You don’t need mush-room in your yard for this fungi!

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In the wild, mushrooms play a key role in processing and decomposing organic matter, but they’re also great for humans.

Alan Carner, owner and operator of Black Hills Mushrooms, talked about how nutritious they can be.

“There’s a lot of vitamins and minerals in these mushrooms. It will help with your digestive tract and there’s good fiber in them as well.”

So, let’s get growing then! It’s actually pretty easy and cheap to grow mushrooms at home.

Black Hills MushroomsFirst, you’ll need a log. Start by drilling a hole into the log every four inches.

Then, stuff these hollows with your mushroom kit – a mixture of sawdust and germinated mushroom spores, which can be purchased online. Sometimes a fancy tool is used to put this mixture into the log, but hands work just fine too.

Finally, the stuffed mushroom hollows need to be sealed off for protection.

Black Hills Mushrooms uses Sunrise Hives Beeswax, and simply paints it on. This coat allows the spores to feed off the log without being eaten themselves, and attracts bees too, promoting pollination.

After the log is complete, it’s time to find it a home.

Carner tells us how to pick the right place.

“Just put it in a nice shady area and you can water it right along with your plants in the summer. In the winter, just leave it out in the winter just in the snow. They want that water too just like the wild mushrooms do,” he explains.

The growth period will take a little bit though, so don’t turn on your stovetop just yet.

“It can take up to just 1 year but usually two to three is when you’ll start seeing mushrooms,” Carner added. “They don’t just stop producing mushrooms either they’ll produce for several years afterwards.”

If you don’t have humongous fungus patience, there’s some options for smaller, speedier cardboard cultivation too. With a few minutes of work and some periodic watering, though, anyone can diversify the ecosystem of their yard and get some healthy, environmentally and digestively friendly fungi.

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