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Pandemic provides spores of opportunity for wannabe mushroom growers

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Ralph Haydl carefully sprinkles coffee grounds, a mix of spores and chalk in alternate handfuls into a pot. Within a few days, he’s hoping that the first, pale signs of mushroom growth will appear. “It’s wild how fast that happens,” says Haydl. Not too long afterwards, he’ll be able to harvest a batch of fresh oyster mushrooms. While Haydl has been a fan of mushrooms and has grown them at home for a while now, the number of people in search of a new pandemic hobby who have begun growing mushrooms has swelled in recent months. The trend towards growing and making foods at home has also coincide…

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