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Chris Holcombe
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This is my first venture into mushroom cultivation. I watered them regularly for the first year and kept them under the shade of a cedar tree. It's now the next summer and it usually dries out in Portland. Should I continue to water them or can i just let them go? The instructions from fungi.com didn't really indicate what to do.
 
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They need to keep moist. Are they in logs, buckets, bags, or in the ground? Tell us about your set up.
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It's about 12 oak logs that are stacked up on the ground.  They're all about 4 ft long and 12" in diameter.  I don't have any shade or moisture cloth over them.  I water them now about once every 2 weeks and just spend a few minutes spraying them down with the hose.  I haven't seen any indication of pinning yet but I think it's too hot for them anyways.  fungi.com said the fruiting temp is 55-65F I believe.
 
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I put a pallet and then a tarp over mine.  The pallet makes sure there is air flow and the tarp prevents dessication. Direct sun is not good.
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