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How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms Indoors
Posted By admin On December 18, 2013 @ 8:00 am In Food & Health | Comments Disabled
Is frost setting in? Dipping temperatures terminating your backyard projects?
The growing season for temperate climate gardeners is pretty much over by this time of year. But we know locavores are hungry all-year-round, and that’s why we love to publish books to help you take control over your food supply even in the dead of winter. From Eliot Coleman’s easy methods of gardening under cold frames , to Sandor Katz’s techniques  for turning your kitchen into a bubbly fermentation factory, our authors keep the homegrown fun going.
One of our favorite resources for off-season growing or simply growing food year-round in your urban “homestead” is Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting  by R. J. Ruppenthal. The book shows you how to grow vegetables on balconies and patios, but also how to grow some simple and nutritious foods indoors such as sprouts and mushrooms.
This excerpt explains how to start your very own oyster mushroom farm. Give it a try!
Oyster mushrooms are probably the easiest kind of mushrooms to grow. Though they are accustomed naturally to growing in wood, you also can raise oyster mushrooms in a variety of other growing media, including straw or sawdust. The easiest way to begin is with a kit. If you want to experiment on your own, then oysters give you a greater chance of success than other mushrooms. There are dozens of varieties of oyster mushrooms, from pin-sized to trumpet-sized, so check with your kit or spore supplier to see which kinds are available and recommended for your climate. Most grow in an ideal temperature range of about 55 to 65 degrees F.
Most oyster mushroom growing kits consist of either a small inoculated log or a holey plastic bag filled with sterilized, inoculated straw or sawdust. You can make your own kit using any of these materials, but I will recommend one other method that has worked well for many indoor mushroom growers. For this you will need two milk cartons or small waxed-cardboard boxes, enough sawdust to fill them, 2 cups of whole grain flour or coffee grounds, and some oyster mushroom spawn. The basic steps are as follows, but feel free to improvise. If sawdust is unavailable, you could also use straw for this.
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 Eliot Coleman’s easy methods of gardening under cold frames: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_winter_harvest_handbook:paperback
 Sandor Katz’s techniques: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_art_of_fermentation:hardcover
 Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/fresh_food_from_small_spaces:paperback
 Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in a Garage or Yard: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content//?p=1899
 Simple and Tasty Recipes You Can Make Using Your Homegrown Sprouts: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/simple-and-tasty-recipes-you-can-make-using-your-homegrown-sprouts/
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