Day 10 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom

My Grow Your Own Mushroom Experience: The Beauty of Fungi

January is a special time of year for us as we get to see hundreds of photos of your Kitchen Garden mushroom kits that have been grown since Christmas. Take a look at our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages to have a gander.

We loved watching Valentina’s mushroom updates on her fantastic Instagram page and are delighted she has written this guest post and shared this delicious (and simple to follow) Oyster Mushroom and Pasta recipe.
The Beauty of Fungi

“As a passionate fan of fungi, I was ecstatic when my boyfriend bought me this kit for passing my driving theory test. Once I received it, I couldn’t wait to get started straight away!

I run an Instagram page dedicated to my love of mushrooms called “The Beauty of Fungi”. My followers were interested when I received this kit so I decided to document my entire experience from start to finish!

Here it goes…

The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom

Valentina’s textbook ‘Step 2’ Watering

Day 1: When I received the kit, I took the bag of compost out of the box and cut along the indicated cross. I then placed it in my bathroom sink full of water and weighed it down. It was left for at least 12 hours.

After 12 hours I dried off the bag and placed it back into the box.

After the first few days of eagerly waiting, I was worried that I hadn’t carried out the instructions properly. But no! Patience is key!

On Day Five baby mushrooms started to appear. That very evening, the mushrooms had at least tripled in size (photos below)!

The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom

From Day 1 – end of Day 5

Day 6: The mushrooms were starting to look like creatures from another planet!

Day 6 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom1 Day 7… Progress was still being made!

Day 7 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom
By day 8 the aliens started to evolve into delicious oyster mushrooms!

Day 8 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom
Day 9… By this time my mouth was starting to water!!

Day 9 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom
Day 10… harvest time!!

Day 10 The Beauty of Fungi Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden oyster mushroom

 

Once the first batch is picked, keep watering the kit, as a further batch will start to grow! Watch Valentina’s view of ‘how to pick’ – best with sound!!

 

A video posted by @the_beauty_of_fungi on

Another great thing about this kit is that I can also mix the upcycled coffee grounds in with my compost ready for gardening this summer!!

As an Ecology and Wildlife Conservation graduate I have always been concerned about the welfare of our environment. The fact that the grow bag contains recycled coffee grounds saving them from an eternal fate in the dreaded landfill sites makes this kit even more appealing!

Thank you for the amazing experience and delicious mushrooms Espresso Mushroom Company! I can’t wait to try more of your products!”

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