Great Parent – Child Bonding Project

Did you know that you could grow your own mushroom garden in your house?  Back to the Roots is an urban mushroom farm located in Oakland, California.  This mushroom farm makes Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden kits.  My boys enjoy growing plants in the house and I thought that growing mushrooms from a kit would be a great project for us to work on in the kitchen.  After we grow our mushrooms, the kids are going to browse the recipes on their website to find a dish for us to make where we can cook the mushrooms we grew in our kitchen.  How often do you cook with fresh mushrooms?  Would it save you a trip to the store if you could grow them yourself?  Does this sound like a project that would catch your families’ attention?

I have read about these kits and the soil in the kit is made of recycled coffee grounds and your mushrooms will grow in about 10 days if you mist it with water twice a day.  Each kit costs $19.95 and will give you up to 1  1/2 lbs of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms per box.  I think this would make a great gift for the kids who have everything and I think Grandpa would like it too!

Starting in the Fall of 2013, the Back to the Roots mushroom kits will also contain embedded seeds for sweet onions, tomatoes and basil.  This will allow you to use your kit to grow your mushrooms and then you can also plant your box and sweet onions, tomatoes and basil will grow too!

Day One:  Submerge soil bag in water for 12 hours.  I used a brick to lay on top of the soil bag to keep it from floating.

Day Two:  Place soil bag back into the original box and mist with supplied water bottle twice a day.

Day Ten:  Still no mushrooms, but we figured out that we had placed it in too much light.  Thanksgiving break came and we loaded it up and took it with us.

Day Eleven:  The mushroom garden was left in a darker area and out came the mushrooms!

Day Fifteen:   Check out our pics!

Disclosure:  I was given a Back to the Roots Grow-Your-Own-Mushroom Garden Kit in order to facilitate my review.

 

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  1. Hello, I am Saki Shimizu, Back to the Roots’ intern from Japan. I just want to take a quick moment to thank you for writing about us and sharing our mushroom garden! We really appreciate your support! Our community is what keeps us growing!

    By the way, would love for you to check out our new Home Aquaponics Garden: http://bit.ly/AquaponicsGarden
    We are launching on Kickstarter and would love to hear your thoughts and for you to share with your community! Thank you SO much! Please feel free to reach out to our Communications Maestra, Megan Yarnall at: megan@backtotheroots.com!! Again, thanks so much for all of your support!