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What if you could grow functional mushrooms next to your tomato plants? In this episode 2 of the Mushroom Miniseries, Billy and I continue our exploration of the world of mushrooms in partnership with North Spore and their expert mycologist, Louis Giller. Today's episode focuses on growing mushrooms in your garden and covers topics such as integrating mushrooms into a traditional garden and the benefits of cultivating mushrooms alongside your plant babies!
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Mushrooms are not only a great food source, but they also offer benefits to your garden. They can grow on waste materials found in your garden, helping to break them down and make nutrients more bioavailable to your plants. Plus, they add a unique and aesthetically pleasing element to the garden!
Plant friends, if you're new to growing mushrooms, don't worry about the terminology. Inoculating your garden simply means adding spawn, which is the genetic material used to grow mushrooms.
The experts at North Spore don't work with spores but instead use tissue culture to create clones of specific strains. This ensures that you get the same mushrooms every time you buy from them!
Mushroom cultivation requires some tinkering with your garden, but it can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are the steps to grow mushrooms in your garden:
Remember, mushrooms thrive in a high-humidity microclimate, so make sure to provide them with shade from other plants.
With a little time and patience, you'll be harvesting delicious mushrooms in no time. Exciting, right?
Before you start growing mushrooms, make sure you have the following materials:
If you're looking to successfully grow mushrooms, keep these tips in mind: use small particles to create a dense layer, add soil for an active microclimate, opt for hardwood chips or straw, and make sure to use the appropriate spawn for your desired mushroom type!
Louis shares some top mushroom recommendations for those new to growing mushrooms in their gardens:
Blewits: delicious mushrooms that thrive in cold weather
There are several ways to grow mushrooms in your garden, including:
Inoculating Logs: This is a more advanced method of growing mushrooms, but it can yield a higher harvest.
Thanks to the straw and pasteurization method, growing mushrooms in containers can be a simple and successful process. Here are some steps to follow:
You can also experiment with different types of containers such as wine barrels, terracotta pots, and even a strawberry pot with controlled openings.
Maintenance for mushroom containers is relatively simple. Here are some tips to consider:
Remember to always clean and properly identify your mushrooms before preserving, cooking, or freezing them!
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