Chris Kott wrote:I compost my kitchen scraps and rabbit’s litter, whose bedding is composed of raw wadded paper byproduct, which the worms love. As we eat a lot of fungi, we have a few different species competing in around the compost and in the garden. Dominant, I think, is the King Oyster, but recently I have seen some enoki poking up from under the bin.
I posted the above on your blog. I thought it relevant.
Eric Hanson wrote:One of the reasons I suggest Stropharia is that it is an extremely aggressive fungi and really decays away woody material into a mushroom compost relatively quickly (typically 1 year at first, then as low as 6 months as the fungi get established). Also, Stropharia are not as picky about growing conditions as other varieties are.
Eric Hanson wrote:Diane,
I first had to look up what liriope was. At first I was afraid it was another mushroom, but seeing that it is a plant (I got this correct right?), I am thinking there is no problem. Again, and just to be clear, you are wanting the liriope and Stropharia to be directly adjacent to each other correct? If I understand you correctly, then I see no reason why this combination not only should work, but also be mutually beneficial. I imagine that the liriope would provide shade and roots to the Stropharia, and the Stropharia would break down woodchips and feed your liriope.
Ideally, the chips should be a minimum of 6 inches deep and 12 would be preferable. With this in mind I would lay down a nice, thick layer of chips, Inoculate, water and wait.
This sounds like a great project. Please keep us updated as to your progress.