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No need for a special kit, easy and cheap to grow, mushrooms are a must! Wendy Pillar shows you how


The spawn as it arrives

Fungi are tasty, nutritious and easy to grow year-round indoors. The more exotic ones are also expensive to buy and cheap to grow, so you really get value for the time and effort put into them.

The kits you can buy are easy to use but expensive, so the mushrooms harvested can end up costing more than buying them in a shop. However, with a little basic equipment and know-how, it’s easy and cheap to grow them from scratch yourself.

It’s necessary to understand a little about how fungi work to grow them successfully because they have different requirements from plants. They are nature’s great recyclers, and the only organisms able to break down the lignin in wood. If it wasn’t for fungi we would be up to our eyes in fallen trees! This means that they grow well on waste products such as straw, sawdust, fallen leaves, coffee grounds, paper and cardboard.

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This month - Keep fresh, harvest and storage tips plus grow grapes and soya beans. Wow factor - Try globe artichokes and cardoons. Feeling drained? Share the highs (and lows!) of gutter gardening. Herbal treats - make a handy herb box and visit a grower's paradise. Fun with fungi - a beginners guide. Plus pruning for fruit, cash savers, feed your soil the organic way and fantastic exclusive videos in our custon iPad edition.