Growing your own food is a great way to be self-reliant and independent. If you have the space, it's also cheaper than buying food from the store.
If you're interested in growing your own mushrooms, here are some things you'll need:
Mushrooms are easy to cultivate if they have what they need: moisture, temperature control and light exposure. You can create an ideal environment by creating a humidity tent using plastic sheeting or black trash bags overtop of a table or other flat surface area that has been cleared off of contaminants such as dust particles
The first thing you need to do is purchase a pot to grow your mushrooms in. The size of the pot should be appropriate for your mushroom grow, as it needs room to spread out its mycelium and fruit bodies. You can buy these pots from gardening stores or make them yourself with plastic containers or clay pots.
You may also want to get some vermiculite (which we'll talk about later) so that you can mix it with water and use as a substrate for growing your mushrooms on top of if they don't grow well directly into wood chips or straws (the other options).
You also need some kind of substrate or growing medium for the mushrooms to grow on. The substrate can be made from a variety of materials, including:
You'll need an appropriate container for each kind of substrate; this might be something as simple as a plastic bucket or Tupperware container if you're using straw/sawdust mix but if you're going all out then consider buying yourself some fancy containers like these ones from Mycologicals Australia which are designed specifically for growing oysters indoors!
The next step is to get the compost and casing soil. Compost is a mixture of decaying organic material that helps mushrooms grow and has nutrients in it, so you can either buy some or make your own using materials like straw, peat moss, or coffee grounds.
Casing soil is used as an additional layer over your substrate after it's been filled with substrate (or growing medium). Casing soil helps keep moisture levels consistent throughout the growing process and protects against contamination by bacteria spores during incubation periods between flushes (harvests).
You will also need air filters to keep the air circulating so that your mushrooms don't get too hot or cold. If you live in a hot climate, you may want to consider keeping your mushroom growth chamber in a basement or other cool area of your house. You can also use an air conditioner/dehumidifier combination if needed.
Mushrooms grow best when kept at temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees F (12-24 C), with humidity levels between 85% and 95%. They cannot be exposed directly to sunlight as this will damage their delicate spores and cause them not to grow properly; therefore, make sure that all parts of your growing setup remain covered at all times except when watering them once every few days with a spray bottle filled with water mixed 50-50 with distilled vinegar (this mixture helps prevent mold growth).
Other tools such as pH strips to test if your compost is acidic or basic are also useful. These can be purchased at most hardware stores and are readily available for purchase online. They are an easy way to test the pH of your compost, casing soil, or mushroom substrate without having to buy a digital pH meter (which may be more expensive).
The kit I recommend includes everything listed above except for the mushroom patch bags (you'll need these separately)
It's important to have the right equipment when growing food. Mushroom cultivation is an efficient way to grow your own food, but you'll need a pot and some kind of substrate or growing medium for them to grow on.
Mushroom cultivation is a great way to grow your own food and save money on groceries. It's also really fun! You can experiment with different types of mushrooms and see which ones work best in your area.