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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:02 pm 
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I brought 2 bags of mushroom compost and someone told me to put under a tree in the shade and just open the top of the bag and you should get mushrooms, watering twice a day


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
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I put it in this cage so I can still water it and the hens can not get in there


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
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It is probably too hot at the moment - might be better to try in the Autumn.


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:31 pm 
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don't they like the hot??

at the moment it is over hot its up to 30 - 32 degrees up here


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
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They like it coolish and damp, I've heard they grow really well in cupboards as they are usually a cooler temp and no sunlight.

http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/g ... rooms.html

Ok, reading through it the cupboard/cellar is good for the first stage of their life, have to add in ventilation after that, I read around a few other sources not just that one.


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
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I just rang my mate last night and he told me I need to add mushroom spawn in the compost, so I rang Bunnings were I got the mushroom compost and they told me you wont grow mushrooms in the compost, you need a mushroom kit.


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
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Mushrooms will grow in the compost, you don't need the kit. You might need to inoculate the compost, but if you do and you have the conditions right they'll grow. Given the right conditions mushrooms will grow in all sorts of things (soil, wood chips, coffee grounds, you name it).


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 Post subject: Re: growing mushrooms
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:37 pm 
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I've used spent mushroom kits to inoculate compost.

I dried the compost in the sun for a few days to kill some of the bugs already in it, then break up the mushroom kit into chunks and mix with the compost. Split the mix up and put it into large zip lock bags, water well, seal the bags (but leave a gap for air exchange) and leave in a cool dark place for a couple of weeks. Check every now and then to make sure they don't dry out. Once you see white growth through most of the compost follow the instructions that came with the kit to trigger fruiting (usually water well and then leave bag open in a cool dark place but may vary with variety).

With this method over 3/4 of the bags successfully grew mushrooms, the rest got contaminated with bugs and/or a different fungus. I still got about twice as many mushrooms as I got from the original kit, and you could probably repeat the process a few more times. Only thing I would do different is to use flatter containers instead of zip lock bags, the bags are convenient but didn't provide much area at the top for the mushrooms to grow. You could possibly move them from the bags into trays when it is time to trigger fruiting.


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