Back in December I wrote a post, A Foray Into Fungi, in which I told you about a mushroom kit I'd bought from the pound shop. I said I'd let you know how I got on with it.
The kit came with spawned mushroom compost and growing medium. The instructions said to empty the bag of growing medium over the spawned compost and add water. This was to be placed back inside the box to create a dark environment and put in a warm, dry place (20-24C) for approximately six days. After six days a white, fluffy growth (mycelium) should appear on the surface of the casing layer.
After six days, I could just see this starting to grow so I left it another couple of days before I followed the next instructions.
Remove from the box and place in a cool, dark area (16-20C) out of any draughts. Check contents daily and keep damp using a mist spray. Mushrooms should begin to appear after several days.
Unfortunately, I've left it considerably longer than several days and no mushrooms have appeared. Zilch.
I'm not going to give up. This kit was only a pound and I think it worth trying again if I see them for sale at this price again. I know the amount of mushrooms this kit would produce could probably be bought cheaper at the greengrocers, but it's not half as fun as trying to grow them yourself.
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