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I received a mailing in a garden ad packet about a kit to grow Morel mushrooms. I'm not one to buy what the ads are for but that got me thinking, how hard/expensive/space using is it to purposely grow specific mushrooms? Obviously you set up the right conditions and add spores. Anybody here do it? What conditions do you need exactly? What kinds could be grown in the Midwest?
 

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No specific advice, but thought you might be interested in requesting the <a href="http://www.fungi.com/" target="_blank">Fungi Perfecti</a> catalog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Somewhat informative in and of itself.
 

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I second Fungi Perfecti! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> They offer spores and all the info you might want to grow some. I was just recently pondering growing enoki mushrooms myself.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: Need I say more?? lol Wonder if customs will allow them into Australia!?
 

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Oh, I hope someone on here has grown them. I am really thinking about doing this. I will check out the link <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I've heard that it's hard to get Morel's to grow from a kit. Hopefully, it will work for you. I know that they like to grow on dying elm trees. I think that other types of mushrooms are easier to grow at home. Like Shitaake (sp?).
 

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My dad loves the Maitaake (Hen of the Forest) mushrooms in omelets, a farm near him in southern Cali grows them. I don't much like those or shitaake. Never tried morel, I hear they're tasty, but if they're that hard I'll skip it if I go into this. I like beech mushrooms, and oyster. Apparently, from the site, you can grow them in a normal garden bed with the right substrate added (sawdust, wood chips, straw, whichever the mushroom likes). And it takes a long time to see them pop up the first time. That would be awesome for nitrogen fixing too I'll bet! I need to try some more wild or semi-wild mushrooms from the store if I'm going to pick something and grow it, I need to find out what I love.
 

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What kind of mushrooms are nitrogen fixers? I know white (button) mushrooms are nitrogen hogs. We watched an ep of Dirty Jobs where he was working at a mushroom farm and they planted the mushrooms in straight compost, which was discarded after a single harvest. They specifically said that it still had enough nitro for the average home gardener, but not enough for mushrooms.
 

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Well I will keep you all posted because I am trying a couple of kits.<br><br>
I ordered a morel kit which suggested adding the spores to a disturbed site, like when starting a new lawn. I was in the process of turning some cultivated soil to meadow, so I thought why not throw some mushrooms in the mix and see what happens. I planted last fall. I guess the success rate is only estimated at about 50% if you do everything right.<br><br>
I also bought some plugs. These were fun, and I actually had mushrooms sprouting out of the package before I got the plugs into the logs. What you do is drill the right size hole, and just tap the innoculated plugs into hardwood logs. You're supposed to wrap them in plastic, but I haven't done this. I did the plugs last fall, and they've been inactive in my cold room since, but I suspect that the temp is too low, and hope that once it warms up I'll see some results. I know it's a gamble, but we love mushrooms, so I had to try.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Yes, please do keep us updated!<br><br>
DH and I are planning on doing shiitakes and possibly a button/portabella kit later in the year. We're really excited about doing the shiitake logs and are poking around craigslist and the neighborhood to find just the right set of logs to innoculate and fruit on. It's a fun quest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We're also seeking a dehydrator so that we can preserve our harvest.
 

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Mother Earth News has a nice interview with the owner of Fungi Perfect all about mushrooms right now: <a href="http://motherearthnews.com" target="_blank">http://motherearthnews.com</a><br><br>
My son and I are actually planning to try growing some this year. we have our Christmas Tree out in the back yard right now (allegedly for birdie cover, but we haven't seen a single bird go near it) , and I was thinking come spring we could strip the branches and colonize the trunk. It is about 5" in diameter, so smaller than what they recommend, but that's what I have, so I figured it is worth a try.
 

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I received a mailing in a garden ad packet about a kit to grow Morel mushrooms. I'm not one to buy what the ads are for but that got me thinking, how hard/expensive/space using is it to purposely grow specific mushrooms? Obviously you set up the right conditions and add spores. Anybody here do it? What conditions do you need exactly? What kinds could be grown in the Midwest?
What was your experience in growing mushrooms? Any difficulty you have faced which we can avoid? I am really interested in growing mushrooms on my end and doing some research on where to start, I am going to buy mushroom spores soon to start the process asap
 
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