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This half term holiday I’ve treated myself and Thomas and bought a Brown Button Mushroom Growing Kit.

Brown Button Mushroom Kit - £3.99 with code

Brown Button Mushroom Growing Kit

 Every term Thomas has a school project to do at home and next term’s is titled ‘Growing Food’, so I thought we would get organised and get started on it early by growing our own Mushrooms and taking photographs to show the different stages of growth, as well as having some delicious mushrooms to eat in a few weeks.

Each kit contains everything you will need:

  • A black plastic bag which you use to line the box
  • A clear bag containing the ‘Mushroom Compost’.
  • A black bag containing the ‘Casing Layer’.
  1. Empty the mushroom compost in the bottom of your lined box and lightly firm. Spread over the ‘Casing Layer’ (which has been moistened with half a litre of water) and lightly mix the two layers together leaving the surface rough.
  2. Rest the lid on top of the box at an angle and put in a warm place for about a week and a white fluffy mycelium should appear on the surface.
  3. Remove the lid and place in a cooler dark location, use a mist spray to keep the surface damp.
  4. Mushroom should begin to appear after about a week, pick them as small or as large as you like.

Growing Mushrooms from a kit couldn’t be easier and is a fun and fascinating thing to do, especially with children.

These Mushroom Kits are available now (while stocks last) for only £3.99 with any other purchase from The Recycleworks website.

Gill

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One of my favourite things about Autumn is going mushrooming, it is something that I have done since I was little and it’s something that I now do with Thomas. There’s a mix of excitement, anticipation and expectation as we put on our wellies and set off with our carrier bags but over the past few years there has also been disappointment too as they are now less common in our local fields.

Field Mushrooms are most commonly found after rain in fields and meadows that are grazed by horses, cattle or sheep or even in parks and lawns. The field mushroom has a beautiful white cap that grows from 3-10cm in diameter; it is umbrella shaped at first but flattens out as it grows. Underneath the cap are gills which are initially pink then change to red-brown and then dark brown as they mature. Field Mushrooms can be found from late Summer into Autumn and can be easily confused with other similar varieties which are poisonous, if you are in any doubt don’t pick or eat them.

Although I always love looking for mushrooms I have never really been keen on eating them afterwards.

My advice is to get out there, enjoy the hunt and the fresh air and make it into a fun family competition to see who can spot the first, the biggest, the smallest and the most mushrooms, take your camera with you.

Gill and Thomas, age 2, after a successful mushroom hunt

This photograph was taken in August 2006 and was the last time that we had a good mushroom season.

You can grow your own mushrooms at home with a Mushroom Kit and watch little white dots develop into white ‘buttons’ and then into white umbrellas, they grow like magic and are totally safe to eat. You will get that mix of excitement, anticipation and expectation as you take a peak at them first thing in the morning but of course you don’t need your wellies.

White Button Mushroom Kit

White Button Mushroom Kit

Have a go at growing your own; they are ideal for children and perfect for the winter months when getting out into the garden seems impossible.

Gill

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A Happy New Gardening year to you all, although the weather over the festive period has been very unfavourable for outdoor gardening there are still things that can be grown indoors. One of my favourite things that I grew as a child were indoor mushrooms using a mushroom growing kit, this is very easy to do and very rewarding. Mushroom kits are available with either white or brown mushrooms which are both equally delicious. Mushrooms are excellent for children to grow and there is great excitement at looking in the box in the morning to find perfect edible mushrooms. 

White Button Mushroom Growing Kit

The mushroom growing kits include all the equipment and instructions that you need to get started including quality spawned compost, a growing container and culturals. The process involved is quite straightforward:

First moisten the casing layer contained in the black bag.

After an hour empty the bag over the compost in the growing container and spread out evenly using your fingertips slightly mixing into the compost underneath and leaving the surface rough.

Moisten the surface of the compost using a bottle sprayer.

Place the black plastic bag that contained the casing layer over the top of the kit and place in a warm environment for about a week until a white fluffy mycelium appears.

Remove the lid and place in a cooler draught free position checking daily that the contents do not dry out and using the bottle sprayer to keep the surface damp.

Mushrooms should begin to appear after about a week, these can be harvested when they are small or as large as you like.

The first crop of mushrooms can be harvested for about four days after this repeat the process for a second crop.

Mushrooms are very useful ingredient in many recipes but I think that one of the best ways to use them, if you have a plentiful supply, is a hearty and warming mushroom soup which is very welcome on these cold winter days.

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