Have you ever thought about growing mushrooms in your own back yard?
From a survival standpoint, growing anything yourself is better than having to depend upon someone else providing it for you. That is what being self-sufficient is all about. The minute you have to depend upon someone else for something is the minute you take a chance on being let down or being left out. So...
If you like mushrooms and want to save some money, you might want to consider growing your own. You can safely do this in your own backyard. Your reward is not going to happen overnight, but if you are willing to spend a little bit of money and do a little work, you will have all the mushrooms you can eat for years to come.
Please note, this is best done in the Spring
The process is not complicated, either. You need some logs that are about 4 to 5 inches across and 4 to 5 feet in length. The wood logs can be made of alder, oak, aspen, willow or anything similar. There isn't anything magical about the logs except that they need their bark because that is where the mushrooms start to grow. Get a 5/16 drill bit and a high speed drill. Drill holes in each log 1 and a half inches deep and 4 inches apart in rows that are 2 inches apart. Make sure that each row is not aligned with the one next to it, but offset, like a diamond pattern.
You will be inoculating the logs with small dowels which are dipped in mushroom spores (spawning material). The dowels must be hammered into the wood logs completely and sealed with cheese wax or bees wax.
Now, drop the wood logs into the ground lengthwise in an "S" pattern so that they are "standing up".
The mushrooms will take anywhere from 12 to 16 months to grow depending upon the conditions in which you live, the amount of water/rainfall you get and the structure of the wood you use.
You can grow other kinds of mushrooms, too. As a youngster, I spent many a weekend in the spring hunting for morel mushrooms on our property with the rest of my family. It was a competition of sorts to see who could find the most. With plenty of land, we would be out for hours scouring the leaf covered floor of the woods for this delicacy.
Here is a YouTube video of a fellow who decided to grow morel mushrooms in his own backyard.
You may purchase morel spawn materials here: http://www.gmushrooms.com/Morel/ and I am not affiliated with this company, either.
And, finally, you can also grow mushrooms indoors, but I don't have it in me to write about that yet. Maybe at some point in the future, I'll be able to handle that topic. Believe it or not, I don't like mushrooms. Ha ha
I am going to repeat this: From a survival standpoint, growing anything yourself is better than having to depend upon someone else providing it for you. Sustainable living is best whenever possible. Providing for yourself and your family is always the best option.