Beginners Guide to Growing Oyster Mushrooms At Home

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Fungi, How to's | Posted on 16-04-2014

Introduction

Growing mushrooms is a lot easier than you may think. It’s cheap, it’s fun, and you get delicious, organic, high-quality produce out of it! When I first started looking into growing my own mushrooms I felt overwhelmed because the information appeared very technical, and while the instructions I received made sense, I wasn’t sure how to actually do it and I doubted my own capabilities and understanding. I got in contact with a local mushroom hobbyist and connoisseur, Milo Olson, who explained how it all works. I got hands on experience seeing how he grows his mushrooms and now I am confident that I can too. On top of learning how to grow my own mushrooms at home, Milo took me on my first wild mushroom hunt! During our adventure I had the privilege of picking his brain about all of my mushroom related questions. Actually, I now have an excellent grasp on how to cultivate my own mushrooms at home. The process is straight-forward and you can harvest a substantial crop from even a small area.

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Fungus Gnats, Getting rid of Fungus Gnats

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Animal, How to's | Posted on 03-02-2014

I never really thought I would have pest issues, especially inside my house where I keep the most of my potted plants. But I, unfortunately, ¬†bought a bag of Kelloggs brand potting soil from Home Depot and received an infestation of small Fungus Gnats. Not that the Kellogg brand is to blame – when bags have holes in them they can start an infection of pests from any source – even from other brands they sit next to at the store. I’ve also seen friends receive these same (or similar) pests from potted plants bought at Eisley Nursery in Auburn. It can literally happen to anyone, anywhere…

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Air Layering, Propagation Method

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in How to's | Posted on 16-04-2012

Air Layering is the same basic principal of Layering, that is, to get a branch or vine to root into a growing medium so it can be cut from the mother plant and grow on it’s own. Air Layering is exactly the same thing, except it’s not done in the ground, it’s done in the air!

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