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Since I have a fungi habit I was thinking that I could embrace home fungi growing.

It is a straightforward newbie DIY,  depending on your  choice of mycological kit.

Last mushies I grew were leftovers in a few bags of mushroom compost.

While i've preferred the campestris -- as I have  said  on occasion -- the field mushroom -- looking at the wherewithal, growing oyster mushrooms seems do-able, even for me.

But at $45 per kit-- am I gonna get my money's worth?  I know you can skill up and later farm without being kit reliant, but today I purchased 150 grams of packaged fresh oyster mushies for $3.50. You can even get more exotic Korean grown Oyster Mushrooms imports for under $5. I got some of those too. King oysters which look like the image at right. (Grown and sold here usually for $22.45 per kg)

My maths suggests that I need more than a kilogram from any 'kit' to make the investment worthwhile.

Or am I mistaken? How productive can these kits be?

Has anyone had experience or have some advice, tips and such?

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These kits are just a way for spawn suppliers to make extra money, more of a novelty and definately not economical. I am halfway through my Paul Stamens mushroom growing book and will hopefully get some fruiting rooms built b4 summer hits. These guys have some good info and this video is the best I have found in relation to mushroom  costs.

Watch "Economics Of Mushroom Production" on YouTube

Hi Doug, are you referring to Paul Stamets book "Mycelium Running".  He's an interesting guy.  Also have you thought of using a secondhand shipping container?  I came across a guy growing a range of mushrooms in shipping containers a few years ago.  I think they may have been the insulated refrigerated containers so that he was able to regulate the temperature fairly easily.

I have his growing edible mushrooms book, more of a textbook on everything from cloning, agar cultures, making grain spawn through to cultivation - very comprehensive.

I can easily build a chamber as my building company is a distributor for bondor who make insulated panels for coldrooms and insulated roof panels. Have enough odd panels at my shed to build a small innoculation and fruiting room. My plan later down the track is to convert one bay of my 16x8m shed(4  4mx8m bays) into these rooms and maybe chuck a substrate mxing area and lab in one for work in front of a laminar flow hood. 

Landline yesterday (30/8) had an interesting segment on growing and using Australian native mushrooms.

The plan for "Doug's Mushroom House" sounds great and especially as you have access to suitable insulated materials.

Having used 3 kits,  I wouldn't buy one again. Not value for money in my view.  

Yes. I think my questions have been answered. The GroCycle vids etc that Doug linked to are very useful.

Tonight's dinner:Oyster mushrooms braised with sweet peppers and served as a taco filling with a dollop of sour cream.
As they say in the classics, 'Real yummy. This must be Tuesday!'
The precise location of heaven on earth has never been established but it may very well be inside this taco...

Goodbye button mushrooms and Swiss Browns...I am now on a quest.

I purchased the Oyster mushrooms for tonight's repast -- but I reckon I'm a sure in to start growing my own. So long as I keep my eye on the weather -- re the ambient temperature and the humidity.

Locally, I can shop for and purchase Grey oyster, King oyster and White oyster mushrooms to eat. So I can explore taste and texture while I learn to  farm up out back.

Yeah fresh oyster mushys are as good as meat and I am a true carnivore. 

Can  get pink oyster grain spawn in the summer and yellow in winter from a few places some local.

Oh, to be young again!!!!!

Rob Bob's Aquaponics & Backyard Farm - YouTube shows a way to grow lo tec but probably need to look at time of year as can get too hot in summer  and may need to control humidity.


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