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Enjoy your own in-house supply of mushrooms! These products have been thoroughly tested and are supplied by some of the most highly respected British producers. Full instructions are supplied but telephone assistance is also available if required.

Oyster straw kit  
Oyster straw kit
A simple, fun and practical way of growing oyster mushrooms at home. The kit contains a bag of straw, oyster grain spawn and all sundries - just add boiling water! 9.25. Two kits delivered to the same address for 16.50.
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Inoculate your own logs using dowel spawn  
Inoculate your own logs using dowel spawn
Freshly cut hardwood logs or stumps can be inoculated with dowel spawn to grow a variety of fungi. Timber should be disease-free and cut in the dormant season. Most hardwoods are suitable (except when growing Indian Oyster, which requires softwood), although oak, beech and birch (which are used by commercial growers) will give the most reliable results.

Dowel spawn consists of sterile wooden dowels colonised with vigorous mushroom mycelium. 9mm holes are drilled into the logs or stumps and the dowels are tapped in with a hammer. The surface must then be sealed with wax to reduce moisture loss. Allow 50 dowels for a 1m x 10cm log or for a stump.

A starter selection pack of 30 shiitake, 30 oyster and 30 lion's mane dowels (with wax and daubing tool) costs 16.50.

Dowel kits include wax and a daubing tool and are priced at 13.50 for a 100-dowel kit, 26.50 for a 300-dowel kit and 47.50 for a 1,000-dowel kit. A selection pack of 100 dowels each of three species of your choice, with wax and daubing tool, costs 30.00.

The following varieties are available:

Shi-itake (Lentinus edodes)
Popular and widely cultivated oriental mushroom with domed cap and fibrous stem.
Has a strong smokey flavour and is best suited to slow cooking. It dries well.





Grey (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Easily cultivated and well recognised fungi, forming clusters of caps from its growth point.
Though not strong in flavour, it is versatile enough to be used in most mushroom dishes.




Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
Distinctive yellow shelf-like lobes that are best eaten young.
Has the taste and texture of chicken breast - some enthusiasts even claim that it is superior.




Lion's mane (Hericinium erinaceous)
A strange but beautiful mushroom consisting of waterfalls of icicle-like spines.
Has a mild, sweet flavour which, when grilled and served with melted butter, reportedly tastes like lobster!
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Also available: Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus)  
Also available: Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Grain spawn for inoculation using the slice method (illustrated, right): 12.50 for 500g which is sufficient for about 10 logs. A chainsaw is recommended!
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Toilet roll kits  
Toilet roll kits
Delicious edible mushrooms can be easily grown by pouring the spawn into the centre of a roll of toilet paper! Will fruit in about six weeks and should provide three or four crops. The complete kit includes 100g of spawn (enough for two toilet rolls) and full instructions. A fascinating introduction to mushroom growing that is especially fun for children.
Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus 4.75

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Cultivation books - Mushrooms in the Garden  
Cultivation books - Mushrooms in the Garden
Hellmut Steineck, 152 pages, 210 x 160mm, softback, black & white/colour. A highly practical book, translated from german and published in America, it has been recommended as the ideal text for newcomers by some of our most experienced mushroom cultivators.
It includes clear and accurate sections on the main humus and wood-inhabiting fungi, the various environments that can be used for their cultivation (both outside and indoors) and methods for growing, harvesting and use, alongside a useful bibliography.
£20.95
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