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How do you Grow Mushrooms?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

It seems that if you love growing your own food, it’s quite likely that you’d be quite into the idea of foraging for food too. In fact last year our review of a new edition of Richard Mabey’s Food for Free was hugely popular with Woolly friends. And why not? Foraging for wild food is more and more popular as people become interested in local, fresh, seasonal food. Not only is it free, it’s also an adventure :)

But unless you are absolutely confident in your ability to identify funghi, then it’s probably best not to chance it.  In the light of some recent tragic illness and even fatality caused by eating harmful funghi, I’m appalled to think of the occasion that my ex and I, picked and ate some innoculous looking mushrooms on a Greek golf course, took them back to our apartment and cooked them up into a nice risotto! I’d like to think it was the Ouzo that we washed it down with that saved us, but it was obviously good luck!

Anyway, I won’t be doing that again, even if there’re often some tasty looking mushrooms that pop up in September on the corner of Wandsworth Common.

If like me, you don’t fancy chancing it, we’ve done a Woolly Green guide to growing your own mushrooms. As it happens, there are several options if you want to grow even some pretty exotic mushrooms at home in the garden, at the allotment, or even if you live in an upstairs flat like me ;-)

Toadstool

Good luck to whoever took a bite out of this!

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