Growing mushrooms at home is one of the ways you can start to get a bit of food self-sufficiency. It is very cheap to try it out and doesn’t require much space at all but it can be gradually expanded so that you are growing a wide range of mushrooms, or one type of mushroom on a large scale.

How To Get Started Growing Mushrooms At Home (From EASY to HARD)

Where to begin?
The easiest way to give growing mushrooms a try is to buy a kit. There are a few different varieties of mushrooms that can be grown with the various kits, but they all contain a block of spawned compost/fruiting block (this has the mushroom culture inside of it) which is where the mushrooms grow from. These kits cost around £10 - £15 and contain everything you need to get started. You should also get a spray bottle as well so that you can keep the mushrooms moist.

Here are a couple of UK websites to buy the kits from:
https://www.merryhill-mushrooms.co.uk/buy-a-kit.html
https://www.suttons.co.uk/vegetable-fruit-plants/grow-your-own-mushrooms/

Mushrooms like to grow in a humid and moist environment however if you don’t have this then you might run into problems. One way to get around this is to make a fruiting chamber. This is basically a clear plastic storage box with a lid that has holes drilled all around it and then the bottom is filled with perlite which has been soaked in water. The video below is a great guide on how to use a kit, as well as making your own fruiting chamber.

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What next?
Once you have gotten the hang of growing mushrooms from kits, the next way to upgrade is to grow mushrooms from a pre-made spawn. Just like with the kit's fruiting block, the mushroom culture is on the grain, plugs, sawdust etc. which can be used to grow mushrooms in a variety of different ways and can result in a higher yield than with kits. Bags of pre-made spawn vary in price depending upon type of mushroom and the size of the bags, but cost around £3 - £18.

Here are a few UK websites to buy the pre-made spawn from:
https://www.gourmetmushrooms.co.uk/product-category/sawdust-substrate-spawn/
https://www.annforfungi.co.uk/product-category/grain-spawn/
https://www.dobies.co.uk/Garden/Vegetables/Vegetable-Seeds/Mushroom-Plug-and-Kits/list.htm#?pl=500

Mushroom spawn self-sufficiency
The ultimate way to grow mushrooms is to grow your own mushroom culture and use it to make your own spawn. This will allow you to be more self-sufficient in terms of growing mushrooms as you don’t have to rely on other people for your mushroom spawn; however it will require some specialist equipment and a lot more space.

Useful YouTube channels:
FreshCap Mushrooms
GroCycle