Growing Mushrooms In Your Garden
If you are one of the many people who love to include mushrooms in your meals, you have undoubtedly wondered how to grow mushrooms yourself in your garden. There are many different types of garden fungus, each with their own gardening concerns. The best method of temporary control is to break them apart with a rake routinely as part of your normal garden maintenance. To grow mushrooms in your garden, locate as flat an area as possible with sandy loam, well-draining soil at the base of naturally occurring hardwood trees such as oak, poplar, ash, maple, etc. Burnt, dying or dead trees indicate a good area for the mushroom patch. Locate the mushroom patch where it receives full sunshine at least during the morning hours with shade in the afternoon. Designate a patch of ground about 5-by-10-feet square to grow the mushrooms. Mushrooms require lots of care and anything larger is difficult to maintain. Fence in the mushroom patch with chicken wire to protect it from foot traffic and animals.
Till the ground at least 1 foot deep, working in chipped or shaved hardwood, straw, compost or sawdust as the mushroom draws nourishment from the decaying wood. Plant mushrooms in early spring after the last freeze for best results. Spread mushroom mycelium, available from garden centers and online sources, evenly on top of the soil, and cover with another 6 to 8 inches of wood chips, sawdust, straw or compost. Water the soil with a fine spray immediately after planting until the soil is moist to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Thereafter, water the mushrooms whenever the soil is dry to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Do not over-water, and take into account any rainfall that may occur.