Mushroom kits have actually had a fair amount of bad press recently with many critics claiming that they provide very poor affordability when you compare the yields of the mushroom kits with the actual price of the mushrooms in the shops. Psychedelic mushrooms find this a very unfair comparison and believe that it is wrong to simply compare both with the quantity of mushrooms that they produce.
You can buy mushroom growing kits for just a few different species of mushroom – you will get button mushroom grow kits and you can get oyster mushroom grow kits. Both of these are the most common and may be purchased for the most part garden centres and usually on garden centre websites. However you can also grow other varieties from more specialist websites, enabling you to grow your own mushrooms like Shiitake, Portobello and much more. These kits usually cost around ï¿½5 to ï¿½10 and will probably give you around ï¿½5 worth of mushrooms (if grown in the perfect environment, and according to the variety as some mushrooms cost more then others in the shops).
I don’t understand why people moan when it costs more to get a mushroom growing kit then it does to buy the mushrooms themselves. A lot of the supermarket mushrooms are grown massively in bulk and so are usually grown far away and imported across, where it really is so much cheaper to allow them to grow them. Then theres the point that in a kit you get a box and get the substrate (compost or straw) as well as a small bag of spawn. Once you buy mushrooms from the shop you aren’t left with excellent compost for your garden (mushroom compost is probably the most expensive and nutritious types of compost as the mushrooms break down and recycle many nutrients present in the substrate). And then there’s the fact that you’re growing mushrooms yourself – surely the excitement and fun factor are worth paying for too.
In my opinion mushroom growing kits are an effective way of growing your own mushrooms and also if sometimes they don’t really offer amazing value for money when compared to the shop price you will learn so much from carrying it out yourself and will probably take great pride in growing and then eating your personal mushrooms. Maybe even once you have learned a little more about cultivating mushrooms you could cut out the middleman and find your own substrate (straw, newspaper, manure) and purchase or make your personal mushroom spawn. That’s where you can get real affordability too, growing a huge selection of pounds worth of mushroom from literally a few pounds investm