|That’s a bag of mushroom spawn in my fridge, complete with the directions on top of it because if I don’t keep them in there I’m sure to lose them.|
It’s actually a bag of wine cap mushroom (Stropharia) spawn mixed with sawdust that I picked up over the weekend at the Wisconsin Garden Expo. A few weeks ago, on a dark winter weekend, I somewhat randomly decided that I’m going to grow mushrooms this year.
My interest in mushrooms actually started last spring when I was chatting with garden blogger friend Kenny Point from Veggie Gardening Tips as we passed the time waiting for our flights at the airport. Kenny loves to grow things just for the challenge of growing something different (he also got me hooked on growing culinary ginger and turmeric) and told me that I was crazy not to give mushroom growing a try because, he said, some varieties are dead simple to grow.
Later that spring I went to a talk on growing mushrooms, but that one was centered mostly on using inoculated wood plugs to “seed” logs and seemed to require a fair amount of waiting, something we all know I’m no good at (see name of blog), but I kept remembering that there was a variety Kenny told me was very simple to try. I recalled that a few weekends ago and decided I would officially give wine caps a try.
Here’s why I picked that variety:
- They can be grown in wood chips or straw.
- If I plant them in spring I should have mushrooms by August.
- The mushrooms are unique looking so even I should be able to identify them and not kill myself.
|Field and Forest photo|