Mushroom kits have actually had a good amount of bad press in recent times with many critics claiming they provide very poor affordability when comparing the yields of the mushroom kits with the specific price of the mushrooms in the shops. I find this an extremely unfair comparison and believe that it is wrong to simply compare the two with the quantity of mushrooms that they produce.
You can buy mushroom growing kits for only a few different species of mushroom – you will get button mushroom grow kits and you may get oyster mushroom grow kits. Both of these are the most common and will be purchased at most garden centres and usually on garden centre websites. Nevertheless, 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 offer you around ï¿½5 worth of mushrooms (if grown in the perfect environment, and based on the variety as some mushrooms cost more then others in the shops).
Psychedelic mushrooms don’t understand why people moan when it costs more to get a mushroom growing kit then it does to get the mushrooms themselves. Almost all of the supermarket mushrooms are grown massively in bulk and so are usually grown in other countries and imported across, where it is so much cheaper to allow them to grow them. Then theres the truth that in a kit you obtain a box and get the substrate (compost or straw) as well as a small bag of spawn. Once you buy mushrooms from a shop you aren’t left over with excellent compost for your garden (mushroom compost is probably the most expensive and nutritious types of compost as the mushrooms breakdown 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.
For me mushroom growing kits are an effective way of growing your own mushrooms and even if sometimes they don’t offer amazing value for money when compared to the shop price you will learn so much from doing it yourself and can probably take great pride in growing and then eating your personal mushrooms. Maybe even once you’ve learned a little more about cultivating mushrooms you can cut out the middleman and discover your own substrate (straw, newspaper, manure) and purchase or make your personal mushroom spawn. This is where you can get real value for money too, growing hundreds of pounds worth of mushroom from literally a few pounds investm