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YUM! Grow Mushrooms In Coffee Grounds


Do you know that it is super easy and fun to grow yummy mushrooms at home, in used coffee grounds and cardboard, indoors and outdoors in all seasons! Today I am excited to share with you our fun journey, with more tips and resources at the end!
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This simple method requires no complicated sterilization. Below is a video of how fast they grew in just 4 days!
Why coffee grounds and cardboard? Because they are a match made in mushroom heaven! Coffee grounds are rich in nutrients, but can contaminate easily. Corrugated cardboard - most are untreated in the USA- is not as rich and delicious to competing molds and bacteria, and the corrugation allows room for air and for the mycelium (mushroom roots) to run.
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
To start, ask for a bag of hot-off-the-press coffee grounds from the lovely people at Starbucks, and soak some cardboard in water 1-2 days prior. The coffee grounds should be used on the same day!
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
Take a one-gallon plastic container, cut 3 sides of the lid. Poke and cut 4 to 6 small 1/4 size holes to allow air exchange and drainage on the bottom. Wipe the inside and outside of the container with rubbing alcohol.
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
You also need some quality mushroom spawn( seeds, kind of, which can be found easily online) to start the first batch of mushrooms. You can keep the life cycle going and learn to grow your own mushroom spawn using this same method with mushroom stem bases from your harvest in future.
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
Layer the materials like how you would make a lasagna, keep the humidity level high, and watch the magic happen!
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
Mushroom roots started growing in just a few days! Keep the container in the dark for now!
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
After 2-3 weeks, you will see Dr. Seuss mini forest popping out! Move it into bright shade, and you will have yummy mushrooms in just 3-4 days! We already got several harvests =)
Save the stem base to start your own mushroom spawn!
yum grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, gardening, go green
Ready to jump in? Come check out loads of helpful tips, more details and resources at the link below!
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