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How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms Indoors

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Grow oyster mushrooms indoors using milk cartons and sawdust with these easy steps. 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: Wash and prep cartons Cut the tops off the milk cartons evenly around all sides and wash them to remove milk residue. Then use a pencil to punch 4 to 5 holes through each side of both cartons. Step 2: Sterilize sawdust and coffee Put the sawdust and coffee grounds into a microwave-safe bowl. Add water until the mixture has a spongy consistency and then microwave the mixture for 2 minutes, until the water is boiling, to kill any foreign organisms. Tip You may need to microwave the sawdust and coffee mixture in batches. Step 3: Remove and let it cool Remove the mixture from the microwave and allow it to return to room temperature. Step 4: Wet the sawdust and mix in spores Dampen the sawdust mixture with non-chlorinated water and mix in the oyster mushroom spawn or starter culture. Step 5: Pack cartons and store Pack the milk cartons tightly with the sawdust and spawn mixture and place them in a cool, dark place. Tip Cover the mixture with loose-fitting plastic wrap or lay plastic wrap underneath the carton with a bit of cooking oil spread around the carton's base to keep bugs away. Step 6: Keep moist and wait Keep the sawdust mixture moist with non-chlorinated water for the next few months, until your mushrooms are ready to be harvested. Did You Know? Some varieties of oyster mushrooms have been used to break down fossil fuel waste.
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