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How to Grow Mushrooms (Mycelium)

When you think of gardening, do you ever think to growing mushrooms? Most likely not. You can either grow these creatures of the dark, harvest them in your own woods, or even pick them in a local park.

VERY IMPORTANT: To harvest mushrooms, you must have a good knowledge of which ones are edible, and those that can be fatal if ingested. Unless you really know what you are doing, leave the outdoor harvesting to the professionals.

There are over 10,000 varieties of mushrooms in North America. Only a couple hundred are edible varieties. Unless you know what you are doing, the odds of picking an edible mushroom in the wild, is definitely stacked against you.

Did you know? The study of fungi, including mushrooms, is called Mycology.

Classified as a fungi (or fungus), this member of the plant world is a delicacy all over the world.

Mushrooms live in dark and shady areas, likes forests, caves or even your basement. They thrive in cool, dark conditions with high humidity.

Gardeners can grow mushrooms in their basements or other cool, dark places. Mushroom kits can be obtained from gardening stores. The kit is comprised of a box with soil and mushroom spores included. All you need to do is add water and wait for them to grow.

True of False? Puffballs send clouds of poisonous gas into the air.

Do you give up? Puffballs don't send clouds of poisonous gas. They are a mushroom that emits a cloud of tiny spores. Puffballs can explode suddenly into a puffy, brown cloud. They are a favorite yard play toy of kids, who like to squeeze them.

Commercial mushroom growers use a very specific medium to grow mushrooms. This mushroom soil is called mushroom compost. Specially formulated and organic, home gardeners really love using it in their home gardens. More on Mushroom Compost

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