John's Thoughts

  • Five mushroom substrates and why we chose hardwood pellets

    Growing mushrooms indoors requires safety, efficiency, and quality. The ideal substrate – the fungi’s food source – should meet those criteria to better the chances of harvesting a large cluster of healthy gourmet mushrooms.

  • Oyster mushrooms shrink, paralyze nematode heads in the wild

    Oyster mushrooms normally feed on dead wood and organisms. But sometimes, they immobilize and eat nematodes on the side.
  • Humidity and cold shocking prolong mushroom grow kits

    You can have as many as five harvests of mushrooms in your own grow kit by maintaining the humidity and trying an extra trick.
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  • Support Memory, Focus and Cognition with Lion’s Mane

    by Andrea Bartels NNCP RNT Registered Nutritional Therapist As we age, we become more aware of our cognitive functions with the occasional short-te...
  • Growing mushrooms indoors: Incubation and grow rooms

    Have you ever felt less productive on a scorching hot summer’s day? The mycelium in our growing medium sure has. As temperatures in the Ottawa ...
  • Growing mushrooms indoors: Adding spawn

    In the second article of this series, the mushroom substrate goes from inside the sterilizer to in front of the laminar flow hood, awaiting the precious mushroom spawn.
  • JCB Gourmet Mushrooms, Deep Roots save van-loads of growing fungi

    Moving growing blocks to an insulated root cellar prevented the fungi from spoiling in an overheated incubation room. Each block can grow about one to two pounds of mushrooms.
  • Grow kit difficulty levels represent time, steps, and flexibility

    You can now choose which mushrooms you want to grow depending on the challenge you desire. Our difficulty levels are based on the growing time, the steps to follow, and how flexible mushrooms are to different conditions.
  • Growing mushrooms indoors: The grow mix

    The types of mushrooms we grow mostly decompose hardwood trees in the wilderness, such as oak, maple, and beech trees for example. We try to replicate that environment indoors with our grow mixes, known as substrate.
  • Choose your chestnut: Popularity of "Chestnut" shows importance of scientific names

    At JCB Gourmet Mushrooms, we grow the Chestnut mushroom and the Chestnut mushroom. The scientific names should clarify any confusion around the popularity of the chestnut in common mushroom names.
  • Saprophytic mushrooms decompose dead wood and minerals for good

    It is common to notice mushrooms growing on dead and fallen trees. As ancient oak trees that stood tall through the tests of time begin to decay for example, mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms or the Lions Mane mushroom, fruit out of the wood, breaking down the tree for food. Those are saprophytic mushrooms.