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Video: How to Grow Morel Mushrooms in Your Own Backyard

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Almost everyone loves morels and people spend tons of time every spring finding them. What if you could cut down on that time and find them in your own backyard?

This video shows two different methods for growing delicious morels in your own backyard. However, neither method is particularly easy so this will take some planing and dedication. More importantly, you need to start off with a supply of morel mushrooms to harvest the spores. This might be a perfect supplement to your wild harvest of morels this year, but if you want to try this yourself then start planning now.

People also pay big bucks for morels all year long, which might make these methods even more appealing.

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  • Some Rabbit

    One time I inadvertently inoculated my yard with the cremini mushrooms you buy at the super market. I had some fresh mushrooms that had started to get slimy and decompose, so I just threw them out the backdoor. Next spring the grass was full of them.

  • Bill

    Can this be done using the dried morels that are available for purchase?

    • Slacker

      theoretically it should be if they havn’t been heavily washed or treated with anything

    • Michael Bristow

      I have been using my spore wash throughout the fall/winter from reconstituted dried morels that I had from my spring hunts. Of course I did a true slurry dump in April but I have been pouring the dried morel water bath on the same areas.

  • Katie Hawkins

    What time of year would you distribute the slurry (in the Ohio area)?

    • Jose

      Generally in the spring using the water the mushrooms were washed in.

  • Michael Bristow

    I did my slurry last April with some fresh morels. I have been checking on the progress of the mycelium and it’s looking good. Not sure if it will fruit this year but I went a step further and simulated a ground burn last night over top of the area. Instead of just using wood ash, I burned a few logs and then even dumped the still burning embers along with the wood ash right on top. I then sprinked distilled water over top this morning so it would get into the top soil. We will see if I’ve turned the switch on the nodes shortly !

    • Perry Marti

      how do u make the slurry please????????

      • Señor Paco

        You put the spores in water. Watch the video, it takes 8 minutes.

      • Señor Paco

        Go to 5:10 on the video. That is where the slurry is explained

  • Perry Marti

    can anyone please tell me how to make the morel slurry?????

    • What the…

      It tells you in the video.

    • Jose

      What I use is; wash the morels extra well, because of the grit, in a 5 gallon bucket of water. After a good swishing around in the water give the mushrooms several good shakes above the bucket of water to dislodge the grit and loose spores. Dump the bucket of water underneath a dying elm or on wood chips, in a year or two, if your lucky, morels will be popping up there. Continue sporing every chance you get to improve your odds.

  • Señor Paco

    I really like the videography (speed up, slow down). Nice work!!