Back to the Roots Mushroom Garden

After receiving possibly the best gift ever: a kit that allows me to simply grow my own mushrooms at home, I’ve been following the successes of the pair behind Back to the Roots. Their business is local and clever, and admirably supports sustainability as well as a way for children to learn about nature and food. I urge you to check out their site and grow your own oyster mushrooms from a box. Here are a couple pics from the beginning of my mushroom growing adventure, plus simple directions as found inside the kit or online.

Grows up to 1.5 lbs

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Remove the rectangle cutout in the front of the box.
  2. Take the bag out of the box and slit the plastic in an X shape from corner to corner.
  3. Submerge the bag in a cold, water-filled bucket for 24 hours, placing a weight on top to keep it from floating.
  4. Remove from water, shake off excess, then place back in box and on a plate.
  5. The box should be near fresh air and indirect light, but not in an air-conditioned room.
  6. Continue misting the soil under the slits about 2X / day, applying 2 – 4 sprays each time.
  7. Ideal harvest is when the largest caps reach about 1-1.5 in in diameter.
  8. Repeat steps 1 – 6 through the back of the box for second crop.

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  • December 1, 2012 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

    As spring reluctantly returns, even those of us without the tiniest garden space get the urge to grow some of the food we eat. Now you can, right on your windowsill. With the BTTR Gourmet Garden Kit from Back to the Roots, you can grow a crop of gourmet pearl oyster mushrooms in about ten days. Each kit produces two one-pound crops.

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