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How to grow button mushrooms?

 
Erica Daly
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In my elementary school years, a local family foraged for mushrooms locally. One day everything changed. The hospital saved all but one. I did not like
mushrooms back then and avoided them for many years. Now I like button mushrooms and tried a few times to grow using coffee grounds, without success.
I bought a kit from a store and had success, but not a fan of its taste. I will keep on trying and enjoy watching mushrooms pop up in my tiny yard in the shade of the oak
trees. I encourage anyone that complains about mushrooms in their yard that they are a sign of healthy soil and that mushrooms are a good sign. I tell them
that they help spread nutrients and they should be worried if nothing grew instead. I would be happy to take their mushrooms if they change their mind. No one has
yet to give me their mushrooms!
Any suggestions on success growing button mushrooms (temperature, humidity, etc) please advise.
 
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Erica - Your post seemed like it would get better attention as its own topic, so I separated it out and gave it an appropriate title.
 
Jay Muir
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Off the top of my head, I had thought that button mushrooms are one of the more difficult kinds to grow?
I think it's because they are the sort of mushroom that grows on already semi-composted materials, which is why commercially they are grown on manure compost (I think?)

In home growing personally I've stuck to the 'easier' mushrooms which are the type that grow on wood waste. Stropharia mushrooms are what I grow because they are the closest to store-bought button mushrooms from what I can gather (I don't like oyster mushrooms much). If you pick them when they're young they are so tender and taste somewhat like portabello. So not exactly button mushrooms but not that far...

In addition they seem to thrive on neglect. I threw the mycelium that I bought into a garden bed mulched with wet cardboard and wood chips and pretty much left it to its own devices, and with the fairly regular rains that we get here through the summer they pop up on their own three times a year - and they are perennial!

Anyways, those are my thoughts ... hope it helps.
 
Ken W Wilson
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Is anyone cultivating meadow mushrooms? They are very closely related to button mushrooms. I think they taste the same but have more flavor. Maybe button mushrooms have more flavor if grown outside though. I used to have them in 4 places in my yard. I've only seen a couple in the last few years. I'm hoping the weather hasn't been right at the right time and they'll be back.

It seems like they would be very easy to cultivate, if button mushrooms turn out to be difficult.
 
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