Here are some of our most popular questions.
What's in the box?
Each kitchen garden contains everything you need to grow oyster mushrooms. Growbag; this contains the magic, it looks white as the mushroom has effectively ‘taken root’ in the coffee and is now ready to grow out into a bouquet of delicious oyster mushrooms.
Eco – Spray bottle and pump – this is to water the mushrooms as they grow.
Recipe Card – there are many ways to cook your mushrooms and you’ll have plenty of time to think about it while they grow, but if you’re stuck for ideas, check out our recipe page here!
There are 2 bags, do I remove both of them?
No, please remove the lightweight outer bag and leave the inner bag on.
There isn't a cross on my bag?
If there is not a cross on your bag, don’t worry. If you remove the perforated window on the box and make a cross in the bag that will be the same size.
It looks white, where's the coffee?
It looks white as the mushroom has effectively ‘taken root’ in the coffee and is now ready to grow out into a bouquet of oyster mushrooms. Each kit contains enough coffee for the oyster mushrooms to thrive.
There is some green mould in my kit, will it still work?
Mould and mushrooms are found together in nature as they enjoy the same conditions. Whilst we do our best to eliminate it, it is still possible that some of our kits will have some green mould, if you are concerned to the amount of mould your kit has. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org along with a picture and the number of your kit which will be located by a small sticker with a 6 digit number on.
How long will it last?
We recommend for best results that you store the kit in a dry cupboard at a stable temperature and open up within one month of purchase. You should get your first harvest within 2 weeks. Typically you should expect two good sized harvests, then up to 4 in total, although the 3rd and 4th are less reliable, and take longer and have less fruit as there are fewer nutrients left in the coffee. After the first harvest, leave the Kitchen Garden to rest for 10 days then start again by soaking the growbag in water etc – although before you give it the soak, check for mini mushrooms that may be growing ‘unprompted’!
How long does it take to grow?
Every kit is different, we’ve had kits that have been ready to eat in 10 days and others that take over 3 weeks, however most kits are ready after 2 weeks.For the first week you won’t see much, but during the second week (typically after 7-10 days) the mushrooms will emerge as tiny ‘pin-heads’. These grow quickly doubling in size every day!
How often should I water the kit?
It’s important to water the kit with the mist spray every day to keep the moisture under the plastic flaps. If you’re going away for the weekend they’ll usually be ok so long as it’s not in direct sunlight.
What if my mushrooms don't grow?
We’re confident all our Kitchen Garden kits will deliver the goods, but if for any reason you’re struggling, we’re happy to give you specific advice and if necessary, replace the grow-bag.Our contact details are in the pack – email email@example.com along with a picture and the number of your kit which will be located by a small sticker with a 6 digit number on.
How many mushrooms will it grow?
Each pack is different and the mushrooms grow in all shapes, sizes and even colours!!The mushrooms are affected by the climate, moisture, their age, individual genetics and other atmospheric conditions. Some kits will grow lots of smaller mushrooms, others will be fewer mushrooms that can be much bigger! Our biggest yield from the first crop was over 500g, which was excellent. 150-200g is a more normal yield, but it will vary from pack to pack based on the above factors.
How do I know when the mushrooms are ready to harvest?
The mushroom are ready to harvest when then the edges of the caps on top start to ‘turn up’ – just like the image on the front of the box, or photos on our facebook, Instagram page, or read our blog post “When is the right time to harvest my mushrooms?”.
What's the white powder coming from the mushrooms?
If you see white powder coming from the mushrooms, it means they’re dropping their spores. This means you’ve left them slightly too long before harvesting, but don’t worry, harvest them anyway.
Are the mushrooms edible? What do they taste like?
Yes, the mushrooms are certainly edible – our oyster mushrooms are served in some of Newcastle top quality restaurants. They have an enticing velvety appearance, smooth firm texture and a rich mushroom flavour with a fresh peppery scent. This makes them an excellent ingredient for soups, risottos, casseroles– or luxurious mushrooms on toast! Have a look at the Recipes section of our website for inspiration!
What should I do when i've finished growing mushrooms?
Be sure to recycle the box. The substrate mix inside the growbag is now a nutritionally rich soil enhancer. Empty the bag, break it up and sprinkle in pots of houseplants or onto flower beds for them to enjoy too!
How can I find out more?
We’d love to see photos of your mushrooms growing, and the culinary delights you create with them, so please join us and share on facebook, instagram and twitter using #espressomushroom. If you have any questions regarding your kit please email firstname.lastname@example.org along with a picture and the number of your kit which will be located by a small sticker with a 6 digit number on.