Category Archives: Mushroom Cultivation

DIY Mushroom Cultivation: The Culture

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Growing mushrooms at home might appear a little tricky when you’re starting out.

And granted, sometimes it can be. But it can also be super easy., if you take it one step at a time. Continue reading

Making a Bathroom Mushroom House (the good kind)


If you haven’t given the joy of home-grown organic mushroom cultivation a go yet due to lack of space that is relatively stable in temperature and high humidity, it might be time you had a little rethink.

What if we told you that everyone had an ideal spot in their home for growing mushrooms. You’re in an apartment? Yep, you have one. Live in a dry environment? You still have a great spot.  Continue reading

Want extra Vitamin D? Place your shiitake mushrooms in sunlight…

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As if growing your own mushrooms wasn’t excellent enough, there’s also a way you can further increase their Vitamin D content… simply by putting them in sunlight.

And not increase that Vitamin D by a little bit, either. We’re talking a bigtime boost in nutrition here.

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Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

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Growing shiitakes on logs is a great idea for any backyard or small farm food system. Partly because after the burst of work needed at the start, you don’t need to think about them for a fair while, until they’re ready.

Then there’s the main reason that shiitake logs are a great idea. Because eventually, one rainy day, you get shiitakes. Oh so good…  Continue reading

How to go Mushroom Foraging this Autumn (if you live near Sydney)

‘Tis the season to go shrooming! Autumn is the time of year that all the pine mushrooms pop their heads up on the forest floor, offering a feast of fungi goodness.

But how do you do it? How do you know what to pick and what to avoid? Aha. There are ways, my friends. And here’s two good ones…  Continue reading

How to: Make Spore Prints

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Making spore prints is like seed saving for Mushrooms, as it were.

And not only are spore prints an easy and fun way to get to know mushrooms, if you chose to do it carefully, they’re also a very cheap way to cultivate more mushrooms at home…  Continue reading

Upcoming: Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

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Do you want to learn the way of the ‘shroom? It’s quite within your capacity, really. Like many DIY projects, once you get going with the right advice and know-how, things get growing!

We’re running a Mushroom Cultivation Workshop on 16 – 17 November in Sydney to skill folks up in the many ways you can get your mushroom on, at home.  Continue reading

First Shiitake Harvest

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The shiitakes are ready! After months of waiting, we could see that the logs we inoculated were fully colonised by the mycelium.

Time to dunk them in water, give them a whack, and wait expectantly for harvest day…  Continue reading

Looks like this ‘mushrooms in a holey bucket’ idea is catching on…

Last winter, Nick decided that the best way to grow oyster mushrooms for us would be in a bucket. Plastic bags of mushrooms are great and fine, but they’re one-use only, and result in wastage with every harvest.

Food-grade buckets, on the other hand… Nick figured we could use these to grow our shrooms in, and then re-use them for years. Decades, even. And so he tried it, and it worked.  Continue reading

Making a wood chip mushroom garden

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A mushroom garden is a low cost, DIY way to increase the diversity of your home-grown produce, as well as your overall resilience. It’s also surprisingly simple to do, once you understand the basics of how and why.

Recently Nick was over in the US doing some training with Paul Stamets at Fungi Perfecti, and one of the many techniques they covered in the the myco-remidation training was making simple mushroom gardens with king stropharia mushrooms…  Continue reading


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