July 18, 2017

Growing oyster mushroom mycelium at home cheap and easy - a great experiment

This is a simple way of learning how oyster mushroom mycelium can be grown, cheaply and easily using readily available supplies and non sterile techniques. Here we take a store bought oyster mushroom and cut bits off of it onto cardboard, to get mycelium running on the cardboard. This is not a method for growing mushrooms, but rather a learning experience that is helpful for future attempts to grow mushrooms.

I shot this when I was fairly new at mushroom growing and really did not know a lot, but I was excited about it. This is NOT a method I use to grow mushrooms, it is a learning exercise. Since mushrooms are the fruit of fungi and mycelium is the body of the fungal organism it is important to understand how it grows and this process will give you a good experience with it and teach you how simple it is to clone mycelium from a mushroom. I leave this video up because it remains high in the SE rankings and hopefully will lead many to learn more about growing mushrooms and mycology by watching my mushroom growing specific videos.

The low-tech methodology I am using and showing others in my youtube videos are meant to make it easy for people to understand how to grow mushrooms at home, as easily as they might grow tomatoes, onions or lettuce. Mycelium can produce foods in as little as 21 days, far faster than any other crop that can be grown, and they can digest a large variety of materials and use them for food.

Even if you don't like to eat mushrooms I believe that those who grow food must understand and use mycelium's at least for it's role in creating healthy soil. Understanding and utilizing this vital segment of living things will help us be able to produce ecosystems that work in our yards, farms and even away from Earth. Mycelium are the great material digesters in the ecosystem, working in concert with bacteria, to turn biological waste material into nutrients that plants and animals can use.

They are not plants nor animals and therefore require us to learn about them separately from the other kingdoms of living organisms. They inhale oxygen and exhale CO2, they do not reproduce the same as either plants or animals and their growth patterns and life cycles bear only a slight resemblance to either plants or animals. But once you understand them it becomes much easier to grow them and use them in your day to day life.

If you want to learn some of the basics of mushroom biology please watch:
Fungi 101 - http://youtu.be/k8uRfYyWH-Q
Fungi 102 - http://youtu.be/UTck--KHKSU

If you want to learn how to grow oyster mushrooms at home please watch -

If you want to learn the processes involved in setting up a home mycology lab: for ongoing mushroom growing and performing mycology experiments, inexpensively, watch my playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=

Society of Enoch

How to Grow Wild Mushrooms Mycelium From Spores (experimental) - Instructables

Oyster Mushroom grain spawn low tek DIY (video) - Society of Enoch
How to Grow Mushrooms on Straw: Making Straw Logs (video) - FreshCap Mushrooms

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