How To Grow Your Own Morel Mushrooms At Nearly $0 Without Searching For One?
Do you enjoy gourmet food? Are you a cooking enthusiast? If yes, then you’re probably facing one problem. Gourmet cooking does not come cheap, and neither does good food.
There are so many ingredients that give gourmet food that extra special taste you love so much. You want those special ingredients at hand when you’re trying out your favorite gourmet recipes.
However, there are two difficulties that you might end up facing: they’re not easily available, and they’re expensive.
One of these expensive and hard to find ingredients is the morel mushroom. A delicacy no doubt, and while it may not be as expensive as other gourmet ingredients, it’s hard to find a fresh morel that tastes good and gives good flavor. Even if you go out to buy them, you never have enough to put them in your dish to your heart’s desire.
These are times when you wish you had your own personal supply of morel mushrooms, and now you can. With some simple tricks on how to grow morel mushrooms at home, you will never run out of this gourmet delicacy.
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How To Grow Morel Mushrooms - Things You Need
The method that is used to grow your own morel mushrooms is called the Spore Slurry method. You can look it up if you want, but we pretty much cover everything here. The things you’re going to need for this method are:
#1 : Material
#2 : Equipment
Instructions to Follow:
Now that you have gotten all your things ready, let’s get the show on the road and grow your own morel mushrooms:
The first thing you need to do is to pick a location. It will be necessary to do some studying up on your area. You’ll need to take care of two things;
- The soil quality of the area you live in
The soil quality of the area you live in. Most often, seeds and spores of any vegetation don’t germinate because the soil is not fertile enough for the growth of that particular species you’re trying to grow there. Now one of the misconceptions about growing morel mushrooms is that they need damp soil. Morel mushrooms need sandy soil to grow. If the soil of your area is damp and moist, there’s a chance that it won’t grow.
- The climate of your area
The climate of your area also plays a big part in the growth of the morel mushrooms. Expert morel mushroom growers suggest that you grow your morel mushrooms between summer and autumn. They emphasize on growing it when the weather is actually going through a change. That is why they don’t suggest growing morel mushrooms between winter and spring. Therefore, the morel mushrooms need significant weather change to grow.
Take some non-chlorinated water in a food safety container for the preparation of the slurry. Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of molasses and mix well.
Fun fact: The salt helps in inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the solution. The sugar from the molasses helps in the germination of the spores.
Add morel mushrooms to the mixture and let it sit covered in a temperate place for maximum two days. If you let it sit for more than that, there is a risk of bacterial contamination, in which case the entire solution will go to waste, and you will have to start from scratch.
Once it has sat for about two days, strain the liquid in a liquid disperser. The strained solution will now contain millions of spores that have dispersed from the mushrooms. The solution is now ready.
You can pour your slurry mixture over the prepared bed. You can also pour it someplace else like dying elm trees or burnt trees. You have the option to be experimental with your slurries as long as you ensure that your location has good soil condition and better climate control. You can even spread the slurry indoors in a prepared bed.
This is the last and the most important step that you must absolutely follow. You have planted about millions of spores to grow your own morel mushrooms. It is probably your first time as well so be PATIENT!
They might or might not grow. There’s a chance that the soil condition does not favor them or something went wrong with the slurry solution. There are a thousand possibilities. Then again, growing morel mushrooms is a project that requires patience and resilience. Remember, good food doesn’t come cheap.
When and if your morel mushrooms have grown, simply pull them out gently. If you try to jerk them out, they might break. So just gently shake them out of the soil.
There you go! You have successfully grown your own morel mushrooms.
Hopefully, you would have found this method useful. Remember that growing your own morel mushrooms is a delicate task that requires patience. You may face failure in the first few attempts, but when they do start to grow, it is rewarding enough.
Growing your own morel mushrooms is an achievement. You will be tackling one of the nature’s most delicious delicacies in your own backyard.
Once you have grown your own morel mushrooms, you will know how great it is to have abundant and fresh morel mushrooms to add to your dish without having to pay through the nose for them and worrying about them going stale. You might even start trading them once you have gotten the hang of growing them for yourself.
The steps above, if followed to the last detail, can help you grow your morel mushrooms effectively and in a controlled and better environment.
Finally, we have to ask if you have been motivated enough to grow your own morel mushrooms after reading this article.
Are you going to try to grow your own morel mushrooms now and put them in your next gourmet meal to give it that extra flavor? Do you think that growing your own morel mushrooms is as easy as we say it is by this method?
You can find out by following the guide!
Let us know if it helped, and if it worked for you, pass it on to your friends and family so they can grow their own morel mushrooms as well. After all, sharing is caring!