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Garden Mushrooms

Posted by Rina Veltkamp on

There are so many options for how we can start growing and using mushroom in our garden space. I have a few varieties in stock and i do hope to get a few more in and grow out before

How do Mushrooms benefit us in our garden space? 

How can i get the most out of using mushrooms in my garden? 

What type of mushroom can i grow in my garden and also eat?


Let we walk you though all these question and more in this blog post. 


So how's that perennial bed doing that you have those wood chips all over? How about if i told you. That you could grow edible mushrooms there and help keep the weeds away? As well as help those perennial plant grow bigger and stronger?

King Stropharia or (Wine Caps) make great mushroom to use in your perennial beds. Helping to break down that soil and feed nutrient to your perennial plants. These  mushrooms are also gorgeous with there bright red caps and white stems. Fun fact about these bad boy mushrooms is they can grow up to 5 pounds per mushroom, Man that's a lot of good eats. 


How about integration mushrooms:gardens using other types of ? 

Now some of these techniques i would say are still experimental but fun to try and see if you can get them to work non the less. 


Using Enokitake mushroom spores you can spread  them at the bottom of a current bush that you have growing in your yard.  They seem to really enjoy growing around current bushes. 


Or try spreading Saffron milk cap spores around the base of a pine tree you have growing in your yard. This type of mushroom only grows by and around pine trees but its a cool experiment to test out and see if it works. 


Morel beds. 

Morels are everybody's favorite mushroom. With the right setup you can create morel beds in your yard. They tend to like lime base soils and do best under a tree due to they relationship they create with trees around them. If you have a farm yard with a nice tree patch this is the perfect place to create a morel bed. 


Another great garden mushroom is Wood Blewit:

Blewits (Clitocybe nuda = Lepista nuda) are lilac to purple mushrooms that can be found fruiting during the fall and winter months.

They like a heavy frost or freeze to initiate fruiting, for this reason blewits will not fruit in tropical climates. They taste mild and silky, and are best sliced and seared before adding to creamy potatoes soups with a dash of Sherry!

A great recycler of hardwood leaves and compost, we mix this into our kitchen compost, shredded leaves, and mulch it into our vegetable garden, where it fruits. Two flushes a few weeks apart are normal. Beautiful purple-lilac caps. Spore print is white, this one can resemble a Cortinarius mushroom (spore print is rusty orange) so make sure you have a positive ID before you consume them!



As always make sure you properly identify your mushrooms before you eat them. 


Enjoy the Journey Moss Mama  


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