Bryant RedHawk wrote:In my case it helps keep stray spores from settling in and growing (I grow outdoors exclusively for now).
I tried logs in two spots on the farm and found out the hard way that for me, even those need to be inside a building to prevent contamination. ( I have since that event come up with a breathable cover (gray non woven and non plasticized roll of fabric) that is large enough to cover two stacks of logs.
If these are in your grow room just removing the cover should be enough but you can add a cloth cover if, like me, you like to sweeten the odds to your favor.
My next foray will be into some new for me species like morels and porchini.
wayne fajkus wrote:That first flush fizzled. I was out of town for a week so i put it in the dark. Got back, and a few days later, looks like i will be cooking mushrooms tonight. Thumb for size reference....
steve bossie wrote:Wayne,
try misting them with some water. looks like your substrate is drying out. ;)
Can i start taking a tablespoon of this mixture to start another tote? Seems like the only concern would be possible contamination?
ive done this. works great !
Dennis Bangham wrote:You can add boiling water to hardwood fuel pellets and have them as the substrate for mycelium. They are sterilized by heat and pressure when they make the pellets.
steve bossie wrote:I've done the coffee ground thing with a small bag of plug spawn to start. as you add your daily used coffee grounds strait from the pot they won't have a chance to get contaminated with anything. I've done 5 gal. buckets slowly adding more daily grounds over months, not needing to add more spawn.
William Bronson wrote:Tj Jefferson:
Could a spawn container be built with a water reservoir at the bottom, like a sub irrigated planter?
If they were done dutch bucket style, one bucket with a float valve could feed the rest.
Logs with one end in a bucket could be watered the same way.
Maybe add sand to the log buckets to avoid having open water that could be colonized.
How would shroons like an unheated hoop house?