I have some oyster mushrooms that are a bit past what I want to eat. I'd love to slurry them, the easiest place I can put them right now is on a wood chipped bed in full sun. is that worth doing? Anything else would have to wait a week or so, and I don't think they'll last that long. Due to construction, everything is getting messed with, the only safe spot I can think of right off is that wood chip bed. Next best would be down in a pile where I am semi-composting, mostly just dumping, weeds in a stack. That's pretty full sun too, and probably dries out fast.
Suggestions? I hate to simply toss them in my compost pile, it's not hot compost, and it's on the "will be messed with" list.
Thank you! :D
Eric Hanson wrote:Oh, Pearl, I say dump them on the woodchips. Is there any way you could cover the places where you dump them? Straw? Grass? More woodchips? I am just thinking of a way to keep them consistently moist.
There's cardboard under some of the chips, and elderberries in there that would shade it a bit. It's never bone dry there. and if I dump it today, it'll get rained in hard tonight, on top of seriously soggy soil from the last storm (which is why I can't get lower down to other areas easily, it's currently a swamp!)
The slurry has been slung!! I forgot I had dumped leaves on top of some of that chip, so I kicked some leaves loose, slung slurry, then kicked them back. I have an elegant planting style, don't cha know! :)
I saw on the way home why I'm staying off the swampy parts of my property right now. I don't know what someone was driving that they got out of it, but there were mud ruts about 18 inches deep across a vacant lot. I have lovely soft soil, I don't think I could even walk it right now, even my paths are mud pits. I'm trying to not tear up my soil before I get the paths stabilized.
I've been using spent oyster mushroom bags from a grower to grow mushrooms.
She has stopped selling them, so will have to buy spores online now.
For substrate I'm vacillating between Bermuda hay I buy for my goats, very old wood chips, or oak leaves I can gather from An oak forest. I used all of the above to make my starter bed, o g with coffee grounds. Looking for advice.
Ooooo, I like the look of those mushrooms. I am going to try blue oyster mushrooms this summer in a bed where I got wine caps last summer. The wine caps were great for making compost, but they only tasted good when harvested small, a difficult achievement as wine cap mushrooms grow so incredibly fast.
I am hoping that the oyster mushrooms will further break down and generally add goodness to my garden bedding and provide a source of tasty mushrooms. From what I have heard, they do both of these things very well.
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