This is a fun project for kids of all ages. It is quick easy and only takes a few weeks to produce mushrooms. Paper back novels, catalogs and even phone books are perfect. The idea is over 30 years old and was originally a university project to demonstrate growing fungi with the students used toilet rolls (unused of course). I still like using toilet rolls with groups of Scouts etc. Gloss magazines are not recommended and as inks in the past were less safe it is best to use books less than 10 years old.
Oyster mushrooms grow in the wild on dead woody plant materials recycling it back to the environment. Here the Oysters are breaking down the woody lignin and cellulose in paper using an army of enzymes and acids to produce mushrooms. After you have picked your mushrooms you can use the oyster myceluim to grow in a variety of ways in the garden.
1 bag of Oyster grain spawn, stored in the fridge (3 month best before date).
1 grow bag plus full instructions.
- Pour boiling water over unwanted paper back books, cool and drain.
- Sprinkle grain spawn through out the books and press firm.
- Keep at room temp. for 4 weeks watching the white mushroom mycelium grow though out the books
- Chill in the fridge for 2 days.
- Bring back to room temperature and watch the Oyster mushrooms develop