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.
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.
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