If you’re interested in fungiculture, you need to know some of the basics for growing a good crop of mushrooms. Unlike plants, which get their energy from sunlight, fungi like mushrooms get all the energy they need by consuming decaying organic matter. The matter that the mushrooms grow in and consume is known as a substrate. Many different materials can be used as substrates:

  • Logs and stumps
  • Wood chips
  • Straw
  • Compost & gardening debris
  • Sawdust
  • Corncobs
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper, paper products, and cardboard


Many kinds of mushrooms prefer very specific substrates, while others can flourish in many different substrates. However, here at Cascadia Mushrooms, we’ve taken the guesswork out of mushroom cultivation and done the preparation for you. Our grow kits have everything you need for your first harvest of mushrooms, including instructions. Visit our site and get started today!

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