This was something I’d been thinking about for about a year.  I found these nice starter kits at our local Farmers Market in Bellingham, so I finally took the plunge.

It’s been about 11 days since I started watering the thing, and for a couple days now there have been some kinda gross looking ‘shrooms growing on the block thing. I bought the kit for Shitake mushrooms; they are kind of expensive in the grocery store, so I thought it would be a kick to grow a bunch, basically for “free”. The kit cost $10.00, so if I don’t get $10 worth of mushrooms, my ‘shroom farm will be operating at a net loss, but I expect to get at least that much, hopefully!

There aren’t very many sprouts on this thing, I’ve only seen one on the visible sides and top, but I turned it over this morning (and then put it back the way it was), and did see 2 sprouts coming out of the bottom. Not very exciting so far, except that anything at all is kinda exciting at this point.

I quickly took some pics last night, but they didn’t come out very well, I think I should have turned off the flash, but I didn’t, so . . . there you go.

First mushroom sprout

First mushroom sprout - on the left

I’ve been having car troubles, again, with my 16 year old Ford Escort wagon, and had come back from the radiator shop, AGAIN, and well, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out how to turn off the damn flash.

Mushroom growth medium

Block of growth medium for mushrooms, set up with humidity tent, ready to incubate the 'shrooms.

My probem is, I figure out how to do something (I never seem to have anyone to ask who knows these things), fix it or “do it” once and then 6 months later can’t recall how I did it, so I have to start the learning process all over again. There must be some way to maintain a file of solutions to things like “how to turn the flash off on my camera”, but I haven’t figured it out yet, and it is looking like I never will.

However I agree with Bill Murry in Caddyshack, when he said “The Dahli Lama told me he didn’t have any money to give me, but he told me that when I die I will have total enlightenment, so I got that going for me.”  I figure that about 6 minutes before I croak I will understand and remember everything I’ve been trying to figure out for my entire life. So I got that going for me.

I’ll update you on the mushroom growth. If all goes well, I’d like to grow many more of these delicious little morsels, in larger quantities.  I’m taking a class in May on how to grow them at home. Maybe  . . .  for trade; for gifts?

Hamster report