It is easy to grow mushrooms in your home. Mushroom growing kits are readily available in the garden stores. These kits are easy to use and by following the instructions, you can begin harvesting mushrooms within a few weeks.
Mushroom kits can be used for growing button mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shiitake. Different mushroom categories have different temperature and moisture requirements. The button mushroom varieties, such as Portobello or Crimini mushrooms do not require sunlight, and can be easily grown indoors.
Compared to other forms of cultivated mushrooms, these mushrooms take more time to fruit, however, they produce greater yield. Although, oyster mushrooms are available in different colors, but the white ones are easiest to grow. Both Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms grow in a temperature range of 55 to 75 degree Fahrenheit.
Take a wooden tray or box. Fill it with about six to seven inches of compost and water. To make compost for growing mushroom, you need straw, crushed corncobs, hay and gypsum. Keep the compost ingredients in a compost bin, and place it for three to four weeks to rot in the sun. Remember to cover the compost bin to trap the heat. Mushrooms are sensitive to humidity. Ensure that the compost is moist but not soggy. Add dry mushroom spawn flakes to the compost.
Take a wooden spatula to press the spawn and compost mix. Keep this tray at a temperature of 55 to 75 degree Fahrenheit. While watering, do not pour water, but spray water for even water distribution. Wait for a few weeks, until a white feathery web or mycelia begin to appear on the soil. Cover the white webbing with an inch of damp peat moss. Cover the peat moss layer with few moist newspapers.
Keep the newspaper cover for about ten days. After removing the newspapers, spray water two times every day. Pinheads will soon appear. They would grow into the mushroom of the desired shape.