Have you been looking for an alternative way to grow some sort of food indoors during other then your normal gardening season? Do you reside in an area where your usual temperatures drop extremely low? Are you looking for an alternative method to raise the equivalent amount of food that you would have in a small garden patch? If this is a problem for you then perhaps this article would be of some benefit to you.As with any type of plant you must understand that the light intensity of your growing area goes down according to the inverse square law. What this means is a light half the distance to your plant will provide you with four times the light energy that is getting to the plant. In this respect you should always look for plants that you can effectively place closer to the lights that you have installed. Examples of this would be sprouts. Sprouts are simple to grow and they take up very little space. They generally do very well with an indoor environment as well as providing a welcome addition to your existing diet.

The one thing that you must keep in mind is the amount of money which you will spend on electricity in order to power your growth lights. Even during those areas where you can normally grow vegetables outdoors it never hurts to start your plants inside during the spring months.

One excellent solution would be to raise some  mushrooms . Growing  mushrooms  can be accomplished in any climate at any time of the year. They also provide a good addition to your usual diet.

 Mushrooms  are great for increasing the flavor of your cooking and you are presented with many varieties from which to choose from. You do not require a formal garden in order to grow then and since they are a fungus, they can readily be raised in dark crawlspaces beneath your home. Mushrooms  are one of the few plants that grow without the benefit of chlorophyll. This means that the plant must receive all its nutrition from the material they grow upon. One of the best materials for growing your  mushrooms  in is based upon a combination of pulverized corn cobs or straw with nitrogen supplements and gypsum added. If you feel like being a do it yourselfer then you can readily create your own medium by using a little rice flour and vermiculite. You merely have to spread it over your holding container.

Many retailers are available on the internet that can provide you with  mushroom  kits that are complete with spores and all the necessary supplies you would need to grow them in the comforts of your home. When selecting your variety to grow you are presented with a choice of the ever popular Portabella, Crimini, Beech, Enoki, Shiitake, or a host of other great  mushrooms . Since each of them will have their own cultural requirements you should read the enclosed instructions carefully.

The  mushroom  kits usually range in price from $25 and up depending upon how you plan to grow them. You can even grow these little jewels by using sterile jars. Fill each of the jars with your selected medium and spread the spores over it. In order to regulate the amount of moisture and the temperature you can install a sort of dome housing on the jar.

Growing your  mushrooms  is usually very quick and you should be able to harvest yours in a matter of only a few weeks at the most.

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