How to Grow Mushrooms in All Seasons

Find out how to grow mushrooms in all weather conditions and how to upgrade your outdoor gardens to protect your plants.

| September 2018

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    Reishi mushrooms growing in a fallen tree log.
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    “How to Grow Mushrooms from Scratch” teaches readers how to grow a variety of edible mushrooms.
    Courtesy of The Experiment

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In How to Grow Mushrooms from Scratch (The Experiment, 2018) by Magdalena Wurth and Herbert Wurth, readers will find an abundance of tips for growing different varieties of edible mushrooms. Discover the best places to plant mushrooms, varieties available, and what will work best for you. Find the excerpt in Chapter 5, ““Protected” Environments for All Seasons.”

“Protected” Environments for All Seasons

Mushrooms sometimes require protection from the sun, rain, or other less than ideal weather conditions. Some mushrooms (e.g., reishi, lion’s mane, pink oyster) require more attention than others or involve specialized techniques, which suggest growing them in their own isolated, protected environment.

There are several ways to provide for such a protected environment:

  • erecting a roof over your outdoor culture(s)
  • building a mushroom greenhouse in the shade
  • a smaller, indoor greenhouse (can be a simple plastic tunnel or more complicated technical equipment)

Advantages of “protected” environments:

  • maintain high humidity
  • minimize pests
  • easier to control environmental conditions
  • protect against unfavorable weather conditions
  • rapid mushroom growth
  • increased number of mushroom flushes

Erecting a Protective Roof in the Garden

A protective roof may be of great help in grow­ing mushrooms during long periods of rain or if there is insufficient shade available in the garden. Prolonged rains soak straw cultures to such a degree that mycelial growth slows or mycelium may even die. Mushrooms  being grown in beds on the ground can also benefit from a protective roof. If the purpose of the roof is only to provide shade, a wooden frame with reed mats or an awning should do the trick.

Wooden posts can be sunk into the ground and topped with a dual-layered reed mat (from a hardware or garden store) fastened with wire or string. The shade roof should extend beyond the mushroom culture. Select a height that allows space and access for harvesting.

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