1. Select Location: choose a draught-free, airy spot like a wardrobe or laundry. (I'll be sticking mine in the bottom of the pantry I think?)
2. The kit contains two bags: peat moss (the smaller bag, called the casing) and a larger bag of compost.
3. Once the compost if white, apply the peat moss evenly over the surface, leaving it loose and fluffy. Do not compress. Spray water on it evenly. Close the bag gently and replace the lid.
Leave the box closed until the bag of compost until it looks frosty white or mouldy. (The first kit made no mention of this, and of course I remember the compost was brown, so wonder nothing happened. Actually, I remember wondering which was the compost and which was the casing, so I could have even gotten them the wrong way around! As I said, it had virtually no instructions.)
4. After 4-6 days start to inspect the kit: once you see fine white threads (mycelium) growing on the surface (5-10% coverage), open the bag and leave the lid off.
5. Using a hand held sprayer, water gently every day making sure the casing layer stays damp and does not dry out. Do not allow water to pass through the casing layer into the compost.
6. 1-3 weeks after removing the lid, you will notice tiny mushrooms forming. As the mushrooms reach pea size you will need to increase the watering rate, sometimes more than once per day.
7. Pick the mushrooms by gently twisting them out of the casing. Lightly smooth over the hole in the casing soil.
8. You can expect mushrooms to crop over several weeks or longer. After each crop, keep the kit in the same place and keep moist until the next crop is ready.
9. When harvesting in finished, recycle the contents of the kit and the box in your compost heap.