Mushroom Harvesting: How To Harvest Mushrooms At Home
The first thing you need to do is to gather your materials. You will need a good supply of straw, which can be found in any hardware store or farm supplies stores. If not available, you can buy it from a garden center. You may want to use plastic bags instead of straw because they are less likely to break than paper ones.
Also, if you have access to a compost pile, then you can use that instead of straw.
You will also need some kind of container (a large pot with holes drilled in it) so that the mushrooms don’t fall out during the drying process. You could make one yourself or get one from a local farmer’s market. A small bucket works well too since it doesn’t take up much room and is easy to transport around town.
Finally, you will need a place where you can keep them until you are ready to eat them. That would be your refrigerator or freezer. Make sure that both places are airtight and free of dust particles. You could even put the containers inside the fridge/freezer, but make sure there isn’t anything else in there like food items or other chemicals that might contaminate the mushrooms!
How long does it take to harvest?
As you already know, it all depends on the type of mushroom you are growing. Each one is different, for example, oyster mushrooms can be ready in as little as three weeks, while other types like shiitakes need a month or more to grow. There really isn’t a way for you to speed up this process and waiting isn’t something that most people are willing to do. That’s why there is always the option of buying them at your local store. Again, this is something you should try to avoid whenever possible.
As I mentioned before, you can save money by growing your own mushrooms at home. The least expensive ones will be the oyster mushrooms since they are a fast growing and easy to grow kind. If you don’t have much room, you can always start off with growing just one pound of them. From there you can expand as much as you want inside your room.
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