Tuesday 7 June 2016
We Like Mushrooms
We do like mushrooms, so versatile, they go with just about anything,
I have tried over the years growing mushroom kits with some success,
This time I am trying it on a bigger scale
I ordered mushroom spawn from The Mushroom Box, I have used some of there kits before and found the quality a lot better than those dried up ones from the garden center.
I went for Button Mushrooms and Portobella.
The compost has been prepared over the last few weeks, from horse manure mixed with straw, today I mixed in the spawn.
The compost is all in a builders bag, once the spawn has been mixed in it all gets covered with a sheet of polythene, so CO2 is produced this helps the mushroom spawn to grow.
It will be a few weeks before there is signs of life if any.
Then a layer of garden compost goes over the top and the polythene cover comes off.
When I ordered the spawn I also ordered some dowels impregnated with spawn for mushroom logs.
I picked out two logs from broad leaf trees that had been cut some time ago.
50 holes were drilled into each log, the dowels pushed in
Then the holes were sealed with natural wax.
The logs are in the shade with the big mushroom bag
So this is my mushroom growing area, In the shade and close by for watering.
If it works out fine then we will make some boxes for growing mushrooms.