Mushroom Fantasies

Given that we’ve had snow on the ground nonstop for more than a month now, spring is feeling a long way off. So the “grow your own mushroom garden” box, given by a friend, seems like the closest we’ll get to the garden for a while.

The box uses coffee grounds as soil and promises up to a pound of pearl oyster mushrooms from the box, and the website promises at least two crops. It’s supposed to be easy: open the brick of coffee grounds and spores, mist (twice a day) and harvest (starting in about seven). It even comes with a little mister.

Step one is to submerge the “brick” for 24 hours (I’m hoping aloe plant I’ve put on top will act as a good weight to keep it from floating). You can see black dots and something yellow on the side. I assume it’s a mix of spores and coffee grounds. Then I’ll give it access to indirect sun, mist regularly and see what happens.