Helps beginners learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. This book also helps advanced readers gain knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms.
With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this straightforward guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home. From the basics of using mushroom kits to working with grain spawn, liquid cultures, and fruiting chambers, Stephen Russell covers everything you need to know to produce mouth-watering shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portobellos. Whether you're interested in growing them for your own kitchen or to sell at a local market, you'll soon be harvesting a delicious and abundant crop of mushrooms.
Harvest Mushrooms at Home Learn to grow the most popular species - Oyster, Shiitake, Lion's Mane, and Maitake - in controlled indoor environments at home. Beginning with the best ways to ensure success with a kit and proceeding through advanced techniques for creating sawdust spawn, working with liquid cultures and fruiting chambers, and much more, Stephen Russell covers everything the home grower needs to know. A trusted reference for market growers, this book is also the perfect companion for hobbyists craving a steady supply of dinner-table mushrooms.
Stephen Russell is trained in aikido and Chinese medicine, as well as psychotherapy, and he teaches tai chi and Taoist yoga. He lives in London.
Preface Part 1: Basics for Beginners 1. Getting to Know Mushrooms 2. Basic Growing Options 3. Combating Contaminants 4. Your First Grow Part 2: Intermediate Methods 5. Pressure Cookers and Flow Hoods 6. Grain Spawn 7. Casings 8. Liquid Cultures 9. Working with Sawdust 10. Midsize Fruiting Chambers Part 3: Advanced Methods 11. Agar Cultures 12. Large-Scale Grain Spawn 13. Bulk Substrates Resources Index
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