How to Grow Mushrooms at Home

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Many cooks who prefer raising their own produce would also like to grow mushrooms. Growing conditions for mushrooms can be easily created indoors. With a few basic materials and a little attention, you can be harvesting mushrooms in a few weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Heated growing pad
  • Baking pans
  • Composted manure
  • Mushroom spawn
  • Spray bottle
  • Cotton cloth
  • Select an area for growing your mushrooms that can be kept consistently cool, dark and damp. Basements or closets are often suitable locations for growing mushrooms indoors.

  • Put 2 inches of composted manure into shallow baking pans. Set the heated growing pad to a temperature of 70 degrees F., and place the baking pans on the pad.

  • Place the mushroom spawn on the manure in the pans. Do not bury the spawn. Lightly mist the spawn with a spray bottle filled with water. Check the spawn occasionally and add more mist if necessary to keep the spawn moist. The spawn will root in approximately three weeks.

  • Lower the setting on the heated growing pad so that the temperature of the growing area is between 55 and 60 degrees F. Spread about 1 inch of potting soil over the spawn.

  • Place a damp cotton cloth over the pan. Check both the cloth and the potting soil regularly, spraying them with water as necessary to make sure they stay damp.

  • Harvest your mushrooms in about two to three weeks when the caps of the mushrooms have separated from the stems.

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