So I'm getting a small plot that I can do whatever I want to on, except trees and livestock, which led to to think hey maybe I can finally try mushrooms. Only thing is I don't know where to start. So let's start with what I know:
Mushrooms are amazing!
They are yummy!!
They can occupy nitches in my garden not currently being used.
They need shade?
Now if anyone can give me good websites (preferred) or books ( also good) for mushroom growing at my knowledge level you will have made anouther man into a fungi... Terrible pun I know, but I couldn't resist.
well im sure someone will say fungiperfecti.com at some point, thats paul stamets site, from my understanding Paul Stamets is the leading mushroom proffessional in the world right now
that site also gives you the oppurtunity to order a free catalog with all their products and stuff, but beware, you may develop a desire to spend a lot of money looking at such a catalog:D
i also recommend Shroomotopia.net as they are a forum and i find that forums are generally speaking a GOLD MINE of information, great place to get into mushroom cultivation:)
for books, pretty much anything from Paul Stamets, such as mycelium running or anything else he's written (im not certain what his other titles are) or anything on mushrooms you find i suppose, but ask questions at shroomotopia.net and they should have plenty of info for you
As mentioned above, the books by Paul Stamets are the best, especially "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" and "Mycelium Running", but for mushroom spawn supplies, I always recommend the folks at Field and Forest Products from Peshtigo, Wisconsin (fieldforest.net). They have high quailty, fresh spawn with lots of strains of shiitake and oyster mushrooms to choose from. They also have a free paper catalog with lots of info for beginners on how to grow mushrooms.
yeah if you're looking for supplies the reccommended sites are different than info sites
i personally like thesporedepot.com
1 lb of oak plugs for $.90 which is quite a bit cheaper than what i spent to get mine
they have about 17 edible/medicinal/novelty strains last i checked, i dont keep track of their other spores though as i dont really grow actives myself