Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Newbie needs help with hardwood mulch question for wine caps

 
Posts: 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We have some King Stropharia and are ready to make a bed for it. I have a source for hardwood mulch, the tree part, or just bark. Which should I use? Thoughts?

Thanks,
Dean
 
gardener
Posts: 2672
179
forest garden fungi trees books food preservation bike
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Use the tree part. It grows on WOOD chips, not bark chips. Remember, the bark is designed by the tree to have special medicines in it to stop fungus from taking it over, to protect the wood. You want the wood. Also bark dries out faster=death for fungi.
John S
PDX OR
 
Dean Ousterhout
Posts: 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks John... is there a size limit for the chips? I have access to some chips from the local power company, but the chips might be 1-2 inches. Is that too big? The advantage is that they would be very fresh... as in just cut. and, I would know what kind of wood it is.
 
John Suavecito
gardener
Posts: 2672
179
forest garden fungi trees books food preservation bike
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That's not a problem. Sticks, like 4-8 inches long and 1-2 inches wide, won't inoculate well, but those chips should be fine. Keep them moist. I would put cardboard down on bare soil first, then spawn, then chips. I would put straw casing on top to keep moisture in and sun out.
John S
PDX OR
 
Dean Ousterhout
Posts: 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks John... one last question... does the straw need to be sterilized, boiled, etc?
 
machines help you to do more, but experience less. Experience this tiny ad:
A rocket mass heater is the most sustainable way to heat a conventional home
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!