Chris Dean

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since Nov 07, 2009
Central Texas
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I have excess corn that I want to use to grow mushrooms. I've never grown mushrooms before but I have been studying the process. I think I understand the basics but will use this as my first trial.

So here's my question. I've ordered a block of grain spawn and I have this excess of corn. I can break up that original block and colonize all my corn--in multiple batches--right? For instance, can I make a bag layering pasteurized corn with grain spore, then after the mycelium takes it over I can break it up and then use that to make more blocks?
1 month ago
Thanks for the video--haven't heard of this guy before...I like him!

Does anyone have any experience in dry conditions with no dig?
4 years ago
That's definitely one of the most photogenic beds I've seen! Great work
4 years ago
That's a cool idea. I'm interested to see the progress as you get things going.

Do you have high winds where you are? We have wind here a lot, I would think these would dry out quickly here
4 years ago
I have been reading more about aquaponics and wanting to get into it, but I have been trying to do it without electricity. It seems like the two basic things you need electricity for are pumping and aeration. You can address aeration by dropping water from a height (I've also seen other ways to do this...I'll have to find those videos) but then you have to pump it back up.

Then I saw this video:
...and thought this would be perfect. Has anyone tried this?
6 years ago
Cool! The other one I saw just looked different from mine. Thanks guys
6 years ago
But now I think I am mistaken. I planted it last year from seed but I may have mislabeled it. It died off and then came back really early this year. The chickens love it.

Anybody know what it is?
6 years ago
My income is about 90% from online work (writing, websites, etc.) and I work from home. Having that internet connection at home means I can be here all day and attend to any emergencies that might pop up on the homestead. It's extremely handy for me.
6 years ago
And I forgot to say...great idea with the strawbale! And don't forget to post updates:)
6 years ago

Todd Parr wrote:The city picks up all the leaves and grass clippings, etc.



Not trying to worry you or anything, but those grass clippings could have nasty stuff too. The nasty stuff will break down in compost though, but it might be worth it to test it out first. I hate hearing stories about seedlings being killed by compost--I want to only make my own from now on but without machinery it's a lot of work!
6 years ago