How To Grow
Mushrooms At Home
I created this page to share a new hobby of mine...GROWING MUSHROOMS! I love mushrooms but they are so expensive at the store that I only bought them on rare occasion. I grow my own vegetables so I thought why not grow my own mushrooms? I looked into buying mushroom growing kits online and found out that by the time you pay for the kit plus shipping it costs way more than buying mushrooms at the store. It is a good way to start out by trying a kit first to find out if it's something you'd like to do on your own. I haven't come across anybody that doesn't continue to grow their own once they try it.
After lots of research I found a simple way to grow my own mushrooms from oyster mushrooms that I bought at the store. Less than a dollar investment will keep you growing mushrooms forever. I found the easiest way way to start them on used coffee grounds. Now if you don't drink coffee you can go to a Starbucks shop and they will be more than happy to supply you with used grounds. They have a special bag they give to people who ask.
I created a 3 part video series that goes over in detail of exactly how I do this. The first video goes over buying and starting the mushrooms in coffee. The second video goes over problems with contamination and a few things I changed in the method. The third video shows mixing what we grew in the coffee (mycelium) with straw into a bag and takes you all the way to the final harvest. All the videos are posted below in order.
After thoughts and tips after making the video series:
The whole process from start to finish will take 50 to 60 days. You can cut the whole process down to 20 days if you skip the mycelium production and buy grain spawn from Ebay but it will cost you. A little grain spawn does go a long way. In the first video I mention putting the jar with the coffee/mycelium onto a windowsill with indirect light. It works but it's much better to put the jar into darkness. Never the coffee dry out. That makes it easy for contamination to start. As I mentioned in the second video, use tyvek and not a coffee filter for the top of the jar. The tyvek works great. You can get a tyvek painters suit on Amazon for about $5-$6 that will work well and last a while. In the third video the mushrooms should have come out the holes that I cut in the bag but I didn't have really high humidity and should have sprayed the holes at least 3 times per day. That's why the pins started at the top of the bag and I had to cut it open. My humidifier isn't the best and turns off once the humidity is 85%. The best thing you can use is an ultrasonic humidifier or a pond fogger that doesn't turn off or can be turned off with a timer. Once your mushrooms stop producing after 2 or 3 harvests, you can add the spent straw substrate to a new batch of straw and it will spread and you'll have a new harvest in 20 days. Can't beat that!
I created a follow up video showing more mushroom production in different containers. I used coffee cans with holes cut in the sides. This worked great! I also just added straw and the mycelium in a jar and left the top off to see what would happen. The mushrooms grew straight up and had thicker stems. That video is posted below. Check it out!
Please ask questions below. I will be adding more mushroom growing photos and videos soon!