Mushroom Garden Patches by Terri Marie Beauséjour Copyright 1999, all rights reserved. Have you ever considered growing mushrooms in your garden? In fact, many varieties will thrive nicely with little or no maintenance. Agaricus species (the Portobello, the Prince, the Horse Mushroom, etc.) are adaptable to grassy areas among trees. Edible Tricholomas growing in a Garden in Thailand. Intrigued? You should begin by taking a fresh view of your garden or landscape from a new perspective; analyze its "fungamentals." Note conditions of sun and shade, wind and humidity. The beautiful irony is that many substrates suitable for fungi are also beneficial to the garden itself, and most can be obtained for little or no investment, as they are often considered "waste materials" or by-products. Once you have considered the possibilities, you should determine what mushroom varieties are suitable and desirable. Because you will more quickly analyze and interpret the conditions and microclimates which favor their growth.
Mycology Resources Fatguy's Agar Technique Agar inoculation has been used for cultivation mushrooms as well as bacteria and molds for several years. The key to using an agar solution in cultivating mushrooms is sterility. Keeping the work surface and your hands clean and free of contaminants is the most important thing in using agar. I recommend that a HEPA system be used but since most people that use this forum cannot afford one, a glove box can be successfully used or a homemade HEPA design (what I use) will work. Choosing an agar solution to work with should be pretty easy. Agar production and pouring I use a Malt Extract Agar (MEA) solution that is shipped to me in a powder form. -Mix 50 grams of MEA (7 Tablespoons) for each liter of water. You can use a Mason Jar as a container to mix and autoclave the solution. Here is an important point: Unless you have a container that will hold about 2 liters of solution for each liter that you want to make, I would suggest that you make 1/2 liter batches of the agar solution.
Growth on Agar Perhaps this will be the year when you devote a corner of your garden to growing your own portabellas, criminis, shitakes, shaggy manes, Lepiotas, oysters, enokitakes. In this column we will give a basic outline of mushroom cultivation techniques and try to answer your questions about cultivation. Each article will briefly cover a different aspect of mushroom cultivation: I hope cultivation corner will provide stimulus and help you establish your own cultivation corner. I. The first phase of mushroom cultivation is the isolation of a pure culture of mycelium. PD(Y)A should be sterilized for 45 minutes at 15 pounds pressure. Potato Dextrose (Yeast) Agar (PD(Y)A): Potato Water 1 liter Dextrose 10 grams Nutritional Yeast or Yeast Extract 1-3 grams (optional) Agar- agar 20 grams Potato water is prepared by boiling a large, washed but not peeled, thinly sliced potato in water for one hour. Commonly used spore isolation techniques include: A. B. Next: Growing Mushrooms on Grain
Coffee Grinds to Mushrooms: A How to Guide | LunarHarvest Yup. I’m not pulling your leg and I’m not kidding you around; oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are a species of fungus that can digest coffee grinds, including the filters that they are often discarded with, and produce reliable crops of mushrooms. I was skeptical at first but after doing what seemed to be no more than a month casually searching through online do-it-yourself blogs and investigating companies which distribute mushroom kits and spawn (such as The Mushroom Patch) I had the confidence to give it a shot. I was rewarded with not only beautiful and tasty oyster mushrooms but an acquired set of skills that I can now use to develop further cultivating techniques for this sadly underappreciated crop. Approximately one month after mixing together the coffee grinds and mycelium together, the oyster mushrooms are well into their first flush. But why would you want to grow your own mushrooms? Step 1. Chances are, there is a coffee shop near where you live. Like this:
Mushroomers ClubA Successful Story of Blue Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms Cultivation ~ mushroomers club This is a guest post by Devon Olsen, an active member of forums (permies.com and shroomotopia.net) on permaculture and fungi cultivation. This is the story of his first attempts in cultivating Blue Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms. His story is interesting and was posted here with the intention to help some people out there in their first trials of cultivating such types of mushrooms. I guess mushrooms have always been kinda cool, but ive never really felt fascinated about them per se, but about a year ago i found a thread on permies.com about growing Oyster Mushrooms on an old phone book i think it was. Learn more about Oyster mushroom cultivation reading How To Grow Oyster Mushrooms on Logs or the simple plastic bag cultivation of oyster mushrooms by checking my post How To Transform Paper Into Food there you'll find links to a more detailed cultivation method of oyster mushrooms.
Gourmet mushrooms in an old coffee cup The best part about this project is that it is dead simple and most of the materials can be acquired easily and for free. Really all you need is: Empty coffee cup(s) Enough coffee grounds to fill your cups Oyster mushroom spawn I'll assume you can manage to scare up some empty coffee cups. Coffee grounds are really easy to procure. The mushroom spawn is something that you will probably have to buy.
Lingzhi mushroom Taxonomy and naming Names for the lingzhi fungus have a two thousand year history. The Chinese term lingzhi 灵芝 was first recorded in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE). Petter Adolf Karsten named the genus Ganoderma in 1881. Botanical names There are multiple species of Lingzhi, scientifically known to be within the Ganoderma lucidum species complex and mycologists are still researching the differences among species within this complex. Chinese names In the Chinese language, lingzhi compounds ling 灵 "spirit, spiritual; soul; miraculous; sacred; divine; mysterious; efficacious; effective" (cf. Since both Chinese Ling and Zhi have multiple meanings, Lingzhi has diverse English translations. Japanese names Japanese language Reishi 霊芝 is a Sino-Japanese loan word from Lingzhi. Reishi synonyms divide between Sino-Japanese borrowings and native Japanese coinages. Korean names Korean language Yeong Ji or Yung Gee (영지,灵芝) is a word from hanja of lingzhi.
Mushroom projects - My Edible Landscape 1. Maitake (Grifola frondosa) - spore print from Sam My plan is to germinate the spores in liquid culture, then inoculate cardboard, then bury around my chestnut trees. 2. Brick Cap [aka Kuritake - the Chestnut Mushroom] (Hypholoma sublateritium) - spore print from Sam My plan is to germinate the spores in liquid culture, then inoculate cardboard, then grow outside on wood chips. Tek1 - from Shroomery Have cloned kuritake, wine caps and shaggy manes to cardboard. Tk2 - from Bobcat at Mycotopia My outdoor patches were experimental, but both successful. Snipped from various sources… Great clusters of this species are often found on dead hardwoods, especially stumps, logs, and soils rich in wood debris. 3. Carboard Teks - from Shroomery, for growing oysters on cardboard. B.
Easiest Methods of Growing Mushrooms, low tech cultivation techniques ~ Internet Web Links These are internet web links to the easiest methods for growing mushrooms for the home hobbiest, and the small commercial mushroom cultivator for local markets. Included are the Hydrogen-Peroxide Method, Growing from Kits, Acquiring Spawn, and Building a Small Home Culture Setup. Each listing includes a link followed by a brief extract from the page listed. Lion's Mane mushrooms are emphasized as a medicinal and tasty gourmet eating mushroom (a nutraceutical, as both nutritious and pharmaceutically beneficial species). Growing Mushrooms the Easy Way Home Mushroom Cultivation with Hydrogen Peroxide An instruction manual in two volumes based on a new concept in mushroom cultivation, by R.R. Mushroom growing - a great pastime, but... Simplify! Growing Mushrooms the Easy Way I performed my first experiments to test the peroxide idea in 1993, and it worked. Grow mushroom cultures in an ordinary room. Protect cultures from bacteria, yeast, mold, and mushroom spores.