Dennis Bangham wrote:Dr. Bryant Redhawk. I would like to try this mycoremediation as part of an experiment and would like your thoughts. I can get liquid cultures of several different oyster mushrooms and have ordered 5 different varieties. I will use 2 (Phoenix and Tarragon) to inoculate grain and then wood shavings before putting onto the manure bedding mix. A friend got some of the old manure earlier this year and the only thing growing on it is some small mushrooms. Maybe too much chemicals or just too much nitrate?
Should I use old composted horse manure (up to 2 years old) or more fresh? Should I add a lot of wood chips to this so the oysters will grow faster?
I will use the rest of the mushroom liquid cultures to grow some food for the family, using straw logs and I can then use them as compost when they are done growing.
Suzanne Cornell wrote:... How would you go about doing this on a large scale? I guess a tractor would be needed to stir it up after the layers are starting to cool down? How often do you add the mushroom spoors? How do I grow enough mushrooms to do this without breaking the bank? Any ideas on large scale composting for 80 acres?
Also do I need to put inoculated wood in there? or will they grow on substrate in the compost.. There will be sawdust and wood chips in there also.