Devon Olsen wrote:i may soon get spores for blue oyster, enoki, and wine cap mushrooms
when/if i do, i plan to fill a few jars with hardwood pegs and inoculate said jars by simply squirting some spore in there from the syringe
after the pegs are well colonized i will use the enoki nad the oyster pegs to inoculate logs and i will mix the wine cap pegs in with wood chip mulch on my corn field and around the hose outlet, its always leaking when you turn on the hose and i figure i can make use of that water thats running off out of the faucet thingy
only question, how does one sterilize the hardwood pegs?
Nancy Dobrinski wrote:Last summer I bought Winecap mushroom spawn from Field & Forest in Peshtigo, WI, and mixed it with a bale of straw that I had dampened and strewn to a bed size of about 5X6 feet. Didn't chop or pasteurize the straw. It was so easy, it was ridiculous. I did this after frost danger had passed here in northern Wisconsin. Covered the bed with clear plastic for a few weeks, then uncovered for remainder of summer. Got LOADS of mushrooms all summer long. They were growing in filtered partial sunlight and I just made a point to keep the straw damp. The Winecaps are so mild, they almost taste like butter to me. Not the most flavorful compared to shiitake, but very good production for a very small effort. My favorite was just to slice them in half lengthwise (the stems are edible too!) and sautee them in a bit of butter and garlic, maybe some onions, and pile on top of a grass fed beef burger. MMMMMMM!
This spring the bed looks flattened to about an inch -- I'm wondering if they'll return or if the frost kills the spawn. Should I add more straw on top? Buy more spawn and straw and start over? Ideas anyone?
Tannim Kyraxx wrote:if properly sterilized and with good lids more or less indefinitely though it depends on what kind of lid you make a plain solid lid will stay sterile and keep its moisture content but is not that good for growing cause mushies need to breath just like people I prefer a single hole in the middle stuffed with poly fil(synthetic pillow stuffing) gor the gas exchange and making self healing injection ports out of high temp silicone with this setup it'll stay clean but eventually they will dry up some of course if the first thing you did with your syringe was make up a pint or quart of your own LC then its not really a problem just give it a lil extra LCas long as you don't get it too wet cause then you swing things into bacterial range. but are you really going to just shoot spores onto the plugs? it can work but it'll be slow and that can favor contams at the bare minimum i would add in some soaked grains (my preference is popcorn or WBS over wheat or rye but thats just me) the spores will germinate the same rate but they will tear into the grain and then each grain becomes a strike force invading into the wood but hey experimenting is half the fun I've had issues with just going spores or even just LC straight to wood doesn't mean you will just don't skip the pressure cooker 90min@15psi minimum can't wait to see your boomers and just wait till your partner finds you in the kitchen loading up jars of poo lol this hobby is addictive and will make you do all kinds of strange things PM me your SN on shroomotopia and
i'll add ya to my freinds list I've been inactive over there for a while but thinking of running a few jars of this and that maybe if we can get a few more people on this board going we could set up a free spores/culture ring or something