You never know when the urge to grow mushrooms will hit.
Seriously, I have never thought about it - until today.
Today, I got a mailing from The American Gardener. The mailing consists of a mailer full of postcards. The postcards invite you to order a catalog or to buy various products.
I've gotten this mailing the last several years, and I read the postcards for entertainment. There is rarely something that interests me enough to order- well, there was the Earth Box, but that's a story for another post. If something does interest me, I go to the website and check it out Why spend postage or ask a merchant to send a catalog unless I know I am truly interested?
Usually, there are one or two solicitations for mushroom growing kits. In the past, I've ignored these. But this year was different.
When I was growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, mushrooms were button mushrooms. Now, there are tens of varieties sold at markets: shitake, blue oyster, pom pom, royal trumpet, king oyster, portabello, beech. We don't buy many of these varieties - some of them are quite pricey. But they do intrigue me.
Long ago, I had morel mushrooms - picked wild by an aunt who lived in Iowa, when I visited during morel season - and I have never forgotten the experience.
One of the catalog companies in today's mailer was offering morel mushroom kits. These were outdoor kits but most of the others were indoor kits.
"All you have to do is water them!" It has to be more complicated than that.
But still....new experiences are good for the senior brain. And, while we used to have a supermarket here that offered morels during late April and early May, they haven't offered them in a couple of years.
So now we are wondering if we should spend the money on a morel kit, or maybe one of the other kits. I did some reading online, and it may take a few years to get a morel bed established. So, maybe one of the other kits might be better.
Have you ever grown mushrooms? I'd love to hear your experiences.