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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home Grown Mushrooms


Look what I grew in my airing cupboard!

It's just a shop bought kit, you just spread the bag of casing compost over the spawn impregnated straw

And keep moist in a warmish place - mine took just 18 days!

Like everything that you grow for yourself it tasted fantastic!

14 Comments:

At 12:19 AM, OpenID nipitinthebud said...

marvellous job Matron. I bet they taste wonderful.
I bought a kit a few Christmas's ago for a friend and treated myself too, then promptly forgot about it! I unearthed it in May and 2 years of sitting in a cold damp cellar was a recipe for disaster when I opened it. I inhaled a puff of overheated spores and ended up with mushroom workers lung and a cough for 5 weeks. I swear gardening is more like an extreme sport sometimes ;o)

 
At 2:34 AM, Blogger miss m (InfG) said...

Wow, that's amazing ! I don't recall success in previous attempts. A better kit this time or a different technique ?

 
At 2:34 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

I have been tempted to try a mushroom growing kit and now I am even more so! So it really was that easy huh?!

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Wow, what a harvest, will you get more?

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger Ribbit said...

Fantastic! Is it a one time deal, or can you somehow get them to grow again? Sorry, I know nothing about mushroom growing, besides the ones that continuously grow in my garden beds.

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Matron said...

The instructions state that you should be able to crop for several weeks, but my experience of these kits is that after the first crop something happens to the fungus and it loses its oomph! wait and see

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Wow, no. Double WOW! Never in my life did I think those kits would work so well. What a harvest. I am not a fan of the humble mushroom but the hubby is - maybe a little suprise gift idea there. x

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

I grew shiitake mushrooms awhile back on a log, they were okay, but i wasn't convinced enough to do them again. These do look good though.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger gintoino said...

Those look good and I bet they tastd as good as they looked.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Well done. I have tried a couple of kits in the past and failed miserably. The only time I had a bumper crop was when I bought some used mushroom compost from a mushroom grower, forgot one bag which lay in the shade for months and produced dozens of lovely baby mushrooms which were delicious.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Cool!

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

Hi matron, well done we tried growing them outdoors ( in a cold frame) from seed but nothing came up .I have grown them in the past from recycled mushroom compost from a grower.

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Rachel Cotterill said...

I love mushrooms... I've tried to establish various varieties in the woods at the back of my house, but without success, sadly. Those ones look good :)

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger Kalena Michele said...

You know, I never really had a big relationship with the mushroom. I just read a blog that highlighted a beef and mushroom stew that looks delicious and them I see your post about growing your own mushrooms. I'm tempted. lol

 

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