Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I see mushroom clusters

Yellow oyster mushroom clusters

I started the month with mushrooms and I'm ending it with mushrooms. It seemed as if nothing would come of the mushroom kit (yellow oyster) that I had purchased, but this is what it looks like today. The instruction pamphlet calls them "clusters". I'll update once a week with photos.

Mushroom clusters

12 comments:

  1. Those are looking super-promising! Mmm, I'm already imagining them in a delicious mushroom soup (OK, maybe a bit early in the game :)).

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  2. When you buy them at the store, the visuals don't run through your head about how these basically come from spores. And you both know the variety of gourmet mushrooms available for consumers! Here's crossing fingers that they will actually develop into something worth cooking.

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  3. Rowena, that is wonderful! They look so healthy and happy. Is that white stuff under the plastic mycelia from the shrooms?

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  4. Mushroom recipes coming up in December? :)

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  5. Gail - I gave them too much love! Those 3 above began to look sick a few days later and the only thing that I can blame it on is the misting they got every day which often included a few tablespoons of water. I just wasn't sure if it needed to be humid in the container and well...when I tipped it slightly a whole lot of water came pouring out. Then I left the whole thing in the corner and did not water them at all and some new growth started showing up again, but unfortunately it coincided with our departure for the holidays and of course, with the heat being turned off the poor things shriveled up and died! I'm willing to give it another go and do the coffee grind suggestion that someone had given me but first I need to collect enough coffee. I've got a gallon bagful so far. The growing medium is stil damp so I hope it will all work out to my benefit!

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  6. Gail - I gave them too much love! Those 3 above began to look sick a few days later and the only thing that I can blame it on is the misting they got every day which often included a few tablespoons of water. I just wasn't sure if it needed to be humid in the container and well...when I tipped it slightly a whole lot of water came pouring out. Then I left the whole thing in the corner and did not water them at all and some new growth started showing up again, but unfortunately it coincided with our departure for the holidays and of course, with the heat being turned off the poor things shriveled up and died! I'm willing to give it another go and do the coffee grind suggestion that someone had given me but first I need to collect enough coffee. I've got a gallon bagful so far. The growing medium is stil damp so I hope it will all work out to my benefit!

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  7. They look nice, eager to swell and grow big. I will grow gray oyster mushroom soon!

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  8. Bangchik - unfortunately my mushroom-growing experiment did not meet with success. They grew only a little bit bigger and then they died!

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  9. I would love to try this but I have too much other toxic fungi spores floating in my area that could contaminate the culture.

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  10. Hort Log - I have given up on mushrooms! They simply do not like my colder alpine environment and never took off like I had hoped.

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