Day One – Mushroom Mini Farm (Back To The Roots)

Join me for the next 10 days (or so) for a mushroom adventure!

So, I was seed browsing at Home Depot and spotted this box:

Oyster Mushrooms.  $10

Oyster Mushrooms. $10  Mushrooms aren’t cheap these days.  So whether or not this is a value will depend on the amount of mushrooms that grow.

Step One - remove panel and cut a plus sign in the plastic.

Step One – Remove panel and cut a plus sign in the plastic.

Step Two - scrape away some of the top layer of soil under the flaps.  This is supposed to stimulate growth.  And, yeah, I started cutting diagonally.  So much for reading the directions! :)

Step Two – Scrape away some of the top layer of soil under the flaps. This is supposed to stimulate growth. And, yeah, I started cutting diagonally. So much for reading the directions! 🙂

Step 3 - Remove bag from box and soak the bag in a bucket of water cut side down for 8 hours.  It will float.

Step 3 – Remove bag from box and soak the bag in a bucket of water cut side down for 8 hours. It will float.

Step 4 - Done soaking. Now to put it somewhere with some light, no direct sun, and give it 1 teaspoon of water every day.  I went to www.backtotheroots.com for extra info and found that tenting the box with plastic will help keep it moist till the mushrooms get going.  This is especially important since it's winter and the furnace is running.  Also, a coolish temperature, about 70 degrees, is also good.  So this box will go into the back bedroom where it is cool.

Step 4 – Done soaking. Put it back in the box.  There was no change in appearance but it was heavier because of the water.   Now to put it somewhere with some light, no direct sun, and give it 1 teaspoon of water every day. I went to http://www.backtotheroots.com for extra info and found that tenting the box with plastic will help keep it moist till the mushrooms get going. This is especially important since it’s winter and the furnace is running. Also, a coolish temperature, about 70 degrees, is also good. So this box will go into the back bedroom where it is cool.

Our mushroom adventure begins!

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