Growing your own mushrooms is sustainable, fun, and easy to get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
Most mushrooms grow best on hardwood trees, but there are also a few species that proliferate on softwoods. Oak is often suggested. If you are using another type of wood it is preferable to use trees with a thick outer bark and higher ratio of sapwood to heartwood.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the denser the wood, the longer it will take to decompose, thereby it will continue to produce mushrooms for a longer period of time.
You’ll need some spores to get you started which can be bought as wooden pegs which have been inoculated for you. If you can’t find any at your local garden center you can order some online on Amazon, for instance. Some other varieties on sale via Amazon include: Reishi, Pink Oyster, Pearl Oyster, and King Oyster.
You’ll need a drill to create holes in which to insert the dowels.
Melt some wax down and cover the holes after inserting the pegs to protect against the elements and unwanted infection.
After your first harvest, new mushrooms will continue to pop out every 2-3 weeks. Enjoy!