline (and imagination). I’m glad I started reading your blog way before Spring because it gave me some ideas to start off with and the timing now is right to go for it. So annoying to get garden ideas in the middle of Summer and have to wait a few seasons!! Here’s to good harvests.

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      • lizard100
        April 14, 2014

        Thanks : ) but it’s just M! Could get tricky. You’ve been one of my most committed followers though I only started on 1st Feb. I’m busy with the seeds now. Getting carried away.

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      • litadoolan
        April 14, 2014

        Hurrah you’re half way through! (alphabet). Enjoy the seed sprinkling. I love your take on going green, I like the way you present the journey one step at a time! It’s not overwhelming this way πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • lizard100
        April 14, 2014

        Ah I love your enthusiasm but only m no other letters before of after. Tho’ I might give that a go at some point! Glad you like what in doing. I’m really enjoying writing it too. Thanks very much!

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  4. thecontentedcrafter
    April 14, 2014

    I am always looking at the ‘Grow Your Own Mushroom’ packs and wondering should I, could I……. so I shall follow your adventure with interest! I do know of someone who grows them in an old hot water cupboard in their basement with great success….. πŸ™‚

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    • lizard100
      April 14, 2014

      I keep trying, sure that one day I’ll ‘get it!’ Like its a magical power!

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  5. tootlepedal
    April 14, 2014

    I shall be interested in your results because I have often thought of growing mushrooms.

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    • lizard100
      April 15, 2014

      Well it’s the third or fourth attempt. Fingers crossed. I shall post the results in a few weeks time.

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  6. Rambling Woods
    April 14, 2014

    Ohhhh…I hope they grow!

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  7. silverbells2012
    April 15, 2014

    Agree the mushroom kits are an expensive waste of time. Nearly bought some starter myshrooms to put on a tree stump at the allotment – would have been cheap but then I thought they might grow but in this uncontrolled environment they might actually also be other types of fungus which are poisonous. Good luck, anyway!

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    • lizard100
      April 15, 2014

      It’s a minefield. I think this will be our last attempt. Resist resist resist.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        We can get organic mushrooms at our local organic farm so I think I’ll stick to something I can’t get so easily there πŸ˜‰

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        Sounds heavenly…

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        The farm?

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        No having a source for great mushrooms locally.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        Ah yes! Guess we are lucky in that regard. Government wants to build a railway line through the farm, though, so who knows for how much longer :’-(

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        Nooooooooooh! Is that HS2?

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        The very same….

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        Ohhhhh if only the uk government would focus in sorting out what they already have instead of adding more. In Europe trains are frequent, clean, reasonably priced and strategically routed. But they are subsidised not trying to make profits for greedy people. They offer a service that keeps countries moving. That reduces traffic, pollution and saves time. When the privatised in the uk I threw up my hands in despair.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        You describe the problem most succinctly!

        I really really can’t see how HS2 will solve anything but I think it’s a done deal, the UK being after all such a great democracy.

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        Exactly. It won’t improve much if anything. Look at Dawlish. 100+ year old connection to the south west. Ridiculous!

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        Yes, would make far more sense to upgrade existing lines. Ah well, a miracle may yet happen!

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      • lizard100
        April 15, 2014

        Fingers crossed.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 15, 2014

        πŸ™‚

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  8. P.E.A.C.E.
    April 16, 2014

    Thanks for this great post that’s got me pondering giving it a go myself! And great comment stream too. πŸ™‚ Cheers and good luck! Gina

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    • lizard100
      April 16, 2014

      Wait for the results. The temperature in the shed dropped quite low yesterday. I need to insulate the box and spritz it I think.

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      • P.E.A.C.E.
        April 16, 2014

        True. And as Andy said, they need a lot of attention!

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      • lizard100
        April 16, 2014

        Mmmmm I’m worried about that part.

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