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How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors

December 15, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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Grow mushrooms at home as a fun, family project and for good health! In our latest video Tricia shows how she grows both Blue Oyster and Portabella mushrooms at home. New research is showing the importance of mushrooms as a source of Vitamin D and other nutrients. Mushrooms also have an amazing capacity to clean up toxic sites in the world. But the way mushrooms channel toxic waste makes it especially important to eat only homegrown or organically grown mushrooms. The special, fresh-picked flavor…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener if you've ever tasted a freshly harvested mushroom you know how flavorful that is and what a great companion for your garden vegetables. There are a variety of ways to grow mushrooms; outdoors in a garden bed or outdoors on a log or indoors in a box which is what we're going to do today. It's the easiest method, when you get your kits check the date on the flap wait until this date to start the kits but don't wait more than forty five days after the date. The oyster mushroom kit is a little bit easier. When you open the box you'll see a big plastic bag this black plastic bag contains everything to grow the mushrooms you can stand it on its side like this and you'll have mushrooms that grow out in a shelf formation if you leave it down they'll grow up like flowers. Don't open the bag because the mushrooms will grow out of these little holes. The optimum temperature for these oyster mushrooms to grow is between sixty five and sixty eight degrees which is a common household temperature however anywhere between fifty five and seventy five degrees you are going to get mushrooms. When you open up your kit your going to find detailed instructions - how to start it a bag of peat moss which is the casing for your mushroom kit and the compost which is where the mycellium live this frosty white stuff is the mycellium if you don't see any yet that just means the kit is newly inoculated if its newly inoculated you can leave it alone for about seven days or if its ready but you aren't you can store it for a couple of weeks at about fifty degrees and then start it. You want to rough up the surface of the compost about a half an inch this will give the mushrooms a good surface to grow in. I'm going to skim off about a cup of this compost and mix it with the peat moss if you want fewer but larger mushrooms just skim off about a half a cup. Now were going to add five cups of room temperature water to the casing mix and were going to let it sit for fifteen minutes, this is an important step once the casing mix has absorbed all the water make sure it's mixed well spread the peat moss casing evenly over the top of the kit make sure that it is not densely packed spread and fluff up the casing so that the mushrooms have a nice rough surface to grow. The optimum temperature for Portabella mushroom to grow is between sixty three degrees and sixty eight degrees however you'll still get mushrooms as long as the temperatures stay between sixty and seventy four degrees. While both kits should be kept out of direct sunlight the oyster mushrooms need a little bit of light but the Potabellas don't really care make sure that the flaps are open on the box and that the plastic stays open to prevent the kits from drying out make sure that they're placed away from any direct heat source and you could have some spore release so it's a good idea to put down some newspaper to protect furniture and walls of course harvesting on time will minimize for release. Keep your kits moist, the portabellas like a misting about every other day the oyster mushrooms need a little bit more water you want to spray these everyday and then about two to three times a day when you start to see mushrooms. Don't give them too much water because they don't have any place to drain and in about two weeks you should start seeing some mushrooms sometimes your kits will attract fungus gnats if so just put out some of these yellow sticky traps. It's time to harvest our portabella mushrooms, you don't want to cut the mushrooms what you want to do is twist the cap and pull. You know your portabellas are ready for harvest when you see that the veil has torn away from the cap of the mushroom exposing the gills and if the veil hasn't torn off that's ok harvest the mushroom as a cremini mushroom you don't want to wait to harvest your mushrooms to the point where the mushroom cap starts to flip up if you wait that long your mushroom may release some spores. For oyster mushrooms pick them when they reach a mature size or when they stop growing only eat fresh looking mushrooms and be sure and cook them all before eating. Oyster mushrooms will sometimes set too much fruit and abort some of the crop don't eat these pick them and discard them. When you harvest, the first and second harvest will be the best and the kit will stay productive for about twelve weeks after that you can take the soil from the kit and put it in the vegetable garden as a top dressing or put it in the compost pile. So always cook your mushrooms and grow organic for life!

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Trip Allen Says:
Dec 16th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I sure enjoy your videos. Thanks for taking the time to educate me and others about such a variety of home organic growing subjects.

Jan Edgington Says:
Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:44 am

I am interested in the mushroom growing kits.  I live in Phoenix, AZ and I don’t think I have room for the kits in the house.  Can I do them on my back porch.  Thanks for your videos they are very helpful.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 8th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Trip, Thanks for your kind words!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 8th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Jan, The kits come with instructions for using them outdoors. If you use the kits outdoors watch to be sure you are growing only the mushrooms labeled by the kit, and that wild mushrooms (which might be toxic) do not show up as well. Mushrooms that grow well in warm temperatures are shiitake (up to 80F), Espresso Oyster (up to 75F).

Ryan Lyons Says:
Nov 5th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Everyone should be aware - beware - that growing oyster mushrooms indoors is actually hazourdous to your health.  The spores are known to cause lung issues such as asthma.  There may be safe ways to do it - like in your garage with a good HEPA filter to clear the air of spores.

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