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Put Your Mulch to Double Use: Grow Mushrooms!

Edible mushrooms grown in ordinary garden mulch. Photo: Etienne Durand

E-mail message: I’m a big fan of your blog and read it daily. I wanted to share with you a really great gardening experience from last summer.

Following the advice in your blog, I used mulch for my vegetable garden and flower beds for all the usual reasons: keep weeds down, maintain even soil moisture, keep plants cooler in summer, fertilize the plants, etc. Except I went one better.

Wine cap mushrooms thrive in ordinary garden mulch. Photo: Etienne Durand

I inoculated the mulch (fresh straw and wood chips resulting from tree pruning) with the mycelium of wine cap strophia, also called king strophia (Stropharia rugosoannulata), that I bought on the site Homegrown Mushrooms

Part of my harvest. Photo: Etienne Durand

I had impressive harvests of excellent mushrooms all summer long, including plenty to dry and store for winter, while still being able to harvest a very large number of vegetables from my garden.

I’ve sent you some pictures.

Etienne Durand

Answer: That’s a wonderful idea: two birds with one stone!

Homegrown Mushrooms is a Canadian company and offers their product in that country. American readers could obtain wine cap strophia spawn from Field & Forest Products. In the United Kingdom, try Mushroombox, and in Australia, Forest Fungi.

There are many other companies worldwide offering wine cap strophia (king strophia) spawn and other mushroom spawn as well. Maybe even your local garden center carries it!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

2 comments on “Put Your Mulch to Double Use: Grow Mushrooms!

  1. Delun Kang

    Mushrooms grow on the compost. The compost is produced at specialized companies. From the moment the raw materials are mixed, up to the delivery of the compost to the mushroom farms. The process takes four to six weeks, depends depending on the raw materials and the system used at the Compost yard. When the compost has been delivered at the mushroom farm, it still takes 16 to 20 days before a start can be made with mushroom harvesting. There is a lot of company who are proving good quality log and spawn, Agrinoon(Fujian) Is one of them.

  2. Wild mushrooms are very popular here. Those who hunt them have secret collection sites, like fishing holes. Alder logs are also popular among those who grow their own. I don’t know what is so special about such logs.

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