All Things Gardening forum: Growing Mushrooms

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Name: Roy
Central Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Reartinetiller
Feb 13, 2015 4:59 PM CST
I'm really getting intrested in growing mushroom but really don't want to cut down my live oak trees to do it. Is there a medium mix that you can make to put in a raised bed to grow them in? Looking for advise from someone who grows them. Thanks Roy
Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 13, 2015 8:34 PM CST
Well, mushrooms aren't really considered "plants." So there isn't a whole lot of information here. But from the bit that I personally know, you want to be VERY careful trying to grow edible mushrooms where there are live oaks. The very deadly Amanita phalloides just love to grow where there are live oaks. Be VERY CAREFUL!
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Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 13, 2015 10:24 PM CST
Mushrooms can be grown in sterilized sawdust, boiled straw or used sterilized coffee grounds, depending on what's available in your area. You need to sterile the growing medium and some mushrooms spawn. Some types of mushrooms can be grown by drilling holes in logs and filling the holes with the mushroom spawn. The straw method can be done in a plastic bag - no logs required. Just buy the type of spawn that will grow in the medium you select.
If this is your fist time growing mushrooms why not start with a kit so you can be sure of the type of mushrooms.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 14, 2015 11:34 PM CST
Oops, I forgot to say that we have a Fungi Forum.
http://garden.org/forums/view/fungi/
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jvdubb
Feb 15, 2015 6:11 AM CST
Welcome! Roy!

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