My first successful harvest of winter mushrooms!
I used an online mushroom kit service that allows you to grow mushrooms at home in a box.
I highly recommend this company http://www.fungi.net.au/ . It's important to source kits from a reputable supplier. The kits cost between $20 - $30 and are posted to you.
My first box from the Bunnings hardware gardening chain hadn't been properly innoculated with mushroom spore and went mouldy and produced no mushrooms.
I selected a box innoculated with swiss brown mushrooms spore because I love their meaty flavour. You can select several varieties from white button to Japanese varieties.
The box comes with everything you need including simple growing instructions.
You just have to give the mushroom compost and casings a daily water spray and keep your mushrooms in a cool dark spot.
I used my laundry (so not technically the balcony!)
And in two weeks I got my first mushies.
They smelled so fresh - like a forest after a downpour.
...and there are lots more ready to emerge over the next month...
I'm scouring my cookbooks for some suitable recipes.