Let's Grow Mushrooms!
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I had previously purchased a copy of Paul Stamets "The Mushroom Cultivator", so this time I ordered "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" and the "Let's Grow Mushrooms" 2 DVD set by Marc R Keith at the same time. I really like the straightforward approach to teaching how to grow and cultivate mushrooms that is presented in this instructional DVD.
"Let's Grow Mushrooms" skips all the technical/scientific jargon about pleurocystidia, basidium, cheilocystidia, etc., which is all great to know for us mycology geeks, but is really confusing and completely unnecessary for beginning growers who just want to get started learning how to grow mushrooms at home. "Let's Grow Mushrooms" begins and ends with specific hands-on video demonstrations of extremely easy to follow techniques that will have you starting to grow mushrooms the very day you receive your DVD, using materials readily available from your local grocery store or nursery.
Detailed video techniques on using brown rice as both a spawn and substrate open the DVD, and it then progresses from there through the production of grain spawn, growing mushrooms on straw, manure, sawdust/woodchips, and finally finishing up on disk 2 with the more advanced techniques you'll use later on to isolate strains, and also to isolate healthy mycelium from contaminants on agar. All techniques are presented in a clear, visual format, and the music, pictures, and graphics are first-rate quality.
If you've been lost trying to figure out exactly what steps you need to perform to cultivate mushrooms at home, or if you're a visual learner, this 2 DVD set is for you.
On to the video; I saw another reviewer say that the video has a lot of slow transitions and stuff. If you can't have the patience to sit through 2 hours of a video about growing mushrooms, then you do not have the patience to grow mushrooms. It is a very slow process that you have to put care heart into it if you want to see results. Don't be discouraged, nothing is more exciting than watching tiny pins erupt into beautiful mushrooms.
This video for the most part does everything in a very professional way with as little room for error as possible. If some of the stages seem daunting, there are other ways to do some of the methods in cheaper and faster ways if you do searches but they have their downfalls too. His agar method intimidates me, my first attempt will be with a "no-pour" tek I've found elsewhere which works okay enough.
All in all this is an incredible instructional video, and even if you want to branch off and do things differently this is still one of the best places you can start. He explains the whys and hows you are to do things, which is essential if you want to avoid problems and headaches later.
Thank you so much for making this video to share with the world. ♥
I particularly loved the section on agar strain isolation. If you are already experienced in growing mushrooms but haven't been adventurous enough to step into agar work yet, then this dvd is for you. The author has made all steps of agar work easy to follow for even new mycologists. The video segment on agar is worth the cost of the DVD by itself, and yt there is so much more to this dvd.
A GREAT BUY!
But if you are an expert or have succefully grown before, I don't think it has so much to offer....but it has been really useful for me and I love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These videos are so well done, explains techniques from beginner to pro. Indepsinsible and highly recommended for the novice! Extremely entertaining and informative.Published 5 months ago by Adam Stivala
Most of the information in the videos I either knew, or was familiar with. I had to learn much of it the hard way, though. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Diz
This DVD will be your BEST FRIEND, I promise! I used to watch the videos on their website years ago which showed samples but when I saved up for this I was sooo thankful! Read morePublished 16 months ago by ItalianDrummer
wow, great information, great music and simple instructionsPublished 17 months ago by C. S. Stanley
I watch it all the time. It most informative dvd out there.Published 18 months ago by eric charles froneberger
First let me say that if visual learning is your thing or you are impatient , then this is a good bet. It contains quite a bit of info. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Will Sands