Gordon Haverland wrote:But, in reading about fungi for the farm, I happened across Kind Stropharia. The Peace Country of NE BC and NW Alberta is an important place for bees worldwide, and Canada's first diagnostic imaging centre for bees is only 80 km away in Beaverlodge, Alberta. To run across a human edible mushroom which may have anti-viral efficacy for bees got my attention.
King Stropharia prefers hardwood. While I technically have lots of hardwood here (aspen, willow and poplar), I don't have any as wood chips that don't already have a huge population of fungi in it. So, I went and bought an assortment of wood chips for smoking meat (which includes maple), and I used that for what the patch sawdust was mixed with.
Eric Hanson wrote:Gordon,
I congratulate you on beginning an ambitious project in challenging conditions and remaining undaunted. I am trying to wrap my head around all the details of your plan, but unless I am mistaken, you are trying to insulate your pile enough so that your stropharia don’t freeze to death over winter.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Question. why heat them at all? What is the point.
In this thread Fast fruiting wine caps! There are a couple of posters with them in Alaska and at least one of them is totally unprotected and fruiting. I think you might just be adding extra work where it isn't needed.