Mushrooms are a delicious and versatile ingredient that can add flavor and nutrition to any dish. Growing your own mushrooms in plastic buckets is a great way to add homegrown mushrooms to your kitchen. It’s a relatively easy process to set up, so let’s discuss how to do it!
First, you’ll need to choose the type of mushrooms you’d like to grow. Different mushrooms require different types of substrates (the material used to provide nutrients for the mushrooms to grow), so it’s important to research your options. Once you’ve decided on a variety, you’ll need to prepare the substrate. Depending on the type of mushrooms you plan to grow, this could mean mixing together sawdust, straw, and compost, or something else.
Next, you’ll need to sterilize the substrate. This can be done by microwaving the substrate for 15 minutes or by pressure cooking it for an hour. Once the substrate has cooled, it’s time to put it into the plastic buckets. You can fill the buckets up to the rim with substrate, and then make sure to pack it down with a spoon or other utensil.
Now it’s time to add the mushrooms. You can buy mushroom spawn or mycelium online, or you can harvest it from the wild. Once you have your spawn, you’ll need to mix it into the substrate. The best way to do this is to make small indentations in the substrate and add the spawn directly into the indents.
Now that the buckets are prepped, it’s time to incubate them. Place the buckets in a cool, dark place and make sure to mist them with water every day. In about two weeks, you should begin to see mushrooms sprouting from the substrate. Once the mushrooms are big enough, you can harvest them and enjoy!
Growing mushrooms in plastic buckets is a great way to bring homegrown mushrooms to your kitchen. With the right substrate, spawn, and incubation conditions, you’ll be enjoying delicious mushrooms in no time. This is a very simplified description of how to grow mushrooms, want to get the skills come join us at one of our classes.