Garden Giant Soil Therapy Composting Mushrooms

Garden Giant Soil Therapy Composting Mushrooms

Grow Wood Blewit Mushrooms in Your Wood Chips!

Folks, your humble wood chip mulch is about to experience an amazing transformation! Just add this soil therapy and before you know it, you will be harvesting crops of our splendid native mushroom, Clitocybe nuda (syn. Lepista nuda or Tricholoma nudum)-- known as wood blewit or blue stalk mushroom because of the lavender tones that young mushrooms exhibit before they mellow to more of a tan color. Cloned from species grown at the Clemson Botanic Gardens, this is the most exciting way to grow mushrooms we've ever seen!

Wood Blewit is a soil-generating workhorse, converting hardwood chips or other organic matter into soil in a matter of just months. The fruitings can range from small to large, depending on the depths of your wood chips. The deeper the chips, the larger the fruit. Typical mulching depths of 4 to 6 inches generally produce mushrooms that mature to about 3-4 inches in diameter, nestled and hiding perfectly in the shade. Expect to find the largest and healthiest mushrooms near the moisture provided to your vegetables, so be sure to hunt them down a few months after planting!

Planting in the spring produces flushes later in the summer and fall, and can continue or naturalize for years by simply adding more chips. Mushrooms are meaty when picked young and taste like asparagus with a naturally, slight red wine flavor. Wood blewits are known for their stronger flavor, which makes them great for holding their own in dishes with other strong flavors (like onion). Be sure to include this ingredient only in cooked dishes, as the raw mushrooms can cause indigestion in some people.

Wood blewits are easy to transplant and naturalize in your garden and landscape. Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to build and enrich the soil while using your mulch as a growing area for delicious gourmet mushrooms! Hardy across the U.S. -- Zones 3-9. 5 pounds.

Note: If you can't plant your plugs right away, the spawn may be refrigerated for 3 to 6 months, but never frozen. Do not let spawn sit in the sunlight.