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An ultra-accessible guide to growing mushrooms from the comfort of home, in- or outdoors--with several hundred informative color photos, clear instructions, charts, recipes, and more
An ultra-accessible guide to growing tasty mushrooms at home, inside or outdoors--from spore to sprout
A true beginner's guide, How to Grow Mushrooms from Scratch
offers crystal-clear instructions on growing 19 species of edible mushroom, plus advice on their unique characteristics and culinary profiles. Magdalena and Herbert Wurth, who grow mushrooms as their family business, explain the cultivation process with tables, illustrations, and gorgeous color photographs. Readers will learn:
- How to cultivate mushrooms indoors, in the garden, or in woodlands and fields
- How to pick the right mushroom-growing medium, whether it's straw, logs, or even compost
- How to handle pests and competing organisms and how to build "protected" environments
- Different inoculation techniques, such as the kerf and auger methods
- Delicious recipes, preserving methods, and more
Yes, you can grow mushrooms from scratch
Why grow mushrooms?
Mushrooms are a joy to grow--for food, as a garden feature, or just for fun--and it's easier than you think How to Grow Mushrooms from Scratch covers 19 varieties, from button (always versatile) to reishi (a medicinal powerhouse). Plus, here are delicious recipes, preserving methods, and more.
Where can you grow mushrooms?
Mushrooms will thrive in your garden, on your windowsill, and even in your basement. The key is to pick the right growing medium for your mushroom--a log, a bale of hay, or a simple pot of dirt--and give it a little shade.
How to grow mushrooms
Experts Magdalena and Herbert Wurth explain every step of cultivation--whether starting from a kit, a culture, or a grown mushroom you'd like to propagate. From protecting mushrooms in extreme weather, to troubleshooting pests, here is expert advice for beginners and experienced growers alike