I've been growing veggies out in the garden, that much is known. I've also been trying my hand at growing mushrooms. I love mushrooms as a food, but I'd always kept my distance from any knowledge of how they're grown, for fear of grossing myself out a little too much to enjoy them on my plate. But, a few weeks ago, me and my Dad found some easy-as-you-like mushroom growing kits in a DIY shop in Denbigh. The kit consisted of a polystyrene box, filled with some straw-like stuff and a bag of compost. The instructions indicated to store the compost and straw at separate temperatures for a couple of weeks, then to cover the straw with the compost, lift the lid and leave in a cool place. Mushrooms were promised after another couple of weeks. Indeed, three crops of mushrooms are promised.
Well, after following the instructions diligently, it seems my first crop is here!
I had some for dinner last night, and they tasted really good. It really did mess with my mind a little, eating something which has been growing in amongst some mouldy compost in my under-the-stairs cupboard, but I guess this is me getting in touch with where mushrooms come from. Not everything's as glamorous as apples and blossom.