Down on the Allotment

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Success at Last!

Finally, after many attempts at growing my own mushrooms I appear to be making progress at last! These are chestnut mushrooms and it looks as if there will be many more coming in the next few weeks. The taste of freshly picked mushrooms does not compare to anything you will buy from a store anywhere. Awaits the taste test, lightly fried on plain buttered toast.

13 Comments:

At 10:44 PM, OpenID seasonseatingsfarm said...

I'm watching your mushroom progress. I've been thinking about growing them later this year. This is very cool!

Love your blog!

 
At 12:06 AM, Blogger Kylee said...

I've always wanted to do this! Congrats on your new babies!

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger kate said...

Bravo!! That is wonderful. You've had success - I have a hunch that these are going to pass the taste test.

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger No Rain said...

Try as I might, I just can't look at those mushrooms without shuddering. However, when you describe how they are prepared, it really sounds good!
Aiyana

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous easygardener said...

Congratulations. I gather they're very difficult to grow successfully so you've done well.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

We're trying mushrooms at the moment, sowed the spawn into manure in a polystyrine box in the garage almost two weeks ago... Covered it with wet newspaper and then removed that a couple of days ago to see a few little sprouty things (not many tho... considering the ammount of spawn we put in...) and covered with soil... No idea if thats the way to do it, but it's what the packet said... Guess we'll see..... :)

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Congrats. In Asia last December I really got to see the difference in taste in freshly picked mushrooms and the supermarket stuff.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

Congratulations! Any idea what you did differently that worked this time?

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Matron said...

This time I bought a pre-prepared box of mushroom compost, the type you buy in a box. This time I grew it in an empty cupboard in the living room. Last time I bought a packet of mushroom spawn and prepared my own compost and left it in a dark garage outside. I think the boxes work better.

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Oh at last, the suspense has been killing me! x

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger cd&m said...

Well done!

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger primrozie said...

Don't they start out unusual looking, like a blob and then form individually! I've never seen them growing before. Congratulations Matron, I understand they are difficult to grow.

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger happybuddha101 said...

. . . . . . . . u would eat those??????????????????? . . . . . . . . those r mushrooms??????????????

 

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