Hi, so I've never tried growing mushrooms before, so i'm trying my hand in this business haha. Since this is my first time, and I like them, I'm trying portobellas. I couldn't find much online about growing from store bought, except for mostly "DO NOT DO IT". But, I don't have much to use, and I also don't want to spend a lot on something I'm not sure of. I've looked online, and pretty much have come up with what I thought would work the best, since I had nothing to actually go off of haha.
So before I start to bore anyone, what I've done so far, is, I have an aluminum pan, like you'd use to hold food at a bbq. I cleaned it, and I put a layer of coconut husk first (since mushrooms need a good reliable source of moisture) I baked it in the oven, to try to kill off anything that might not be good for the mushroom growing process. Then, I wet the husk, to where it wasn't dripping wet, the right amount of moisture. I took the gills, and spread them around the substrate, and took the stalks, cut them up, and also spread those around. After that, I took used coffee grounds, (what I would believe to be already sterile, from the heat, being "cooked") I spread them over the top, but not completely covering everything. Most of the mushroom parts are mostly visible. I also have a clear plastic lid that goes on top, and once a day, I take it off, and fan the tray.
I started this, 4 days ago, (you probably know, I'm trying to get mycelium) but I started seeing what I hope, and believe to be what I'm looking for. On the third day, I started seeing a small, white, fuzzy substance coming from only about the center of the mushroom bits. There is nothing growing anywhere else, except the mushroom parts, not the substrate, also not on all the pieces yet, just a few. Now, from what i've read, that's good, what I want.
Again, I am totally brand new to this, so any information/tips, for any part of the process, would be awesome. I'm hoping, I don't get too much bad criticism, but its better than nothing haha.