Growing Mushrooms

Growing Mushrooms

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!
More things in the garden!

More things in the garden!

Finished path

Finished path

first rose of spring!

first rose of spring!

okra

okra

My sister’s room

My sister’s room

flower pressing

flower pressing