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The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in Your Garden

April 11, 2023

What if you could grow functional mushrooms next to your tomato plants? In this episode 2 of the Mushroom Miniseries, Billy and I continue our exploration of the world of mushrooms in partnership with North Spore and their expert mycologist, Louis Giller. Today's episode focuses on growing mushrooms in your garden and covers topics such as integrating mushrooms into a traditional garden and the benefits of cultivating mushrooms alongside your plant babies!

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In this episode, we learn:

  • [05:35] Benefits of Lion's Mane mushroom supplements for improved focus and energy
  • [09:15] Why should you grow mushrooms in your garden?
  • [10:45] Specific vocabulary in mushroom cultivation
  • [12:43] Is mushroom DNA diverse or uniform across different areas?
  • [15:30] Why you can't simply grow any mushrooms in soil alone
  • [17:15] Are mushrooms annuals or perennials?
  • [20:14] Where can you find full spectrum plant lights to bring the beauty of outdoors inside this April?
  • [22:16] Where can you find a healthy meal delivery program?
  • [24:52] What protections exist for preventing other mushroom species from colonizing a bed of ripe food and confusing the farmer?
  • [26:29] Can you harvest mushrooms immediately after inoculating your garden beds?
  • [27:35] What mushrooms are best for beginners to grow in the garden?
  • [29:30] Do you need a lot of space to grow a good harvest?
  • [30:29] Do worms compete or work with mycorrhizal? 
  • [32:25] What materials do you need for growing mushrooms in your garden?
  • [34:44] Where can you find a wind chime that would make the perfect gift these holidays?
  • [36:21] How can you grow mushrooms in your mulch? 
  • [41:04] Does a denser, ground-level plant provide better shade for the mushrooms??
  • [44:00] Is there a general rule for spacing the insertion points when inoculating a bale of hay?
  • [44:49] How do mycorrhizal networks and mold coexist in nature, particularly in damp and dark environments?
  • [48:09] How to create a mushroom container for small gardening spaces
  • [52:49] What are the required maintenance tasks for growing mushrooms during the season?
  • [57:03] What is the difference between cutting and pulling mushrooms during harvesting?
  • [58:23] Best beginner mushroom varieties that are resilient to temperature and humidity changes
  • [59:40] Different mushrooms that you can grow in different garden zones or different climates
  • [01:00:56] What is the process of inoculating logs for growing mushrooms?
  • [01:03:48] What's the purpose of wax capping your mushrooms?
  • [01:05:29] Can mushroom inoculation be done before or after the frost date?
  • [01:10:12] Where can you find mushroom spawns and learn more about mushroom growing?

Mentioned in our conversation:

For a complete checklist of mushroom gardening necessities,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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