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Psilocybin Mushroom Handbook: Easy Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation Paperback – April 7, 2006
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This book is very recent (as of 2006), and is the clearest and most easy to read book I have seen on the subject. It gives a clear and concise summary of many of the best techniques for growing the most popular type of hobby mushrooms, and discusses where to go to learn more about mushrooms of all types.
Compared to doing research directly from the Internet, this book is clearly organized, well written and authoritative. But perhaps the most valuable resource in this book is its list of reputable web sites and forums on the Internet, which helps you avoid the unreputable sites. Scams on the Internet are abundant, and anyone new to this hobby needs to be careful to find trustworthy sources for discussion and for purchasing equipment and culture spores to experiment with. There are many sites that will make big claims and then not deliver, leaving many beginners frustrated and much poorer with nothing to show.
The importance of finding clear and reputable sources of information and supplies cannot be understated. This book will help you get started safely and quickly. Buy it, read it, then go to the forums listed and compare what you have learned with what other people have already been through. Use this knowledge to avoid the common scams and pitfalls. Follow this plan and you will be happy.
Primarily, I will say that the authors' descriptions were lacking in detail. They outline the steps, but they were not precise enough to execute the actions without having questions and doubts. In my opinion, if you buy an instructional book, it should be all-inclusive and cover you 100% from start to finish. Otherwise, you could just research this stuff online for free. Because of a few steps that could have been performed better or different, this method ended with the bacterial contamination of most of the jars.
If you are a beginner like me, and just want to try out growing mushrooms without a huge investment, then I would definatley recommend trying the PF Tek method to start because it does work. You just have to be very careful in your execution of the steps. I would recommend going on Youtube and typing "PF Tek" in the search field. There is a four part movie on there entitled "Let's Grow Mushrooms! pf tek part #". That instructional video will give you more information than this book does on the PF Tek method. Also, it actually shows you how to perform the steps so that there is no doubt. Furthermore, it's free.
As for the rest of the book, it is informational as a primer guide, but definatley not as thourough as it could be.
I forsee a potential disappointment for those who purchase this book hoping to learn a simple approach to growing mushrooms. The instructions contained in this handbook are detailed, exacting and require the grower to purchase a long list of materials. I have to admit--I have NOT tried any of the techniques offered in this book. There are easier ways to grow mushrooms that require less time and expense. That being said, I think that the background knowledge and experience of the authors make this little number well worth the buy. It works as an excellent reference book, full of great tips to anyone willing to commit to the reading. The authors demonstrate sincere passion and expertise, and they aren't offering any shortcuts.