For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Sep 22

Your Questions About Gardening

Sandy asks…

Does anyone know where online or in-store I can find button mushroom spores (not the illegal mushrooms)?

I’ve searched all over the internet and all I can find for Button mushroom spores is results from Google and Bing that say “Button mushroom spores” and then when I click on the link, all the website has is spores for the hallucinogenic magic mushrooms. I don’t want to grow that stuff.

Last year and the year before I grew Pink Oyster mushrooms, Blue Oyster mushrooms, and Shiitake mushrooms from mushroom kits. But I don’t want to use a kit because then I can’t grow as much as I want. I’m not trying to start my own business. I don’t want to grow as many Button mushrooms as possible so I can sell them off. I don’t even want to give them away as freebies. I just love the taste and I’ve had success in the past with the kits and I’d like to try Button mushrooms.

A friend suggested to me why I don’t just buy Button mushrooms at the produce section at the grocery store and try to collect spores from the gills underneath the caps that way. I’ve already read about that. It apparently doesn’t work because many of the spores are collected through the air ducts in the warehouses where companies grow mushrooms and also the fact that who knows how old the mushrooms themselves are, plus the fact that they’ve been refrigerated can kill off the spores.

I’ve heard the best way to inoculate your medium (in my case, my friend’s mother in southern Illinois has a sheep farm and collects the dung and sells it as fertilizer for plants, and I bought some of that in bags) is to use a plastic syringe that has a mixture of some kind of liquid (probably distilled water) and the spores themselves and to put the needle into the middle of your medium and inoculate that way. I’ve seen the syringes they sell online for the magic mushrooms, but I don’t know if they do it the same way for gourmet mushrooms.

I’ve already checked Ebay. No one sells spores of any mushroom kind there. Probably because they don’t want people growing their own mushrooms and competing with their business of selling dried mushrooms on Ebay.

Thanks for any info. I really appreciate it =)

GardenersCardiff answers:

Here is a long list

I grew a whole bunch of oysters a few years ago. Straw works great. The basic instructions are that you pasteurize the straw by dipping it in very hot water to kill the mold spores and then innoculate it with your grain spawn. I used about half a gallon to each basket. I got the baskets at the 99 cent store by the way.
I grew a culture by scrapping off some store bought mushroom onto a potato dextrose agar pitri dish..

Carol asks…

What is Permiculite? (vermiculite?)?

I need to know what Permiculite is!
I think it has something to do with cultivations so ill put it in the gardening section.
I saw it on this video>>
he says it at 6:03 and 8:52
please get back to me (
I need to know what Permiculite is!
I think it has something to do with cultivations so ill put it in the gardening section.
I saw it on this video>>…
he says it at 6:03 and 8:52
please get back to me (

ps id rather if you didnt use Wiki to get answers i want expirence not people looking for points

GardenersCardiff answers:

Mark T has it correct…I mix 1/3 vermiculite 1/3 perlite and 1/3 peat moss to start my seed in…If you ar3e running large areas you can buy this stuff in large bags at Home depot for 12.99 verses paying 3.99 for a small bag that is about 3 gallons… You get at least 20 of these small bags in in one large bag..lowes and ace does not have larger bags…That will be 80.00 buying in small bags verses paying 12.99 for the same amount..

Chris asks…

Your Question Where can you buy White Button (Agaricus Bisporus) Mushroom Spawn in the U.S.?

I am trying to grow my own mushrooms, without a kit, from scratch. It is my impression that I need spawn not spore, but am having a very hard time finding them to purchase. I appreciate any help anyone can give.

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