I love cooking food with mushrooms added to the dish and although I live in awe of people who go out into the countryside and find themselves edible mushrooms, I worry about identifying them incorrectly.
I usually buy my mushrooms from the shops but this year I am moving one step closer to nature and growing my own mushrooms. Although this sounds impressive, I am cheating as I have bought myself a ‘Growing Mushrooms’ kit from the local garden centre.
On Sunday I set up the box. This involved;
- Opening the packet of mushroom compost and placing it evenly into the polystyrene tray.
- Putting the lid onto the box leaving an air pocket at the top, so that the compost has plenty of air but is kept in the dark.
Then I needed to check every two days that the compost was kept moist.
On Tuesday I opened up the box and watered the compost using a sprayer so that I didn’t soak the compost. I need to keep checking the moisture until day nine or ten.
I will let you know the next stage of the growing process when I have set it up.
I look forward to harvesting edible mushrooms in the near future, hopefully!