Mushrooms In The Root Cellar

Mushrooms need 13-14 degrees C with 90% humidity.  This is a higher temperature than a root cellar naturally maintains and at the same time a higher humidity than cold rooms naturally support. Two low tech ways you can obtain the temperature in a root cellar is with an insulated root cellar “cold frame” and by taking advantage of the heat producing properties of composting manure.  There is a free book on the internet that describes many low tech solutions for growing mushrooms.

The book is “A Practical Treatise on Mushroom Culture for Profit and Pleasure” by William Falconer, 1901. digitized by Google at the Harvard Library.  This book is free online as a PDF download and here is the link:


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The Green Life Farm welcomes people who are on a path toward sustainability, increased environmental consciousness and mindfulness. We are 80% food self sufficient, off the grid for lighting, have reduced our wastes by 90% and have become more and more producers instead of consumers. The Green Life Farm is a place to meet kindred spirits and experience how it could be to reconnect with people and nature. Our farm is always open to visitors interested in alternative energy, living, thinking, building, husbandry, forestry, cooking and farming. In summer, our place is open to campers. Our names are: Bonnie and Sylvain. Calling 902-665-2084 is best because we are not online,, every day. You are welcome to bring your pet. Be ready to use an outhouse! All visits include harvesting (even in winter), preparing and sharing a meal…and good discussions
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