Growing Mycelium (Lo-tech indoor mushrooms)

Jane Fox set up a low-tech mushroom farm to grow Oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom spawn is mixed with substrate (sterile straw pellets). An incubation space needs to be dark and warm – temperature of 20 C is suitable.

The lumps and strands of white mycelium are spreading through the substrate. The incubation phase is around 14-21 days. When the plastic bags are white with mycelium they are 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. Oyster mushrooms are aggressive and easy to grow.

Incubation at 21 days and the mycelium is growing nicely.

During this pilot the mycelium was allowed to fruit and the mushrooms eaten.