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Dennis Bangham
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I got wood chips delivered about 7 to 8 weeks ago.  A total of three piles.  Of course it is hard to tell for sure but one seems to be oak, one of cedar and one of a very white wood. I went by smell.  But since the leaves did not form it is all a guess.  These beds are in North Alabama.

I also have a 55 gallon barrel of oak shavings that I stored soon after bringing in from a nearby mill.  I have started Raspberries in the two beds but it will be a long time before they provide any shade.  I also ran some drip irrigation to these two beds. 

I want to use these chips to grow Shaggy Mane and Wine Cap.  Will this work? The shaggy mane is colonized well on rye berry and the Wine Cap is already on sawdust and maybe ready in a week or two.

Any guidance on how to make this work?
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I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope with the cedar chips for quite some time, but your oak should work very well for the wine caps.  Not sure about the white wood, but likely will be fine as well.  You might want to consider some 50-75% shade cloth until things get established in your beds if you're wanting your spawn to colonize well and stay viable.  I kind of like to grab hand fulls of spawn and plug it into the chips rather than mixing it all together evenly.  You can mix in some soaked straw to get your spawn colonizing a little faster as well...it's easy food for the wine caps but they use it up quickly.
 
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I agree with Dave.  Wine caps like the bacteria of non sterilized substrate, but I don't know about shaggy manes. I've never cultivated them.
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Dennis Bangham
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Thank you very much. 
I do like the idea of plugging instead of broadcasting.  It makes a lot of sense. 

From what I have read on Shaggy Mane's is they like compost so I can add some of that to the chip pile as a separate layer.  

I can add some 80% shade cloth as a blanket for now since I will not expect anything until late fall or later.

thanks again.
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