Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket

Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly…

This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Huzzah…

Zodd’s oyster mushrooms

VelaCreations’ colonised straw

Fungifield’s golden oysters

VelaCreations’ basket, bagged and ready to fruit

VelaCreations’ fruiting oyster mushrooms

Grow your own’s oyster mushrooms – delish!

At Milkwood Farm, we’ve opted to grow our oyster mushrooms in double buckets. We chose this technique to alleviate the need to bag or box the inner bucket to maintain humidity and isolate the substrate (because that’s the outer bucket’s job), and also to ensure that the plastic that the mycelium is in is food grade.

However, many home mushroom propagators use the laundry basket technique, and it illustrates yet another way oyster mushrooms can be grown inside, outside and upside down, once you have the basic knowledge, skills, tools and of course mycelium… mmm mushrooms.

Join Will Borowski at a Milkwood mushroom cultivation course and leave with all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to get growing mushrooms inside and outside, in all sorts of ways.

We also supply students with multiple strains of mycelium in petri dishes, inoculated shiitake logs, fruiting bags of mushrooms and heaps of other resources. Yummo.

>> More posts about mushrooms at Milkwood Farm

- Lead image via Mushroom Patch


  1. Dobba
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I grew oyster mushrooms at home. I found them easy to grow but missing the tasty nuttiness of wild mushrooms. Have you tried growing any other types?

  2. stanleycottagegarden
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is brilliant… I will try this next year.

  3. Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks! Great method!

  4. Posted August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on 2bMNML and commented:
    check out this great post on growing mushrooms in hay in a laundry basket. We just so happen to have a derelict laundry basket, some hay and a shady spot so we’re going to give it a go.

  5. Posted August 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    One day Dookie, one day… (maybe next winter??)


  6. Posted August 14, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hello! I love this thread! We have many grows of different species of oysters at shroomology, using this exact method! I am posting a link to this thread on my website, we have quite a few VERY experienced cultivators that would love to look around here.

    Check out our blue oyster in a basket grow!

    Also sorry if I am not supposed to share links to other websites here. I promise this is not about spam, but about being friends, and sharing :)

  7. Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Where do you get the mycelium?

  8. Cyrallath
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Could this be done with similarly-perforated ceramic jars, perhaps?

  9. Posted September 18, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    This looks very cool! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Karen
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    If you come up with a way to grow Chanterelles in a basket, let me know!!

  11. Posted November 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How can i know the complete mush room technology for free more power

  12. paul
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    how can i get mushroom seeds

    • Posted December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink | Reply

      Paul you can get mushroom mycelium from any decent supplier in your country – just look up ‘mycelium supplier’ or similar

  13. Alice Huff
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    I tried batter fried home grown oyster mushrooms last summer. Heavenly! I’m interested in trying this but it’s so hot and dry in Okla.

  14. Lee Hulcher
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    If have a large partly shaded green house, can I grow mushrooms in it?

  15. jazzyboi72
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on Crystallinity and commented:
    What a great idea… love mushrooms and love growing them

  16. Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very Nice!

  17. Cindel
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    If I wanted to grow button mushrooms, would it be possible to purchase close-gilled ones from the grocery store, slice them open, and place them in the growing medium?

    • Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Probably not, Cindel… look up’cloning mushrooms’ – there’s lots of online resources for the process…

  18. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you for this inspiration!

  19. Posted January 30, 2014 at 3:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    i left a comment on your “holey bucket” tech… and i have just a quick question on this post as well…

    how do you water the basket?

  20. Mat
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi, will this method work for turkey tail spores? Thanks

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