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Top 8 Reasons Your Mushrooms Are Not Growing And How To Remedy Them

02/01/2015

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How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

Learning how to grow mushrooms is like any skill. Sometimes you succeed. Sometimes you fail. The important thing is to keep trying and learn from your mistakes.

Yet it can be really frustrating to start out with what you believe is a successful mushroom project, only to have it produce nothing. Trust me, I know. It’s happened to me many times!

Although many factors may influence your success, there are some common mistakes that can be easily avoided. I’ve listed eight big ones below, along with practical solutions.

If you’re just learning to grow mushrooms, review this list to save yourself both time and heartache. Even if you’re a veteran, it never hurts to come back to the basics.

  1. Not Enough Moisture

Mycelium, the underground vegetative growth of a fungus, needs a moist environment to thrive and produce mushrooms. Mushrooms themselves are mainly water, so if you let the mycelium dry…

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Mushroom farming: Turning waste to wealth

02/01/2015

How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

My personal experience as an agric entrepreneur has proved that farming mushroom, antelope, quail, rabbit, grass cutter, snail, laboratory rat and guinea pig is second nature.

 In the case of mushroom cultivation, its production gives small farmers a big chance to increase their income, improve their health and offers an alternative means of livelihood to urban and rural farmers. The process of growing mushroom is one of the easiest ways to earn a living and not much physical strength is required in its production.

 The potential in mushroom farming makes it an investor’s delight as a viable money making option. Investment in mushroom production will, in the long run, contribute to food security, wealth, health and employment creation.

 Getting started

Starting a mushroom farm is a potentially lucrative way of getting into the farming business.  Its cultivation is also regarded as one of the most science-based branches of agriculture…

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Mushroom Growing in Zimbabwe

02/01/2015

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How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

Zimbabwe is a beautiful sub-tropical country located in southern Africa, surrounded by South Africa to the South, Zambia to the north, Mozambique to the East, and Botswana to the West. Its geographic co-ordinates are 20° 00’S and 30° 00’E.

In the past seven years intereImagest in mushrooms greatly increased in Zimbabwe. This is mainly due to the current shortage of mushrooms on the local market, which has caused prices to escalate. Mushroom cultivation has subsequently become a highly profitable activity.

The use of mushrooms as food crosses all cultural boundaries. Mushroom consumption in Africa and especially in Zimbabwe, has deep traditional roots. Mushrooms have been gathered since time immemorial in Zimbabwe and are featured in many local dishes, medicines, and appear in culture and folklore. Many Zimbabwean traditions regard mushrooms as gifts presented to the people by their ancestral spirits in the forests. For this reason the sale of…

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Mushroom growers handbook 1 -preface

29/05/2012

I have started doing a review of the Mushroom growers handbook with particular focus of helping people in Zimbabwe to start mushroom growing businesses, enhance current growersand also to help the whole populace to have knowledge of mushrooms. This handbook is a must have for all growers,and all thinking of growing mushrooms. The book is not so scientific its written in a way that everyone can understand.

i will upload all chapters together with a review, this will take time but it is my hope that it will benefit you in your endevours to grow mushrooms.

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Mushroom growers handbook-oystermushroom cultivation -Preface

Four people died after eating poisonous mushrooms in zvishavane,Zimbabwe.

24/05/2012

The herald of 21 February reported of how four people from one family died after eating poisonous mushrooms. What a sad thing to happen. I have in the past wrote on poisonous mushrooms especially in the Zimbabnwean context. Many myths exist in Zimbabwe on poisonous mushroom.

I read the news item with grief and sorrow and as an expert in the mushroom industry I was moved to write about it. My task became easy when I saw comments that followed the news item. Where Zimbabweans spoke their hearts out, despite emotions flaring some managed to bring out facts that we all need to heed to.

Below are some of the comments made, comments are indicated by capital letter c (C) while my response to the comment is indicated by an (R). its my longest blog post but I feel I had to cover this once and for all.

I left out some comments that didn’t have much to do with mushrooms, some quoted the bible in comforting the bereaved family and others blamed politicians for the tragedy. I hope my comments will help all Zimbabweans in a positive way.

As an expert in the mushroom industry in Zimbabwe I do not have bias towards certain mushrooms but the fact is wild mushroom hunting should be for experts by experts I mean those who have received the knowledge from someone and has been gathering mushrooms in the wild for many years? The expertise does not come by studying a degree but is gained in the forests.havingh said that even experts are poisoned.

C1. Experienced mushroom gatherers are sometimes poisoned by eating poisonous species,

R1. I can’t say much but agree to this commentator.

C2. they should have first given it to dogs before eating to see if the dogs survived

R2 This is one of the oldest myths in Zimbabwe and has also been made popular by a story in a primary school book which most Zimbabweans have read including me. This is cruelty to animals and must be discouraged, however the myth has a grain of truth. If you give poisonous mushrooms to a dog it may indeed die. But its also important to realize that the dog may not die immediately or later on or it may never die. Its also true for humans that they may die in a short space of time, later on or never die after eating poisonous mushrooms. Let me also say poisonous mushrooms differ in the level of toxins and also age of the people eating the mushrooms has an effect, quantity eaten is also a factor. In the same manner a dogs age may be a factor, what if the dog vomits and you don’t see it, what if the dog had eaten something that neutralize the poison or will eat something later that neutralizes the poison,I can go on and on but the truth of the matter is in the forests there are poisonouis and non poisonous ones so if you want to eat wild mushrooms you need to positively identify the mushrooms.

C3. howa hunouraya kazhinji hunowanikwa pamagumtrees. (poisonous mushroom are mainly found under gum trees)

R3. This is a popular myth that I have explained and I am never believed by most, I think every Zimbabwean knows this myth. The fact is there are poisonous as well as no poisonous mushrooms. Where a mushroom grows is non consequencial. I am a mushroom grower in Harare,Zimbabwe and everytime I do direct sales I am asked “are you not growing these under gum trees”. The gum tree has nothing to do with changing a mushroom to be poisonous, just identify the mushrooms positively. Having said that my suspicion is there is a poisonous mushroom that has a symbiotic relationship with gum trees. Apparently gum tree sawdust is used to grow mushrooms throughouit the world. Its just a popular myth. A search on google will not give you a result except for this post, that leaves me to conclude that this is a myth that is localized to Zimbabwe. I am not a passionate mushroom hunter but I have several handbooks on mushrooms and I have never come across a warning on not taking mushrooms under gum trees and I know it’s a myth.

C4. why cant the government do some outreach programe to inform people on the types of mushroom that are poisonous and the ones which are not poisonous .this is the second time a family has died with the same predicament.

R4. The government can do something about this, though I think it will be an expensive project that might not even achieve much. However let me say the deaths caused by poisonous mushrooms is so little to warranty such a move. The cost of doing so might be too high, when people will still hunt for wild mushrooms, the above comment that even experienced hunters get poisoned is also important. But that does not stop the government from doing something. I think its equivalent to say government must do something to reduce snake bites, its something that will continue to happen always. Whilst our government is failling in many things let us be careful to blame the government for all things like one comentator accused the president for the deaths. Before I get into politics we are all responsible to educate others on this.

C5. Some people are not caring and supporting their parents to the extent of an old woman eating poisonous mushrooms.

R5. Those who eat wild mushrooms eat for various reasons, I just love mushrooms that’s all even if I had all the food I will go mushrom hunting or go mushroom shopping for the types I don’t grow.

C6. Firstly it is wrong to assume that eating mushrooms is due to poverty. I eat mushrooms a lot because I like them but I would not call myself poor. Secondly this 65 year old women is more experienced in mushroom matters than any person I can think of so this is just a tragedy. Maybe tuzukuru twakatemawo tumwe tuhowa tukawedzera (maybe the grandcildren added some poisonous types)

R6. I can’t say much here this is one of the best comment I saw. Children must not be allowed to go mushroom hunting, however going with them helps preserve the knowledge on mushroom but care must be taken as children love to experiment.

C7. I would like to add these precautionary advice to all who gather and eat mushroom. Stale mushroom is not good for food. Mushroom which grows under gumtrees is a clear NO for eating as it is 100% poisonous Mushroom in water logged areas is a no again for consumption Pick or eat mushroom with known names and which if you give your domestic animal”dog” SPCA forgive me here it can eat without frowning twice. Mushroom which when dusted show dust particles or show foreign clouds emitted from its head is poisonous.

R7. This is comment is loaded with myths and lies from beginning to end. Before I go further some of the poisonous mushrooms are really delicious no wonder people enjoy the meal but later on die. The dog has come again, please save our dogs, a dog is likely to eat any mushroom that has been cooked irrespective its posonous or not. “Frowning dog” that’s a lie.Water logged area that does not change a mushroom in any way. All mushrooms release spores, spores are what the comentator refered to as dust. Spores come out under the gills and that is how mushrooms propagate. Not all mushrooms have gills some don’t like puffballs which release dust when they dry up. The gum tree myths is also refered to in this comment. After all is said the fact remains in the wild there are poisonous and non poisonous mushrooms, all we need do is identify which is which. A non poisonous mushroom remains so even if stale, however one would be discouraged from eating stale food definately.

C8. Poisonous mushrooms are not only found on gumtrees alone but are found on most trees that are not indigenous. Poisonous mushrooms usually exude milky looking substance when pricked or cut. House flies do not stay on them chere makonye uye kiti ne imbwa (cats and dogs) also stay away from them. In your rural areas or around your fields there are anthills or places u know u will fetch mushrooms at particular times of the year. Try to stick to those places. When you are not sure rather do not eat or eat home grown mushrooms or ones from reputable shops. Lastly when tragidies like this do not blame the government, family members or va Mugabe. Vamwe mozourayane muchipumhana uroyi accident i accident inoitikara.Ndapedza.

R8. This one made me laugh its loaded with humorous lies esp from a mushroom scientist’s point of view. For starters mushrooms are found all over the world and poisonous mushrooms are found close to all trees accross the globe.

In Zimbabwe some of the tastiest mushrooms are found under exotic trees like the boletus edulis (dindindi) which is also found under indegenous trees. Flies,insects can be found on any mushroom poisonous/non poisonous and the fact that flies,insects or other animals eat a mushroom does not make it non-poisonous because our digestion systems differ having said that its also true that there are some poisonous mushrooms that flies would not dare.
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Want to loose weight: eat mushrooms

13/05/2012

There are many things you can do to loose weight but they all come down to two main things: how many calories are you taking and how many are you loosing. You can loose weght by simply reducing your calorie intake or you can mantain the calorie intake and simply burn more calories than you are taking.

Diet plays a crucial role in weight loss while physical activity remains as relavant. Mushrooms are low in calories and have virtually zero fat. Mushrooms are important to human healthy as was found in many studies done to understand how mushrooms can be helpfull to those who want to lose weight.

Follow the link below for more details on wy mushrooms will help you loose weight.

www.livestrong.com/article/477240-mushrooms-to-lose-weight/

Business opportunities in mushrooms

09/03/2012

howwemadeitinafrica.com/gourmet-mushrooms-offering-a-good-return-on-investment/7612/

Just got that link and I was chatting with Chido Govera a mushroom enthusiasts and she said that’s not for africa. True remove all the advanced equipent and it becomes appropriate technology, that’s what we really do I will post images of simple structures in Zibabwe.

Thinking of investing In mushrooms then contact us we will help you upto marketing

oyster mushroom growing experiences

27/09/2011

Today I had like to share with you my experiences in south Korea when I went there for training, in the
picture you will see that the bags that this farm are quite small to what most of us growers here in
Zimbabwe know or practice, such small bags achieve high yields as compared to our big bags, The bags in
South Korea are standardized (one thing we lack here) the diameter is usually 14-15cm, substrate (ww) is 1kg.

What struck me was one farm that harvest only one flush and throw all the bags away (this is due to high costs High costs the farm incurs) they can’t afford the second flush, substrate is made such that the first flush is heavy and  subsequent flushes are insignificant even if they were allowed.

From the picture you can see that that mushrooms in the basket are very small (high quality) such
mushrooms have a long shelf life, better in taste- mushrooms are graded usually in t trtree grades, the honest truth is that what most growers sell here is not sellable in Korea and other countries as the mushrooms are too big and have a poor taste.

one thing I had like to high light is the use of black bags and transparent ones, its best to use black bags for
reasons I cant give details here, but its important to have a few transparent bags to allow the grower to see
what is happening inside, this allows the grower to see growth rates, contamination and it allow s the grower
to learn a lot on the behaviour of mushrooms.

Most growers in Zim are familiar with hanging bags, there are many ways that can be used, as in the image
that farmer stack bags on the shelves.

I hope the image will tell more stories than the ones I have high lighted.

happy mushroom growing!!!!!!!!!!!!oyster mushroom

Mushtella Bulawayo trip

20/09/2011

I travelled to Bulawayo to meet a few growers and promote our various products mainly spawn, the trip was
Was an eye-opener for me personally. There is potential in Bulawayo, one of the challenges is lack of support  from the responsible authorities. I would like to salute Agritex Bulawayo for a wonderful work they are doing  in that region. I saw button mushrooms on the shelf but did not see any oyster mushrooms anywhere and I  am told oyster mushrooms are in short supply that side.

I am not going to write much on this blog as far as the trip is concerned, I am going to be posting on the
Zimbabwe Mushroom Industry blog (zimbabwemushroomIndustry.wordpress.com), as most of the subjects are to do with the whole industry rather than to us as a private company

keep growing, be professional and keep it profitable.

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13/09/2011

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