Are you the one who wants to join in the bandwagon and cultivate your own patch of mushrooms? There is no surprise to that. Mushroom cultivation has been like the mushrooms themselves. People who are interested in this kind of business have been popping out. Perhaps one of the reasons why this has garnered so much interest is the availability of the supplies needed so that one can cultivate edible mushrooms.
Not only that, the way to cultivate edible mushrooms is easy breezy. In fact, the technique in planting the spores has not changed for quite some time. Ever wonder why this is so? The answer is as simple as the nose on your face- the technique is simple,effective and very straightforward. If the technique, though old can be quite effective, why revise it in the first place, right?
When cultivating these mushrooms, you have to know some information about mushrooms. Well, for starters, it grows in damp and dark places. Even the location is simple. An area in your basement can be used to cultivate your first batch of mushrooms. You really do not need fancy buildings and the likes to grow this little globs of gems. Ever wonder what you should do first? Read on to know what starters like you should do.
Do not pickup the plastic bags first and start thinking how many mushroom heads you can sell. The first thing that you need to procure is the pure culture. What is pure culture, anyway? Well, in mushroom lingua, pure culture is the mycelium, or the life source of your mushrooms. You need to determine that that certain mycelium is indeed edible. It is important that the mycelium is present because this will produce those whitish globs of goodness. In reality, the mushrooms that you and I eat are actually the fruiting body of the fungi.
How would you grow your own mushroom?
As mentioned earlier, you need to get a culture of the mushroom species that you wish to cultivate. Do not apply the mycelium directly to your substrate. You need to culture the mycelium in a petri dish laden with agar. Agar would be the medium onto which the mycelium would attach eventually grow. Your agar can be mixed with nutrient-rich ingredients such as molasses. This further enhances the growth of your mushrooms. Once you have established your mycelium, you are now ready to develop your grain spawn.
To create your grain spawn is simple. You add the pure culture to the rye grains. The rye grains would act as the inoculating agent when you want to make large batches of grain spawn. Don’t worry for it only takes 10 days to prep the rye grains up. You need to immediately use these as the mycelium does not stop growing. The technique here is to make the grains for large batches is to keep on inoculating grains into the pure strain so you keep on having grain spawn by batches.
This technique is cost-effective too! Adding one jar of rye grains into the pure culture will produce 10 jars of grain spawn. Just think of how many jars of grain spawn you can produce by providing 10 jars of grains? That is about more than a hundred jars of grain spawn.
Now you are ready to transfer your seeds to the last substrate. You can either choose wheat straw or wood chips. Wood chips do not need to be sterilized. You can directly add the gain spawn into it. Using wheat straw is an entirely different story.
When using wheat straw, you need to sterilize the straw first and then you need to use polyethylene bags of the same size to cover the substrate. Wait a little bit and then you can bow harvest your mushrooms. It is as easy as that.