Growing mushrooms

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  1. Matthew Bishop

    Matthew Bishop Apprentice Gardener

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    I'v been looking into increasing my winter food production and it occured to me that growing mushrooms I'm just unsure as to how to go about it. I get the occasional field mushroom (edible) which are very nice but i'd like more. Do i need to buy the spores? or can i just pinch them from the existing mushroom population? Will i need to heat the growing area?
    i'v got an old book on the topic but it insists that i need to make or purchase mushroom compost.
     
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      I have not grown mushrooms but am about to attempt it. I've ordered some wine cap spawn and a shiitake log. The wine caps apparently grow well in wood chippings. I wood chip some of my borders and paths to keep the weeds down so plan to spread the spawn around in there and see what happens.
       
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      • Phil A

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        Wood chippings will probably work well, had some morrels come up on their own in some.

        Keep them damp, but bear in mind you're not growing in a sterile medium so anything could come up.

        I used to work on a mushroom farm and even using sterile compost we still got the occasional rogue mushroom come up.
         
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