Mushrooms: expensive (up to 20$/pound), loaded with vitamins and minerals, protein-packed, easy to grow, and only ONE, bland variety is sold in grocery stores ( the Agaricus species).
That last point is only valid until very recently, because you see, mushrooms have gone mainstream for the season. BOOM!
From Kits to Colonizing
The kit is straight forward. You purchase a block of Oyster Mushroom "spawn" in a convenient box, and mist it with water. Time passes and you get a quarter pound of "exotic", tasty mushrooms for 9.99. Recently, I have gotten a batch and now I am working on a second "flush", or growing of Oyster Mushrooms. I had to change the cardboard box because it was falling apart.
I put the block in a slightly salty water solution and left it in the fridge overnight to help induce a second growth or "flush" of mushrooms. Then, I fashioned a new box.
And so, my hobby for mushroom-growing was inoculated (inoculation refers to the act of injecting mushroom spores into a "substrate", or growing medium so that they grow, mate, and produce a fruiting body (mushroom)... it's a metaphor).
I will now show you some steps to the process. Keep in mind, that the spore syringe I use, will be reloaded for free when I get a mature mushroom cap, collect its spores (which are hydraulically ejected from the bottom of the mushroom cap), and inoculate the next batch of substrate.
Only read on further, if you want to know how to produce your own.