- Paperback: 415 pages
- Publisher: Agarikon Press; 1st edition (December 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961079800
- ISBN-13: 978-0961079802
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home 1st Edition
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The book you are about to read is a milestone in the new awareness of mushrooms. The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton is easily the best source of information on growing mushrooms at home. The authors demystify the art of mushroom cultivation and put mastery of it within everyone's reach. If you have been searching for information on this topic, you will find it to be all that you have been looking for. Includes detailed growth requirements for 15 mushroom species, sterile culture and mushroom spawn preparation techniques, procedures for strain selection and development, practical preparation methods for compost and bulk substrates, the mushroom life cycle and mushroom genetics, identification of the major competitor molds, pathogens and pests, and guidelines for the construction of mushroom growing rooms.
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I have been growing mushrooms for over 8 years and I still refer back to this book from time to time. Some of the specific techniques and principles are dated by today's more modern standards but without this book, I believe these new ideas would have not come about. This is not a book that focuses on foraging for wild mushrooms but more about techniques used to grow from cultures.
Outdated must mean useless, you say? I don't think so. This will give you a very strong foundational knowledge of how to cultivate mushrooms, it will be up to you after this to research the newest methods on the market. If you go into it with this understanding, you'll have a great time with the book, and it will be a book you can reference for a long time to come.
The most useful long term portion of the book are the growing parameters and tables, which are invaluable for anyone trying to grow new strains or varieties.
This book walks you through growing mushrooms a bit more in detail than the other book as far as forming substrates, culturing mushrooms, etc. For anyone wanting to grow mushrooms I would recommend this book.
The only downside is, if you are like me and poor, you will discover that growing mushrooms properly can include making a considerable investment. I have not attempted growing any other than from kits you purchase mainly due to the cost.
It is still a good read and worst case scenario, you don't grow any mushrooms, you will still have learned a lot.