Urban Farmer: Hydroponic Shrooms * Fresh Air

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The Urban Farmer, Issue #045 *  Hydroponic Mushrooms * Fresh Air

February,
2012:
 
 

          
     
                 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” 

       
~Philosopher Lao Tzu



Hydroponic Mushrooms!

  
 
Mushrooms, if grown hydroponically are grown as
fungi instead of plants. Hydroponically grown mushrooms have a unique appearance
and are of superior quality. Hydroponics basically means
growing plants in nutrient-enriched water solution instead of soil. Here are few
helpful tips on how you can grow hydroponic mushrooms easily in your own
hydroponics garden.
 
Types of mushrooms you can grow hydroponically
are: nameko, shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, button, maitake, cinnamon cap and
enokitake.
 
How to start ?
Growing mushrooms is not a tough job as long as
you’re clear about what you are doing. With the help of hydroponics, improved
size and flavor is guaranteed. You can grow huge quantity of mushrooms even
without having a proper hydroponics garden. Yes!! You read it right; you can
grow mushrooms without a garden. The easiest way to grow hydroponic mushrooms is
by using a mushroom growing kit. This kit is basically a square-shape block of
compressed sawdust of size not less than 12 inches. You’ll get this block with
inoculated mushroom seeds. However, you can build your own sawdust or seed
block.
 
The most popular and convenient method to grow
hydroponics mushroom is soak the sawdust block in cold and non-chlorinated water
for few hours and then put them in dark place with temperature ranging between
60ºF and 75ºF. Mushrooms grow faster in cold water therefore you can get large
amount of edible mushrooms in very less time.
 
Harvests
After your first harvest of mushrooms, you can
keep your sawdust block to rest aside for a week and then reuse it for another
mushroom planting cycle. But, with every new cycle the size and number of
mushrooms might reduce as the amount of nutrients decreases as the same growing
medium is used for many mushroom growing cycles. When the sawdust block is fully
used and is of no use, you can add it in a garden compost pile.
 
Grow hydroponic mushrooms without the
kit

If you wish to grow hydroponic mushrooms without
a kit then you have to start growing some mycelium until it’s big and strong
enough to support a mushroom reproductive cycle. For growing mushrooms you can
use a fresh mushroom, a culture purchased from a culture bank or seeds. Now
place mushroom, a culture or seeds on a Petri dish and allow mycelium to grow
out.

After couple of weeks you’ll see formation of
sterilized grain like wheat, rye or millet. And, after almost 4 weeks mushrooms
will grow on the grain. You can use grain seeds to grow more grain. Carry out
this process in a clean environment to avoid any contamination due to harmful
bacteria or other molds. It’s advisable to clean the growing medium before using
it.  To use this method of growing healthy mushrooms it’s very important to
clean the room and the filter carefully. Hydroponic mushrooms if grown carefully
are easy to grow and can be delicious addition to salads, fries and curries.

 
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 Here’s a basic kit:

          


Oyster Mushroom Patch

The bible on mushroom culture:

          

And here’s a hydro kit we found on the ‘net. We
have not tried this, and would appreciate feedback if you do… (we do not
profit in any way from this link)

               

 
 http://www.budresearch.com/product.php?xProd=36

 



Hydro Tip of the Month-

 

Fresh air
If your garden is in a closed off bedroom or small grow room; keep the door open
and the window cracked. Air exchange is a must. Plants deplete the CO2 (carbon
dioxide) in the room, and fresh air must be provided, one way or another. A fan
is a must… just a cheap oscillating fan. The leaves should be moving just very
gently, 24/7.            



We hope you have enjoyed this issue of The Urban Farmer Ezine. Each month, we will bring you another inspiring photo, gardening quote or idea, plus fresh new hydroponics news, techniques & products.

Insiders tips to get you growing…

           

~Stella and Simon from
Hydroponics-Simplified.






 
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