How to Grow Mushrooms at Home in Buckets – Harvest Multiple Times

Growing mushrooms at home is a delightful and sustainable hobby that rewards you with the savory goodness of freshly harvested fungi. Among the various methods available, using buckets with holes stands out for its simplicity and efficiency. Follow this step-by-step guide to embark on your own mushroom-growing adventure, enjoying multiple harvests from the comfort of your home.

Materials Needed:

materials needed 3
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Large pot for boiling
  • Mushroom seeds (spawn)
  • Plastic buckets with holes
  • Clean cloth or lid for covering the buckets
  • Watering can or spray bottle
  • A cool, dark place for incubation

Step 1: Preparing the Straw

Start by gathering a suitable amount of straw. Wheat or oat straw is ideal for mushroom cultivation. Chop the straw into pieces approximately 2-4 inches in length.

Step 2: Boiling the Straw

Place the chopped straw into a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer to sterilize the straw. Once boiled, allow the straw to cool down to room temperature.

Step 3: Acquiring Mushroom Seeds

Purchase mushroom seeds, known as mushroom spawn, from a reliable supplier. Various mushroom species like oyster, shiitake, or white button mushrooms are available to suit your preferences.

Step 4: Layering Straw and Mushroom Seeds

Take a plastic bucket with holes and begin layering. Start with a layer of cooled, boiled straw at the bottom. Spread mushroom seeds evenly on the straw. Repeat this layering process until the bucket is nearly full, finishing with a top layer of straw. Ensure even distribution for optimal mushroom growth.

mushrooms on a side of a plastic bucket

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