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Are Mushroom Kits Any Good?
Are Mushroom Kits the Best Way to Go?
There are various tools nowadays that can help you accelerate your growing of mushrooms – especially if you know how to make use of them properly, and have a bit of money to invest into high-grade accessories. However, not everything is automatically useful – you shouldn’t just spend your money on everything you see out there, and instead take the time to find out in what ways you can benefit from using one thing or another. Mushroom kits, for example, are a bit of a controversial topic in the community of mushroom farmers – there are some people who support them strongly, and others who disagree with them and claim that they’re not very helpful, especially for beginners.
The idea of mushroom kits is to basically cut your efforts in half (or even more) when you’re starting out with growing mushrooms. Instead of having to develop your own mushroom tissue (the mycelium) and create spawn from it, as well as form your own substrate, you can just buy a mushroom kit that has all of these things already done and included for you – all you need to do is to start growing the mushrooms and observe their conditions to ensure that they’re growing in the best possible environment that they need.
That’s all nice and fine, and it certainly sounds helpful – but many people would tell you that it’s far from so. The problem is that mushroom kits simply serve the mushrooms almost pre-grown to you, you just need to keep up their growth. But by not doing those basic things that the kit producer has already done for you, you’re missing out on a lot of learning experience – because in the end, these parts of the mushroom growing procedure tend to impact the final results most significantly, so learning how to do them properly is going to be very beneficial for you.
So, what do we get from all of this? To put it simply – don’t use mushroom growing kits, at least not for your first few attempts. Take the time to learn how to do everything yourself, experiment a little bit and set up a few trays from scratch – you’re going to learn a lot about the whole process of growing mushrooms and you’ll gain some strong experience that will benefit you later on; when something goes wrong with your kit, you’ll likely know exactly where the problem lies and what you can do about it, instead of having to call the company that made your kit and ask them for assistance, etc.
Plus, some people just find the whole idea of growing their mushrooms from scratch fun and enjoyable – there’s something delightful about knowing that the tasty mushroom you’re biting into came out from your hands entirely and you’re wholly responsible for it. Eating a mushroom grown from a kit just doesn’t feel the same and lacks some of that sweet satisfaction.
Of course, learning how to grow your mushrooms from scratch can be time-consuming and will require you to make a lot of mistakes before you finally get it right – sometimes you may need to throw out a whole tray just because you got the process wrong somewhere down the line and it all went downhill from there. In other cases, you may discover a new method for growing your mushrooms which gives you better and more reliable results – you may even end up improving the technique for everyone, and even though that’s not a very common occurrence among beginners, it still happens from time to time (beginner’s luck is a very popular idea with mushroom farmers).
How do you acquire those proper reading materials to get you started with the growing though? You should look at some manuals that concentrate on teaching you all of the aspects of mushroom growing in a way suitable for beginners – “Mushroom Grow Pro” is a good example of this, incorporating a variety of useful techniques, tips and tricks and organizing them in a manner that’s very accessible for people who’re just starting out with the whole ordeal of growing mushrooms and need the information to be presented to them in the easiest and most accessible manner possible.
The book is additionally recommended because it also contains some more advanced tips and tricks, things that you may not need while you’re just starting out – or you may not understand them at all – but which can be very useful later on when you’ve started to get the hang of the whole growing process and you know how to make the best use from those more advanced tips. You’ll learn how to accelerate your harvesting, how to avoid paying too much for complicated equipment that you need to maintain the different environmental factors during the growth, and even some tips on getting a better yield from your batches.
With all of that in mind, kits are something that you should put aside for later – you will likely see a great use for them further down the road when they’ll cut down your workload significantly and you’ll be able to concentrate on the more “fun” parts of growing mushrooms, but until then you should learn to do everything yourself and not rely on any pre-made kits and tools, no matter how much someone might be trying to convince you that this is the way to go and that you don’t need to learn the basics.
Think of it like any other hobby – you can’t make proper use of power tools in woodworking until you’re familiar with the manual ones and their purposes and applications; once you’ve learned what everything does though, electrical tools can save you time and effort in getting the more menial parts of the projects done, but you have to understand the basics behind them in order to fully appreciate how they’re helping you. It’s more or less the same with growing mushrooms, so take all the time you need to learn the basics and know how to get the best possible results from every step in the process.
If you really want to start home cultivation of mushrooms that grow like magic then now is the time to get started, but just not with a simple edible kit or supplies bought at a local store. The best way is to buy a guide that will walk you through the steps of how mushrooms grow from spores and inside jars and bags to get the best results. A kit will simply set you up to fail while a cheap and affordable digital guide can quickly and easily point you in the right direction, saving you tons of time and money in the process.
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