It’s fall! Flowers and trees are dying back, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop gardening. No! It’s time to grow mushrooms! If you have a 10 x 10 shady spot, you can grow mushrooms.
Why Grow Mushrooms
There is something very satisfying about watching life unfold. First there was nothing. Then there is something. Each day it changes until it’s ready to be harvested. It’s like the whole life cycle happening before your eyes. And you had a hand in creating it. Amazing.
Many mushrooms are edible. It’s also quite satisfying to eat something that you grew from scratch. This may open the door for you to experiment with recipes. So your diet may expand. If you feed them to your animals, they get healthier too.
Mushrooms have a variety of health benefits. Whether you eat them whole, tincture them, or powder them and take them in capsule form, they can boost your health. You will want to check out the specific type that you are interested in growing to see how they help the body stay healthy. Some of the typical benefits are: immunity boosting, lowering blood pressure, lower cholesterol, helps to inhibit plaque build up in blood vessels, reduces inflammation, helps you age more gracefully.
They are Beautiful!
Mushrooms are like flowers. They are all so unique. They spread out in a variety of ways and make pretty shapes. If you want to ooh and ah in the forest, just let a mushroom catch your eye. You will be impressed!
We all like to feel accomplished. When you can create your own food and medicine, you feel a lot more self sufficient. You learn a skill that actually has value. Who doesn’t want that? Not only that, you could even sell them and increase your income. That’s also a way to become self sufficient.
Whenever we interact with Nature we learn something about life, ourselves, and other organisms. There is a whole world in the dirt that we never take the time to explore. Fungi are an integral part of the cycle of life. If you grow some, I think you will deepen your appreciation of the cycle and miracle that is life. Anything that does that is a fabulous way to deepen your animist practice.
They Help the Soil
Soil health is not just about composting and worms. Mushrooms help to break down nutrients and transfer them from organism to organism where they can be used. Mushroom compost makes an excellent growing medium for your vegetables and flowers. Food grow in this is healthier. Life relies on healthy soil.
They Clean the Environment
There have been many studies done on how mushroom can clean toxins from water and soil. They have removed heavy metals and even nuclear waste. Mushrooms to the rescue! If you have environmental concerns, mushrooms could be the answer. But here’s a tip. Do not eat the mushrooms that are grown for this purpose!
Is your interest piqued? I hope so! If you want to get started, here are some U.S. spawn suppliers where you can get what you need.
Fungi Ally – they sell plugs, grain and sawdust spawn. They have oysters, shiitake, lion’s mane, and chestnut mushrooms.
North Spore – they sell plugs, grain and sawdust spawn with lots of varieties of mushrooms
Field and Forest – they sell plug, grain, sawdust, thimble, peg spawn and have a huge variety of mushrooms to choose from
Too much? Want to start small and have mushrooms grown inside your house in ten days? Try this tiny grow kit.
If you are like me, you will quickly get addicted. I have wine caps, turkey tail, and oysters growing. Let’s share pictures and stories! Happy growing!