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Grow Mushrooms in a Laundry Basket

 
Abe Connally
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Mushrooms often get overlooked in the grand scheme of gardening, just because they're not plants.

However, they are extremely beneficial to your garden's soil, are highly nutritious, and make a tasty addition to almost any meal. While it's true that some species can be a little tricky to grow, but once you learn a few basic requirements, it is feasible to grow all the mushrooms you can eat.

Each type of mushroom has specific "ideal" requirements for temperature, humidity, light, and nutrition. Some grow in soil, others on compost piles, logs, trees - the list is endless. However, for the beginner, we recommend oyster mushrooms.

Get your feet wet with this most forgiving mushroom and you'll definitely want to advance into the realm of others like Shitake, Paddy Straw, Garden Giant, and more.

Growing oyster mushrooms in a laundry basket is easy, cheap and it's a great project to do with kids. They'll enjoy watching the quick growth of the fruiting bodies as well as the rewards of eating them after harvest.

For detailed instructions, please visit:
http://velacreations.com/food/mushrooms/edible/item/173-oysters-laundry-basket.html

More photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/velacreations/sets/72157624463908734/
 
Ben Plummer
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Nice, thanks Abe!
 
David Hartley
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Good for you!

I use plastic laundry baskets that are about 32 inches tall, about 7x14 at the bottom that tapers to about 9x16 at the top.
 
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