I've saved up a lot of stuff to post here, but I'm going to make a bunch of separate posts. First one: love mushrooms? They are incredibly easy to grow! Last spring, my dad (who is also a gardener) gave me a gift of a mushroom kit from Mushroom Adventures out of Seattle (I believe). It was for crimini/portabellas, and my whole family (extended family included) just LOVED watching them develop. AND we enjoyed eating them...even my fungi-shy son. We had such a bumper crop that I even ended up drying some. This Christmas, my dad sent me another kit, same variety. I just put the box on top of my fridge (where temperature and air flow are most suitable), and let it go. You can harvest the mushrooms within a month (they start really going in my climate in about three weeks). I can't tell you how fun and enjoyable this is. I strongly recommend it. In my house, we double the mushroom growing with homeschooling: we make a chart of the kit's development, and discuss fungi and other planty goodness. Plus, it's a real treat making dishes with your own grown mushrooms. So, in my vote, I give this gardening experience a thumb's up!