I Tried To Grow Organic Mushrooms In My Apartment, And This Is What Happened


It started when my roommate was gifted a boxed Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm by a friend. The three of us, working professionals in our late 20s, sort of squinted at it in the Sunday afternoon light. We had never seen one before, although lately they are abounding at Whole Foods and other organic stores.

The idea of the farm is that the mushrooms grow within 7-10 days out of a cardboard box filled with live mushroom spawn (just as terrifying as it sounds), organic soil, and recycled coffee grounds and other composted waste. All you have to do is soak it in water, place it in a bright area—but not in direct sunlight—and then mist daily. Afterward, you get to harvest and cook the crop, which comes with recipes like mushroom sage flatbread, mushroom sesame ramen, or vegetable lasagna.

Read my whole article at Rodale’s Organic Life.

How To Make A Succulent Wreath

Whether it’s flowery purple Echeveria, plump “moonstone” Pachyphytum, or waxy Aeonium, plants from the succulent family tend to be beautifully lush and easy to care for indoors, provided that they get their requisite sunlight. Make an earth-friendly investment this season—and enjoy them in your home the entire year, not just during the brief holidays—with this succulent wreath.

Read: How to Make a Succulent Wreath