Backyard Fungi
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Backyard Fungi

How to Grow Three Types of Mushrooms
Łukasz Nowacki
time 4 minutes

Have you ever tried growing mushrooms? It differs from standard gardening, but can also be a source of great joy. The science concerned with the study of mushrooms is called mycology, and my goal is to encourage you to practice ‘mycogardening’.

Parasol mushrooms

I love eating mushrooms and one of my favorite dishes is a cutlet made from the cap of the parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera). It can be very easily grown in the garden, so let’s take a look at two ingenious ways to do it!

1. With a watering can

Find some wild parasol mushrooms (it usually grows on the edge of the forest, near grassy areas). Pick the most mature mushrooms with spread caps, since that’s where the majority of spores are located.

Pour room temperature


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