Friday, December 19, 2014

How To Grow Mushrooms in a 5-Gallon Bucket

Growing mushrooms in a five-gallon bucket is easy. In today's video, my friend Mart shows us how.


I'm quite impressed with the simplicity of this method of growing mushrooms. Mushrooms are an excellent addition to anyone's diet and with how easy they are to cultivate - particularly in the case of Oyster mushrooms - I could see this idea taking off on homesteads.

Mart sent me home with the bucket we created and I'll be keeping an eye on it. The photos at the end of this video are ones he took at his place.

You can find the cool drill bit we were using here. And the reamer/deburring tool is here.

Also, Firehouse Subs sells their used buckets for a couple of bucks - that's an easy way to get started on the cheap.

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3 Comments:

At December 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Phyllis Franklin said...

Oh, I am definitely doing this! I have lots of cool wet shade on the north side of my house.
Will this work with different kinds of mushrooms? Where do you buy your spawn?

Just a note- my husband works at Chick-fil-A, and they give pickle buckets away for free (with lids if you get lucky- usually they break the lids in their haste to open the buckets).
-Phyllis

 
At December 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

I'll check with Mart on where he buys the spawn.

Chik-fil-A: good tip. Thank you.

 
At December 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Okay - Mart tells me this is where he bought his original "Italian oyster mushroom" grain spawn: http://www.fieldforest.net/

The stuff is amazing. Less than a week after packing that bucket, the mycelium have grown all through it. Mart believes that he's going to be able to continue the spawn line by inoculating new batches via home-made stem cultures.

 

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