The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"
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Are you ready to dive into the magical world of mushrooms? We're excited to introduce the Mushroom Miniseries, our four-part exploration into the incredible, functional world of mushrooms. From learning about their adaptogenic nature to understanding how they grow, we're here to take you on a journey of discovery! Join me and my husband Billy as we partner with mushroom expert Louis Giller from North Spore to explore everything from how to grow mushrooms outdoors and indoors to discovering the incredible benefits mushrooms can offer our health and wellbeing. Our journey began with a simple walk in a nature preserve, and now we're bringing this passion project to you! Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms!

In this episode, we learn:

  • [00:56] This episode’s special guest!
  • [02:02] Billy and I started exploring mushrooms after watching ‘Fantastic Fungi’
  • [05:57] An overview of our four-part mushroom miniseries!
  • [07:57] Who is Louis Giller and why is he so crazy about mushrooms?
  • [11:31] Mushroom appreciation!
  • [12:36] How we started this passion project
  • [16:42] What is the difference between mushrooms and fungi?
  • [19:00] Are you looking for a product that improves plant growth while reducing water usage?
  • [20:40] Where can you get high-quality potato seeds this summer?
  • [22:50] What differentiates fungi from flora?
  • [25:21] What is the main purpose of mushrooms?
  • [27:08] Let’s explore the Wood Wide Web!
  • [30:54] What determines the fungus' fruiting body structure?
  • [35:38] Do potting mixes and composts with mycorrhizae help plants absorb water and nutrients faster, and how does this work?
  • [37:05] What are the little yellow mushrooms growing in your houseplant soils?
  • [39:36] What are adaptogenic mushrooms?
  • [40:40] Chaga and Reishi mushrooms: their anti-inflammatory benefits and unknown mechanisms
  • [43:43] Why mushroom have high-end protein content
  • [48:56] Ready to prioritize your health by investing in your sleep with the comfiest bedsheets
  • [51:07] Are the Cordyceps from The Last of Us TV show real?
  • [53:21] Louis’ best mushroom-related books for beginners!
  • [57:37] What are the mushrooms that Loius regularly consumes?
  • [59:31] What are some affordable ways to grow mushrooms at home?

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For a more comprehensive look into the world of mushrooms,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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