Perfect Mushroom Casing
Mushroom casing is also a green growing medium particularly for the mushroom industry. It’s an end-product which is made up of different raw materials, such as lime and peat. Other materials used in the making of mushroom casing are concrete and metal, among others. The mushrooms themselves are the products of this process.
First, they are harvested. Most farmers use mechanical harvesting equipment that crushes and grind up the mushrooms into fine particles called “tops”. After the tops have been removed, they are ground up further to make them into a powder, which is then mixed with a substrate and planted in a mushroom bed or in a garden.
After the wet process of drying is complete, it is then sprayed with a borate-based fertilizer. This will help the mushrooms to grow faster. The fertilizer is also used to condition the soil so that it will have proper moisture content for plant life. Another purpose of the borate-based fertilizer is to make sure that the mushroom casing has good water permeability for ease of aeration. This is very important for growing mushrooms that are indoors because they need good air circulation to avoid being overheated and moldy. This process of borate spraying, however, should be done only during the dry times since the dry days are the time when the substrate would be most permeable.
How to Create the Perfect Mushroom Casing for Your Harvest
Another way to condition this type of casing is to apply natural compost to the surface of the mushrooms. This helps improve the growth rate of the mushrooms. To improve the moisture of the soil around the mushroom bed or garden, organic materials, such as pine needles and straw can be used. However, it is best to use materials that are already moist on the exterior.
Other materials that can be included in the mushroom casing mix are wood chips and shavings from the wood. Wood chips and shavings will help add scent to the mixture while creating a better environment for the mushroom to grow. They also make for a great addition to your compost pile at home. Other materials that can be included in the mushroom casing mix include coir fiber and coconut husks.
When using a casing mixture, it is also important that you create an airtight seal on the mushroom as it grows. Without an airtight seal, the mushroom can become dry and brittle over time. It is best that the casing mixture be applied before the mushrooms reach peak ripening stage. This allows for an optimal moisture level and an even ripening of the mushroom.