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Mushroom Cultivation

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In last Sunday's Times there appeared an article on the cultivation of mushrooms. It was thought that the subject had been fully treated, but the fluiter falled to mention th? length of time mushrooms wlll bear' after the spawn hap mal A correspondent, having aslred tor j Information on tha matter, is Infórmeó that mushrooms do not come up all ai once, nor do they grow forever. Ii tho spawn is good and planted early iti Septi-mber, from four to five, and acmetimes six, weeks will expire the first erop of mushrooms makes it appeaa-ance. The first erop will grow tor tv,-o or three weeks, then the mushrooms will thin out, and a slight dressing of fresh loam, about half an inch in depth, should be spread over the .bed. When this coating has been beater. down with a spade, the soil sho.uld be gently moistened, with tepid water, and in a day or two a seoond erop of mushrooms (often better than the first) can be gathered. The second erop of mushrooms may last for three or four wee"ks, and about the latter part of December the spawn will be found to have exhausted itself, and fresh manure, fresh spawn, and fresh loam must be prooured for the form;ition of new beds if another erop of mushrooms is desired. To grow nv.ishrooms, successfully great care raust be taken to obtain fresh spawn, which can be bought in all the horticultural stores. But if the cultivator wishes to make his own spawn, he can do so by following these directions: Take equa.1 portions of horse dropping, cow dung, and fresh loara, anr". mix the whole thoroughly toeethtr. as vou wouid make mortar. Then firm the matter into cakes about the size „f a large brick. Place these bricks on edge under cover until they become hp;f dry, then risert into each brick a. p.cce of spawn half an inch or so square, and let the bricks remain until they are quite dry. Then spread about e'ght incbes of 'norse dung over the floer of the shed, ou which build the bricks in a pile, keeping tho side in which the spawn has been put uppermost. Then cover the pile of bricks over with suñicient stable manure, so as to give a gentle heat, not exceeding 100 degrees, through tüe whole. In two or three weeks the spawn will have spread itself through the whole mass of each brick, and will be ready to plant at any time during the wiDter.


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