You may well see mushrooms growing just about everywhere.
Perhaps you are walking through some woods and they are sprouting on old tree roots, broken branches and elsewhere. Or you may be walking through or near to fields that appear to be full of one sort of mushroom or another.
Then there are the urban environments. When you are in or around damp cellars and similar places, it’s not unusual to see multiple outcrops of mushrooms.
So, given this background, you may be drawn into thinking that mushroom cultivation is easy. Well, it’s not quite so straightforward.
Nature can sometimes be a bit perverse and what it makes easy for itself,might prove to be insurmountably problematic for you. Certainly in some respects, that can be true of mushroom cultivation.
For a start, if you’re planning to start cultivating mushrooms, you will need to decide whether you are doing it as a hobbyist and using your product exclusively for your own use. Your approach then might be significantly different to if you are considering doing it commercially, in which case a whole different raft of issues apply – including those involving the sordid business of funding.
For the hobbyist, one of the easiest ways to start getting into mushroom cultivation is to purchase a pre-prepared kit. These come in various shapes and sizes and with various types of mushrooms included.
The starting point will usually be a pack of ready-to-go growing medium. That will come with mushroom spawn or spores that you will scatter or otherwise distribute mushroom growing kit into the prepared medium.
You then usually find instructions relating to what to do with respect to things like watering, humidity, temperature and light exposure. The instructions are typically relatively straightforward and in the vast majority of cases you will be getting guaranteed results.
If you’ve never tasted freshly-grown and picked mushrooms before and believe they normally come in tins, frozen packs or dried, you are in for a great culinary surprise!
If you are thinking about small business or commercial production involving mushrooms, be a little cautious and do your research thoroughly.
The success you so easily achieved with a mushroom growing kit isn’t going to be based upon an approach that is feasible for producing them on a commercial scale. If you plan to go out and buy a huge number of kits and sell your produce, well, the chances are you’re going to go bust fairly quickly.
You are going to have to produce your own growing medium – and that is a skilled and far from easy job that takes place over extended timescales. You are also going to need to do it on a commercial scale, so you’re going to need a lot of space.
Then there is the business of working with mushroom spores and spawn. Space doesn’t permit a full discussion of this but you’re going to have to get to grips with some chemistry and biology, as well as some related scientific techniques.