That said, mushrooms aren't difficult to grow. Plus there are types which you could be harvesting in just a few weeks.
Although there is a market for mushrooms which are sourced by walking in the woods, there is also a continual need by restaurants who are looking for a reliable source. This can be from cultivation.
Button and oyster mushrooms are the easiest to grow and if you are just beginning, these are ideal to begin with.
These can be grown in logs, in plastic bags and some have even grown them in laundry baskets! In other words, they will grow in just about anything as long as it is rich in nutrients. Remember mushrooms are grown from spores, not seeds.
The spores can be bought online from reputable dealers.
Requirements for growing mushrooms are darkness, humidity and fertile soil.
They can grow on straw, cardboard, wood chips etc. This should be sterilized by soaking it in boiling water before using. This is then placed on top of the fertile growing mixture which can be home produced compost or purchased in a store. Think of this like a lasagna, you will be working in layers. Starting from the bottom.
- Fertile compost
- Straw, wood shavings or cardboard
- Mushroom spores
Depending on your ambient humidity you may or may not need to cover your growing area. A humidity tent can be made using a plastic bag or sheet of plastic which is kept elevated using sticks.
Instructions regarding the humidity levels usually accompany the spores when you purchase them. If you aren't certain about the humidity in your area, check your local weather channel online where that information is available.
You should see the first growth in about 3 weeks and harvesting shortly after that at a month to 6 weeks.
If you are growing them for your own consumption then you can harvest fresh daily. If you are planning to sell to a restaurant, keep in contact with them so they are ready to pay and accept delivery as soon as you harvest. If you provide an exceptional product and are easy to deal with, they will be a valuable and loyal customer.