Growing Mycelium (Lo-tech indoor mushrooms)

The first batch of Oyster mushrooms are growing in my low-tech mushroom farm aka a bedroom in the house. The mushroom spawn has been mixed with a substrate of straw pellets and is currently incubating and growing the mycelium. An incubation space needs to be dark and warm. A fairly constant room temperature of 20 C seems to be working. The lumps and strands of white mycelium are slowly beginning to spread through the substrate which it is using for food. The incubation phase lasts about 14-21 days. When the plastic bags are completely white with the mycelium they will be ready to be moved into the fruiting space. A fruiting space needs humidity, light and fresh air for the mushrooms to fruit from the mycelium.

Alongside, enjoying the oyster mushroom harvest I am growing mycelium to experiment with the development of bio-degradable materials for sculptural form.

A primary resource is GroCycle (based in Devon UK) ‘How To Set-up A Low-Tech Mushroom Farm – Growing Mushrooms The Easy Way’. I bought the initial batch of spawn from them too. Oyster mushrooms are said, to be aggressive; meaning they are easy to grow.

21 days on in the incubation room (fairly constant temperature 19-20 C) and the mycelium is growing nicely.