Mushroom kits have actually had a fair amount of bad press in recent times with many critics claiming that they provide very poor value for money when you compare the yields of the mushroom kits with the specific price of the mushrooms in the shops. I find this an extremely unfair comparison and feel that it is wrong to simply compare the two with the amount of mushrooms that they produce.
You can purchase mushroom growing kits for just a few different species of mushroom – you can find button mushroom grow kits and you will 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. However wonka bars may 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 can probably provide you with around ï¿½5 worth of mushrooms (if grown in the perfect environment, and with respect to the variety as some mushrooms cost more then others in the shops).
I don’t understand why people moan when it costs more to buy a mushroom growing kit then it does to get the mushrooms themselves. Most 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 for them to grow them. Then theres the point that in a kit you obtain a box and obtain 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 among the most expensive and nutritious forms of compost as the mushrooms break down and recycle many nutrients present in the substrate). And 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 personal 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 own mushrooms. Maybe even once you’ve learned a bit more about cultivating mushrooms you can cut out the middleman and discover your personal substrate (straw, newspaper, manure) and buy or make your own mushroom spawn. This is where you can get real affordability too, growing a huge selection of pounds worth of mushroom from literally a few pounds investm