Mushroom cultures on logs need several months or a whole year until the first mushrooms appear. In contrast, cultures on straw (pellets, chopped straw or straw bales) grow rapidly and can produce a bountiful harvest in a short time, just like the sawdust substrate blocks used in commercial mushroom farms.
If you don't have a garden why don't you try our oyster mushroom substrate kits with straw pellets. You can be sure of quick results indoors. Soak the supplied straw pellets in water for about 7 days, mix with the grain spawn and put the mixture into flower pots. The first harvest should appear after about 4 weeks.
We have kits for the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus, see photo) and the golden oyster mushroom (Pleurotus cornucopiae var. Citrinopiletaus, a bright yellow relative to the oyster mushroom). The pink oyster mushroom (Pleurotus salmoneo-stramineus, flamingo mushroom) can also be grown on straw pellets. This mushroom type needs more warmth and so we prefer to sell it in the early summer.
You can also grow oyster mushroom on straw pellets on a balcony, as long as you can find a corner with some shadow. Mushrooms don't like it too hot or bright sunshine. Accordingly balconies on the north or east side are best. You should also protect the flower pot from excessive rain water. Using our kits on the balcony, you can grow the oyster mushroom or one of its relatives roughly from April to October.