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The 9 Best Mushroom Growing Kits and Logs

No garden? No light? No problem! These mushroom logs and mushroom growing kits let you grow edible mushrooms in almost any conditions.

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Mushroom Growing Kits

Have you ever thought about growing your own mushrooms? We have! A mushroom growing kit offers an enjoyable, uncomplicated way to grow food. These kits typically include a box or a log already seeded with spores. Keep the kit moist and at a constant temperature to see results with fun, edible varieties. Mushroom kits are low-maintenance and don’t require the same weeding or watering a garden does, but with so many types available, you might find your family’s new favorite ingredient. It’s easier and more affordable than you might think to grow your own mushrooms anywhere from the backyard to the living room. Small space and low light? No problem. Low maintenance mushrooms don’t mind. Shiitakes, golden oysters, blue oysters, enoki, lion’s mane…the list of edible mushrooms goes on and on. Here are the best mushroom logs and mushroom growing kits to get you started with your very own mushroom garden.

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Three-Pound Golden Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit

If you’re more interested in quickly eating freshly grown mushrooms than you are in watching them grow over time, this is the mushroom grow kit for you. Follow three simple steps to grow oyster mushrooms: cut the bags, mist them with water, and harvest. Mushroom lovers have reported oyster mushroom growth on the very first day!

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Backyard Mushroom Morel Growing Kit

The Morel Habitat Kit is meant for outdoor use. It’s designed to be grown directly in soil, and you need about four to five square feet of ground (like a small raised bed). Morels are a perennial crop and will continue to produce fungi year after year if the appropriate conditions are provided. You can get started anytime the soil is workable, which depends on your climate. The kit includes a bag of inoculated California mushroom spawn and a set of growing instructions.

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Oyster Mushroom Log Kit

These oyster mushroom log kits are handmade in Georgia and pretty enough to compete with houseplants. Each log is made from recently felled aspen and poplar trees, and planted with organic oyster mushroom spores inside. All you have to do is soak the mushroom log and keep it in a damp, cool, dark place. In between seven and 12 months, you’ll be in fresh mushroom heaven. Re-soak and harvest every six weeks for up to three years. Prefer shittake mushrooms? The same company has shittake mushroom log kits.

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom Growing Kit

Looking to branch out? Lion’s mane mushrooms may look unusual but they’re completely edible, and have a mild seafood flavor. They absorb flavors (and liquid) like a sponge, which makes them versatile in cooking. And, you gotta see one! They look like a mane of lush white hair growing out of a log. These mushroom grow kits can take a few weeks to mature, but some gardeners have reported faster results.

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Blue Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

Blue oyster mushrooms are one of the most popular mushroom varieties to grow from a kit. This blue oyster mushroom kit lets you grow mushrooms right on the kitchen counter. These kits are small, hand-crafted batches from a family farm in the Cascade Foothills of Western Washington. Your harvest should total between one two pounds of fresh mushrooms. Yum!

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Pink and White Mushroom Grow Kit

Pink oyster mushrooms would look gorgeous in a salad, and growing in the living room. Get pink and white mushrooms in this two-pack mushroom kit. It comes with everything you need to grow mushrooms indoors, including a misting bottle. Don’t have a green thumb? Forest Origins offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If your fungus fails to grow, they’ll provide a full refund.

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Enoki Mushroom Growing Kit

This enoki mushroom grow kit is easy to maintain and produces long, noodle-like fungi with small caps. The kit includes a fully sterilized sawdust block colonized with enoki strain, a small mister, and a humidity tent. Another great thing about this mushroom growing kit is that enoki can grow in a temperature range between 50 and 80 degrees—likely wherever your thermostat is. Expect to harvest fresh mushrooms about once a month.

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Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit

This mushroom kit is organic and non-gmo—and you can grow it straight from its cardboard package. To grow pearl oyster mushrooms, simply open the box and spray with water. You should expect to have edible mushrooms in about 10 days. Each crop produces three to four servings of mushrooms, and each box can grow up two crops. We think this is a perfect gardening gift for kids.

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Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

For the gardener that has it all, give them a unique project. The log is already seeded with spores. Just soak the log in water and wait for the mushrooms to appear. Enjoy your mushroom harvest for up to three years.

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