Mushrooms are highly rated for their delicate flavour and can be used as a vegetable or combined with other different ingredients. Care needs to be taken when gathering mushrooms from the field as some are inedible and can be poisonous. Better to be safe and grow them yourself from a mushroom kit containing compost which is inoculated with mushroom spawn. These are obtainable from our nursery during the cooler months.
Depending on the variety of mushroom, the first of the mushrooms will be ready to be picked 3-5weeks after activating the mushroom kit. Usually the first crop of mushrooms is the largest, consisting of 35-60% of the mushrooms to be harvested. Each crop thereafter becoming smaller with fewer and fewer mushrooms until the kit finishes producing. Each kit will come with detailed instructions enclosed.
Follow these three simple steps and enjoy an abundance of mushrooms.
Step 1. Open the box. If the compost looks brown, close the kit and leave it for a week. Once the compost is
frosty white continue to Step 2.
Step 2. Open the plastic and evenly spread the casing over the compost, leaving it loose and fluffy. Leave the kit open.
Step 3. Every 2-3 days mist with water. After two to three weeks mushrooms will begin to form. Twist each mushroom out, removing any remaining stump. Fill in holes with surrounding peatmoss.
Keep kit out of direct sunlight. A wardrobe, garage, laundry or garden shed will be a good spot.
When your kit has become idle and no longer producing mushrooms it can be mixed into your garden for fertilizer or added to your compost pile.
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