This week we were able to talk with DIY expert, Kori Adkins, on their foray into mushroom growing. Starting from the ground up, they built their own cardboard recycler which fruited Italian oyster mushrooms through winter in the Arizona heat. Read on to learn more about her cool technique.
Mary: Hi! Tell me a little about yourself.
Kori: Hi, I'm Kori. I'm 47 and live in Phoenix, Arizona, with my partner, our English bulldog and three cats. I've been gardening for almost 20 years. Professionally, I am a UX Designer. Also, I run a YouTube channel (Shoestring Martha), that covers sustainable and affordable gardening and DIY projects.
Mary: Very cool - Where about are you located and can you talk a little about the climate there?
Kori: I am in the low desert of the Southwest, zone 9b. It's very dry, and for much of the year, very hot. 110s and 100-teens are typical during the summer. Most of the rain typically occurs during the monsoon season, roughly July-September. Though, last year, we didn't really have a monsoon season, only netting 15 days of rain, total.
Mary: Oof, that sounds pretty harsh. What inspired you, then, to start working with fungi?
Kori: I like to grow what I eat. I also gravitate toward the unusual. If it's something delicious, that I can't find in the store, or that is costly, I try to grow it myself.