This mushroom farm was sent to me by Fluid Growers to try, but all the opinions in here are my own. So, we are keen growers at our place, but our backyard is currently out of bounds as recent rain has unearthed a lot of glass just below the surface. We are getting that fixed up this week! But in the meantime, I’ve still been growing stuff, just on a much smaller scale. It feels almost like apartment living again. Here’s how we’ve managed to get growing with a mushroom farm from fluid growers.
This is a great activity to do with kids, especially if they get excited about watering plants as they grow because it doesn’t matter if they over water mushrooms! We’ve had fun growing in our aquaponics tank and the fun was immediately evident when we started using the mushroom farm. Every step is kid friendly, and I got the kids involved in preparing for growing and keeping those mushrooms moist.
Now mushrooms, they aren’t normally an uber kidfriendly veg right? You can read my interview with a mushroom farmer here and see how to make them more fun for kids. Mind you, I really think, pop them in a stirfry and not only are the kids receiving a nutritional boost, but they won’t notice they are in there!
These kits would make the perfect Christmas gift and are ideal for kids who are interested in growing things, because not only do they get to grow the mushrooms, but also eat the spoils!
The simplicity of the design is awesome, but I have to give you a few extra tips. Mushrooms like damp environments to grow in, so if like me, you’re trying to get them started in a hot and dry aussie house in spring/summer…then you need to pop a supermarket plastic bag over the top to get them started. Once they are growing, remove the bag as they need the air and the light. Water, water, water. Growing these in my kitchen has shown me just how hot and dry my kitchen gets, keeping them wet is paramount.
Unfortunately, right at the peak of their growing, I didn’t get a photo as we were in hospital with Miss 6, but I did get a photo of the mushrooms cut off (above) and the ones that started to sprout just after I removed the ones that had finished growing (below).
You get three grows out of this pack, one on the front, one on the back and then a third chance (touch and go, the pack only says two harvests, but we have been lucky to have some resprout) when you have done the front and back using just the block and some water.