Grow Mushrooms! Video is ideal for both the experienced cultivator who
wants to see the more complicated tasks demonstrated in a visual format,
and the beginning mushroom grower who is confused about exactly where to
start the whole process. If you're a student, our DVD will help you turn
in a show-stopper at the science fair. If you'll take a skillet to school
and sauté up a batch of your own fresh-picked mushrooms, the wonderful
aroma will have all the judges hanging out at your table!
You'll learn to generate grain spawn, and to use it to inoculate bulk
substrates or outdoor mushroom patches. Our section on using straw will
have you growing prize-winning oyster mushrooms within weeks. The section
on sawdust/woodchip blocks will give you the knowledge you need to grow
valuable Shiitake, Maitake, Elm Oysters and many more gourmet edibles and
medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi and Hericium (Lion's Mane).
DVD Video Disc 1
Brown Rice Flour: Disk 1 begins with the easiest method of all to get
started growing mushrooms. No pressure cooker is required. The only
ingredients needed are brown rice, vermiculite, and 1/2 pint wide mouth
mason jars. Full step-by-step instructions are included on mixing,
sterilizing, terrarium building, and the fruiting parameters for several
species of edible mushrooms.
Grain Preparation: This chapter takes you through the entire process of
preparing rye grains for generating mushroom spawn. Includes instructions
on obtaining the perfect moisture content, plus lid preparation with
several types of filters explained. Full instructions for sterilization in
a pressure cooker to ensure success.
Grain-to-Grain Transfers: This chapter shows you how to turn one jar of
rye or other grain spawn into ten more. Includes a detailed explanation of
Rye Grass Seed: An explanation of the method the author uses to prepare
rye grass seed for use with sclerotia producing species.
Manure Substrates: A detailed step-by-step procedure for preparing horse
manure to grow mushrooms. Includes an easy to understand method for
determining 'field capacity' moisture content.
Straw Pasteurization: Follow along as Marc prepares a batch of straw for
growing mushrooms. Full instructions on chopping, soaking, and heat
pasteurizing the exact batch of straw that was used to build the laundry
basket full of oysters that graces the front cover of this DVD.
Straw Projects: Watch as Marc prepares and inoculates the laundry basket
of Oyster mushrooms that are pictures on the front cover of this DVD.
Click on Image Below For Sample video
Video Disc 2
Agar-Petri dishes: Disk 2 contains the more advanced mycology subjects
that you're sure to need as you progress in the hobby. The first section
on agar work takes you through the process of mixing up a batch of agar
and pouring your Petri dishes. Sterile procedure is covered in depth.
Strain Isolation: This section shows how to take a swipe of spores on
agar, and as the mycelium differentiates into visible sectors, to transfer
those to new Petri dishes to grow out until you reach single-sector
Master Culture Slants: This chapter covers preparing, inoculating, and
recovering mycelium from master culture slants in test tubes. This
procedure is for advanced growers who have isolated or cloned strains that
they wish to store long-term in the refrigerator so they can continue to
use the strain in perpetuity
Cloning: Watch as the author demonstrates how to take mushroom tissue from
a fruit body and transfer it to agar to grow out. This mycelium can then
be used to inoculate future projects.
Spore printing and syringe making: The procedure for taking spore prints,
and then using them to make spore syringes are shown in this section.
Sawdust-woodchips: Watch as Marc prepares a batch of supplemented hardwood
sawdust and woodchips for growing mushrooms. The addition of wheat bran,
gypsum, and Marc's own method of using tyvek sleeves in the filter patch
bags to prevent contaminants from entering is shown in detail.