Growing your own mushrooms is a cheap and rewarding pastime. It also helps you save money when compared with supermarket prices and the quality of the mushrooms is usually far superior as they can be picked at the peak of perfection. Given the right conditions such as humidity, warmth and limited sunlight, mushrooms will grow with little attention. A mushroom kit is an unusual and useful gift which will keep on giving.
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Things you need
- Mushroom spawn
- Piece of brown canvas or heavy calico
- Garden twine
- Wide-nibbed fountain pen
Fill the bucket halfway with compost. If you are uncertain of the quality of your compost, your local garden centre will be able to provide you with a growing medium particularly suitable for growing mushrooms.
Place the pack of mushroom spawn on top of the compost. Ensure that the spawn is properly wrapped.
Write growing instructions on the card. Growing instructions for mushrooms are available at a number of websites such as Kansas State University Research and Extension. A rustic writing style would be perfect, and rough light brown card would be ideal. If you're feeling especially creative, cut the card into the shape of a mushroom before you start writing. Punch a hole in the card and thread with some garden twine.
Complete the presentation by attaching the instruction card to the handle, covering the top of the bucket with canvas and tying in place with twine.
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