dan long wrote:So you guys are telling me that i can just sprinkle some spores or place a mushroom butt on a chunk of: soil/manure/wood chips/log/cardboard and have a chance that it will produce mushrooms? Why are people on youtube sterilizing or sanitizing everything then? It sounds like the effort:output ratio favors the "shotgun approach" or just flinging some spores all over the place unless you guys are getting like a 2% success rate.
I'm new. Could you tell?
John Saltveit wrote:Reading "Mycelium Running", also by Paul Stamets is one that I will also recommend very highly, even moreso than THe Mushroom Cultivator.
Dan Tutor wrote:Good to know! I haven't read that one, just heard great things. Does it go into specific growth parameters for different species?
Not that it needs to, Paul covers that thoroughly in the other two, just curious.
John Saltveit wrote:Even his company admits that a lot of the info is outdated. Some of the protocols on sterilization are outdated, and some of his best recommendations on how to cultivate forms of mushrooms are outdated. He doesn't mention putting the gills of the mushrooms in sunlight for example, because it had not yet been invented. His section on blewits is not very carefully described.
Angelika Maier wrote: Yes, a really good book for the home gardener is missing.
John Saltveit wrote:I live in a very wet place with tons of trees, spores, and life. I think the dirty cultivation may be less successful here than where Joseph is. I appreciate the viewpoint, though. It may be very useful to someone in a similar climate.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: But I'd rather plant them and forget about them until harvest time.