Button Mushrooms – grow them at home
Button or field mushrooms can be seen growing in paddocks at the right time of year. To replicate growing them at home needs a little more than luck…..
Several years ago I grew oyster and button mushrooms for sale on a small scale. This is how I grew the button mushrooms.
I first made a heaving heap of compost out of bales of straw, horse manure, gypsum and water. It was turned every few days to make sure it was well composted and the temperature monitored. After several weeks the compost is ready to use.
Handfuls are mixed with the mushroom spawn in tubs and placed in the growing room.
A week later a special mix of peat and other ingredients is spread over the top of the tubs (casing) and they are put back into the growing room.
The tubs are monitored and misted as the tiny mushrooms start growing and growing over a week or so until they are ready to be picked. They longer they’re left the bigger they get – eventually they become ‘portobello’s’.