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How to Grow Mushrooms

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to grow mushrooms right at home using this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Pick the right culture Pick the right culture spores for your skill level -- oyster and button mushrooms are the easiest to grow, while shiitake and morel mushrooms can be difficult. Tip Search online for the different types of spores and their difficulties. Step 2: Choose a growing area Choose a growing area that is cool, dark, and free from pests that may eat or contaminate your mushroom farm. Tip The best growing areas are basements or crawl spaces. Step 3: Apply soil Spread a dark, nutrient-rich soil evenly over a level growing bed to a thickness of about 2 inches. Step 4: Sterilize substrate Sterilize your substrate by soaking it in hot water or putting it in a pressure cooker to kill undesirable fungi and bacteria that can ruin your mushroom batch. Tip Different species of mushrooms thrive on different substrates, like straw, compost, wood chips, sawdust, newspaper, or cardboard. Step 5: Apply substrate Apply the appropriate substrate or growing medium over your soil to feed your hungry mushroom spores. Step 6: Implant spores Implant or inoculate the substrate with your mushroom spores and fine tune the temperature and humidity levels based on the species. Tip Some varieties require higher humidity than others. You may need a humidity tent to increase humidity levels. Step 7: Look for sprouts Look for sprouting, or "pinning," after about three weeks. The mushrooms will be ready for harvesting in as little as one month. Did You Know? A fungus colony discovered in Northern Oregon may be the largest single organism in the world, covering over 2,300 square acres -- that's about 1,665 football fields.
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