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Worms love mushrooms

 
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My free-range red wigglers love their mushrooms.
 
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Mychel Matthews wrote:My free-range red wigglers love their mushrooms.



Interesting! Which kind of mushrooms are you feeding to them?
 
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These are free-range worms, living as nature intended -- in the upper most layer of the soil under leaves and other yard debris. I keep the area wet and mushrooms naturally grow, die and decay. I throw some leaves on top and the worms move in. I do have a "feed trough" -- the "belly" of an old pot-bellied stove -- that I keep full of kitchen scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells.
 
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Are there several different kinds? Could you post a picture?
 
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Here is a post I found from http://madbioneer.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-have-been-growing-mushrooms-for-years.html reaffirming the thought I had that worms ate mycelium.

"They eat the mycelium, weakening the mycelium and reducing its ability to produce mushrooms."

When looking for that link I found this one about oyster mushrooms that I thought was very interesting.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/oyster-mushroom_b_2522084.html

Where in it says that the oyster mushroom eats nematodes by stunning it with a chemical excretion and invading its body through it's orifices. So mixing live oyster mushroom mycelium and worms is probably a bad idea, they will go to war with each other and one will win.

However dead mycelium cant excrete and becomes easy worm food.
 
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Red Wigglers (Eisenia foetida) are the most common of the composting worms. Just google it. I don't have a shot of mine handy.
 
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I've been reading Tradd Cotter's "Organic Mushroom Farming and MycoRemdiation" for the second time. I usually skim books for pertinent info when first buying, and then try to read cover to cover later... anyway, the point is that he has a small section I just read a few nights ago on Mycovermicomposting, stating the red wigglers thrive on a diet of spent substrate and feed on mycellium.

I have put some spent substrate from Oyster mushrooms in my outdoor compost heaps and when I check on them after a few weeks, they are full of worms.

This is part of my plan for some new systems that I am trying to implement:
Grow Oyster Mushrooms on a substrate of straw, spent beer mash, and coffee grounds.
Feed spent substrate to worm bins to produce a high quality vermicompost.
Use vermicompost for compost tea for mass inoculation of gardens and fields
Additional vermicompost used for seed starting and rooted cutting pots for edible landscape plants.
 
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Any suggestions for growing mushrooms in a cold climate at high altitude? thanks.
 
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Interesting. I'm curious about incorporating intentional mushroom cultivation into a worm bin since it's hot and dry here and not yet enough organic material to support mushrooms in the garden. Or perhaps put them in harvested worm castings?
 
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