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Mycelial Mayhem : Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit and Companion Planting - David Sewak

Mycelial Mayhem

Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit and Companion Planting

eBook Published: 14th March 2016
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An accessible hands-on guide for the aspiring mushroom grower

Most supermarket mushrooms are bland and boring; products of an industrial process which typically relies on expensive equipment and harmful pesticides. Many people would like to add more flavorful and diverse fungi to their diets, but lack the knowledge or confidence to gather or grow their own. Do-it-yourself cultivation is a fun, exciting way to incorporate a variety of mushrooms into a sustainable lifestyle.

Mycelial Mayhem is a straightforward, no-nonsense resource for the aspiring mushroom grower. This practical guide cuts through much of the confusion surrounding methods and techniques, helping the hobbyist or farmer to:

  • Select regionally appropriate species for the home garden, farm-scale production, or an edible landscape
  • Practice sustainable, environmentally friendly cultivation techniques, such as companion planting, to combat common garden pests and diseases
  • Choose a successful, proven business approach to maximize profit and minimize frustration

Many people find that DIY mushroom cultivation is not nearly as complicated as they expect, but a knowledgeable and experienced mentor is crucial to success. Whether your goal is to harvest homegrown gourmet mushrooms for your table, supplement your income by selling to friends and neighbors, or start a full-fledged niche business, Mycelial Mayhem is packed with the advice and resources you need to succeed with this rewarding and valuable crop.

David Sewak and Kristin Sewak are avid growers of edible mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, native landscape plants and sustainable landscape design. They speak on mushroom gathering and indoor and outdoor cultivation techniques at regional and national green living events.


Dave's Mycelial Mayhem Journey
Kristin's Mycelial Mayhem Journey

Section I: Mycelia
1. Why Mushrooms?
Why Not Mushrooms?
Mushrooms Are Part of Our Fabric
Mushrooms for the Future
On the Mushroom Path

2. Mushroom Basics
Fungi: A Kingdom of Its Own
Mushroom Structure and Life Cycle
Relevance of the Life Cycle to Cultivation and Harvest
Facilitating Growth and Reproduction
Fungi in Our Ecosystems
Mushroom Life Cycle and Ecology as Teacher

Section II: The Stem
3. Growing Mushrooms
The Assessment
Outdoor Cultivation
Wine Caps ( Stropharia rugoso annulata )
Pink Oyster ( Pleurotus djamor )
Italian Oyster ( Pleurotus pulmonarius )
Golden Oyster ( Pleurotus cornucopiae )
King Oyster ( Pleurotus eryngii )
Nameko ( Pholiota nameko )
Pioppino or Black Poplar ( Agrocybe aegerita )
Lion's Mane or Hericium ( Hericium erinaceus )
Reishi ( Ganoderma lucidum )
Black, Yellow, and Grey Morels ( Morchella angusticeps, M. esculenta and M. deliciosa )
Shiitake ( Lentinula edodes )
Indoor Cultivation: The Mayhem Within

4. Wild Collecting and Purveying
Tenets to Follow When Collecting Wild Mushrooms
Tenets to Follow When Purveying Wild-collected Mushrooms

5. Companion Planting and Other Sustainable Methods
Systems Thinking: It's Not Just About the Mushrooms
What's the Difference? Economics vs. Ecology
What's the Difference? Sustainability vs. Resilience
Permaculture Principles
Putting It All Together: Resilient Design
Applications for Mushroom Growing
Recycling Spent Growing Medium
Materials and Energy Reduction
Business Resilience
Sharing Your Bounty

Section III: The Fruit of Your Labor
6. Umami of Edible Mushrooms
What Is Umami?
From Harvest to Feast: Handling Mushrooms for the Best Umami
Complementary Food Pairings for Umami and Health
The Taste, Texture and Presentation of Specific Mushrooms
Culinary Supplements

7. Nutritional Benefits of Mushrooms
Nutrition and Medicine
Nutritional Content of Mushrooms
The Known Benefits
The Super Seven Medicinal Mushrooms
Mushrooms' Major Health Improvement Functions
How to Maximize Nutritional Content

8. Niche Business or Supplemental Income
Mushrooms As a Business?
Knowing How to Grow
Formulating Your Idea
Evaluating Your Market: Conducting a Market Analysis
Getting Started

9. Marketing Mushrooms
Challenges and Opportunities
Developing Your Story
Traditional Advertising
Target Marketing and Understanding Your Unique Market
Crafting Your Online Presence
Face Time
Developing Your Unique Marketing Strategy
Evaluating Your Efforts
Looking Forward and Anticipating Change

Section IV: Spreading the Spores
10. Conclusion: Spread Your Spores

Appendix: Marketing and Communications Materials
North American Resources by Subject
About the Authors

ISBN: 9781550926217
ISBN-10: 1550926217
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th March 2016
Publisher: New Society Publishers