|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 01:17 am:||
Hey guys, good to see ya got this back up and goin....good to be back!;)
I am all shut down here at the house, but have patches goin outdoors. We took about 40 pounds worth of my straw trays and dumped them in a big hole with soaked cow shit from the store.
Has anyone done this with old trays? some had not even fruited yet- just had to ditch it all cuz the folks are comin in town.
Does the store bought stuff work? i cant check on them till fri.
It has a glass window supported 3" above the bed. Afternoon rains...any tips?
thanks fer any help...fishy1
btw- gettin goin again on the straw in 3 weeks- any reccomended strains? B+? Hawaiian? Anyone try the Thai's?
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 12:35 pm:||
I would like to know if anyone else has had success with store bought cow shit.
I got a bag of dehydrated cow manure. Ground up two cakes and mixed in with the pasteurized, moist crap. Looked more like compost, and sure didn't smell like cow dung.
Anyway, after 4 days, colonization had begun. It is now almost two weeks later, and no further growth is evident. There are white pea sized tufts all over the top, but not on the entire surface. I dug down a little, and it doesn't look like there is ANY colonization down below.
I like compost growing, but only compost I have had was from homestead kit. I don't live in an area where it is convenient to make my own compost, so any help on a source or substitute would be great.
I know about worm castings, but I would prefer not to pay shipping for 25lbs of worm shit...
Oh yeah, I have some thai's just finishing first flush now. Had some of the strangest looking fruits...very squat and flat and clumps of small fruit...conditions could have been off, but they are next to others that are growing 'normally'. Wouldn't discount them, but they were different.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 12:13 am:||
By Stephen L. Peele (Fmrc) on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 02:09 am: Edit
When using cow pies for casing or fruiting substrate, it is an art. First, there is only a small window of time the pie is right for growing. You do not find mushrooms like Ps. cubensis growing on fresh cow pies, nor ones that are too old. Even when you make compost piles using cow pies, the time is not right until the temperature first drops (after proper composting) and "fire fang" (a light colored growth) is noted. Only then is the compost pile inoculated. Only then will it support good mushroom growth. To try and use fresh cow pies that have not gone through proper composting and the natural breakdown has occured that makes the proper nutrients available, is a waste of time. When collecting pies, try to find ones that are a golden brown, and when you break it open, it is not black (too old) or mushy (too fresh). If you do have a cow pie that is in the proper stage to grow Ps. cubensis, the only way to store it is to dry it out and lock it away from outside air. Under these conditions, it can be kept for up to two years. slp/fmrc