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Cultivation: Mushroom growing kits yield fender crop
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 07:11:50 EDT (38 reads)

Cultivation For a while I have seen indoor mushroom growing kits in catalogues and have wished to try one. Each year I'd put them on the original order form and unavoidably, as I totalled the list, it was more than I needed to spend, and the mushroom kit was scratched. This winter I made up my mind to order one kit simply to give it try. It was only $15.95, so why not?

My first mistake was letting the boxes sit on my desk for weeks. After I opened them up and read the instructions, I was advised to start straight away. I thought I may have screwed the entire project up, but I made a decision to give it a try. I had 2 oyster mushroom kits, one blue oyster mushroom and a shiitake kit.

The kits came with detailed instructions and something looking like a tiny log, about seven inches high and five inches across, covered in plastic. There also was a 6-inch square sponge and a plastic sleeve. The log is left in its bag, and I was instructed to chop an ďXĒ about 1 inch wide and deep in the log thru the plastic. A saucer is filled with about a half-inch of water, and then the sponge is set in the water. The log is placed upright on the sponge and covered with the clear plastic sleeve to keep humidity. Then the waiting starts.

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Cultivation: Six ways mushrooms can save the world by Paul Stamets
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 07:02:40 EDT (22 reads)

General Paul Stamets a well known Mycologist talks about six ways that fungus can save the world.

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Cultivation: Home grow mushrooms- find out more about growing mushrooms indoors
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 06:57:54 EDT (17 reads)

Cultivation Not many individuals realize that it is essentially really easy to grow mushrooms yourself, instead of choosing to spend your money at your local superstore on mushroom species inexpensively imported from foreign nations where they are grown in large quantities. The store variety do not have much of a product life and the mushrooms do not truly enjoy being packed in plastic so by learning to grow mushrooms at home, not only are you going to have fresher longer-lasting mushrooms, but they may also most likely taste stronger and more mushroom-like as the store kinds have a tendency to have a more watered-down flavour. Another benefit of growing mushrooms yourself is that you aren't restricted to the variety displayed in the shops - which sometimes is composed of button mushrooms, Shiitake, Oyster and Portobello. Though Oyster mushrooms are seen to be the simplest kind of mushroom to cultivate, you may attempt to try and grow something that most shops wont ever sell. The Lions Mane mushroom is a bit harder to grow and yet has a taste which is similar to that of lobster, and it is extremely costly to get from consultant shops.

To be ready to grow your own mushrooms first you'll need to settle on a variety. There are loads of eatable mushrooms that may be grown either within your home or outside, most growers accept the oyster mushroom to start with thanks to the ease of growing it ( Oyster, or Pleutorus Ostreateus has a powerful expansion and so is highly likely to grow given the recommended conditions ). When you have selected the sort of mushroom to grow you'll need to find the express growing needs, as all fungus have their own different growing parameters. With the Oyster mushroom you may use either a wood-based substrate ( paper, card etc ) or you can grow it on straw.

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Hunting: Mushroom Hunters Look for Certification to Sell Morels
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 06:34:40 EDT (18 reads)

Hunting CEDAR RAPIDS - A federal food safety rule last year made it nearly impossible to buy wild morel mushrooms. Nothing prevented anyone from going into the woods finding their own and cooking them. But selling morels to someone else legally almost required a degree as a plant pathologist.

But wild mushroom fanciers can soon buy and sell at all sorts of outlets. Thatís because Iowa lawmakers have created a morel inspector certification program to allow the sale safely.

Winifredís chef David Meyer knows his wild mushroom from years of experienceóboth cooking and searching in the woods. But the change in federal food safety rules took morels off his menu last year. He couldnít legally buy from someone who didnít have an expert certification.

Read full story about the certification of morels >>>

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Cultivation: A Guide on Growing Mushroom Indoors
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 06:22:46 EDT (18 reads)

Cultivation Is growing mushroom indoors possible? The answer to that is yes, it is indeed possible. Growing mushroom indoors means that you need to know which types of fungi are best grown inside the house. This is a complete guide on growing your own mushrooms in the comfort of your own home. While this is a subject talked about by many gardeners, these tips should help you jumpstart your very own mushroom collection at home!

When growing mushroom indoors, remember that only certain types of mushrooms will thrive indoors. Some popular types of indoor mushrooms include shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and white button mushrooms. These types have been known to thrive and grow even inside the house. You can find spores of these mushrooms from good dealers online. Do your research and find those that are reputable so that you can acquire your mushrooms from them.

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General: A Very Freaky Fungi
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 06:09:24 EDT (17 reads)

IS it a bear foot or an alien claw?

Thatís the hot topic around Tawonga and Mount Beauty as a property owner, finder, and keeper parade the fungi around the towns.

Whatever the resemblance, it was an unusual find for Mike Canning, who discovered a field of mushrooms on a woodcutting expedition two weeks ago on James Milesís Mountain Creek property.

ďI went back to look for more and found a big 10 metre crop of them in an alienís foot formation,Ē Mr Miles said.

ďThey were growing in a circle, like Stonehenge, and it looks a bit like an alienís foot.Ē

Mr Canning gave a bag of the mushrooms to his mate Stephen Blair who passed them on to his mother-in-law Joan Price.

Read more about the freaky fungus here.

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Hunting: How to find Morel Mushrooms
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, May 04 @ 05:51:10 EDT (20 reads)

Hunting Daryl Johnson shows how to hunt morel mushrooms. He lists the difference between yellow and black morels.

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Posted by Psynaut on Wednesday, January 18 @ 05:07:16 EST (2625 reads)

General Anonymous writes "Reed Business Information Horticulture, publisher of Mushroom Business magazine, has set a new step in providing total mushroom information in September 2005; the launch of a brand new independent website. "

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Field Guide to Mushrooms -Contest Winner
Posted by Psynaut on Wednesday, January 18 @ 05:06:28 EST (1854 reads)

General tnshroomin writes "I just recieved my copy of Field Guide to Mushrooms from the club, thanks Paul. I have a copy of the first edition of Field Book of Common Gilled Mushrooms by William S. Thomas, but this book beats it hands down. I would love to see someone do MIlvaine's book "One Thousand American Fungi" like Marie Heerkens did Thomas's book. Thanks again Paul, it is a beautiful book that I will treasure forever.

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Hunting: Gallery update
Posted by psynaut on Thursday, November 17 @ 12:08:35 EST (1985 reads)

Hunting Here?s some new pictures added from this fall?s hunting adventures:

Blue Chanterelle - Polyozellus multiplex

Chanterelle - Cantharellus cibarius

White Chanterelle - Cantharellus subalbidus


Liberty Cap - Psilocybe semilanceata

Conifer Psilocybe - Psilocybe pelliculosa

Psilocybe cyanescens

Mountain Moss Psilocybe - Psilocybe montana

Shaggy Mane - Coprinus Comatus

Pleurocybella porrigen - Angel's Wings

White Worm Coral - Clavaria vermicularis

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