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Anyone grown mushrooms from a 'kit'? (Merged)

OH and I are growing our own veg for the second year. Not much is growing at the moment so I bought him a mushroom growing kit from the garden centre to play with ;). Has anyone used one of these and was it successful? or does anyone have any tips?

ps the kit was reduced to only £2.49 so no huge investment, lol. We can always recycle the compost and stuff at the very least ;)


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  • My mum bought me one of these for xmas. Gonna get it going in the next couple of days, let me know how you get on!

    PS vaguely remember growing from a kit when i was a kid, it was fab. Picking fresh mushrooms for tea was great fun and it produced loads!
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  • miss_phish wrote: »
    My mum bought me one of these for xmas. Gonna get it going in the next couple of days, let me know how you get on!

    PS vaguely remember growing from a kit when i was a kid, it was fab. Picking fresh mushrooms for tea was great fun and it produced loads!

    Will do. Looking forward to getting it going. Don't have high hopes so it will be fun seeing what happens :D


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  • Norfolk_JimNorfolk_Jim Forumite
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    I tried growing Oyster mushrooms once using a kit and an old paperback, It was far from moneysaving (Moneycosting more like it) but I thought it would be fun to do and ot promised three good crops. The devil in me also though I could carry on the process longer if I tried. All went well and I got a nice first crop, then I forgot to water one day and that was the finish of it, all my promising little pin buds just dried up. There are books on how to do this yourself but those need a bit of space and filling the cupboard with horse you know what just wasnt on for the OH. Bottom line was that I could have bought loads of mushrooms (Especially reduced ones for soups and recipes) for a fraction of what I spent.
  • Never worked for me - tried the button mushroom spawn on horse muck, and the impregnated dowels for fancier types in (the correct type of) tree stumps but no luck.
  • shykinsshykins Forumite
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    i have used these kits a few times (also buy mine when they are half price and get hubbys discount off them too lol ) and they have both been successful... i have my second one going now

    i agree tho if u forget to spray them then u are in trouble they dry up but as long as u do exactly as it says u will be fine

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  • Tried the wood log impregnated with sp[ores - nothing came of it.

    tesco Value mushrooms are better value!
  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    Tried the wood log impregnated with sp[ores - nothing came of it.

    You are not alone, Gardeners World on BBC tried these some time back, and also failed
  • JoyfulJoyful Forumite
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    I tried without success. I emptied it in a corner of the garden and the next year had mushrooms but as I was a novice I was too scared in case they were mixed with poisonous ones. Not tried since.
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  • I got one of these for christmas too. Currently I am too scared to start it on my own so will have my mum (my gardening guru) watching over me when I do start it. :rolleyes:

    I cant stand mushrooms but im more interested in the whole growning and fruition. I would love to see/hear other peoples progress with the kit they got and will add my own in.

    Good luck fellow mushroom kit owners.
  • I remember years ago my late Dad getting a load of "spent" mushroom compost for his garden. He got load of mushrooms popping up all over his garden!
    Perhaps if you could do the same you may get a harvest, at any rate it would improve your soil, so nothing wasted.
    :wave:
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