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#21 Hippie3



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Posted 27 February 2005 - 08:23 AM

I've never seen a success story.

i've seen one,
spores directly to a cow pie.
but many many failure stories out-weigh one success.

#22 Guest_golly_*

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 08:44 AM

kkem ,My point was that by eliminating the natural competition which exsists in a compost pile ,a spore has a much better chance of survival.
This was simply one method u could use to generate a type of spawn that would be less likely to be eaten by critters and will allready have a 'taste' for compost.
I would actually favour soaking rye grain in the juice from your compost so u have the best of both worlds...Gluk..

#23 kkem444



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Posted 27 February 2005 - 03:03 PM

Wow, I definately need to make myself an outdoor bed. From what i've read, they are farily easy, are practicly immune to contams from what it seems, require little care after first prepared, and seem to fruit for AGES.

#24 Hippie3



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Posted 03 March 2006 - 07:59 AM

To make an outdoor bed one must have spawn, substrate, and a shovel. I start by digging a shallow area in which I wish to lay my bed. It is usually 8 inches deep. I then lay down a layer of substrate. I prefer horse manure compost, but just about any proper substrate will work (straw (pre-soaked is best), cow manure, organic compost, woodchips, etc.) I then mix in part of my spawn. Fresh spawn is best, but old subsrate also works. I continue to layer the substrate/spawn untill I have used all of my supply up. If using grains of any kind, I suggest adding a layer of substrate only to the top of the bed. This may keep critters from invading your bed as a source of food.
Here is what I did for my custom outdoor set-up.
I constructed a raised bed using 1x8 (really 1.something x 6.something). I painted the boards to prevent pre-mature decomposition. I constructed a hoop-style greenhouse frame to fit into the bed. I used 3/4 inch? PVC pipe. I covered the frame with plastic sheeting. The back side of the greenhouse was covered with black plastic. This was done for two reasons, 1) It blocked my neighbors from viewing my project 2) It acts as a solar heater for the greenhouse. When sunlight hits the black plastic it creates heat which is then trapped by the greenhouse. i figure this will allow me an extended growing season for my projects.
I filled the bed with about 4-6 inches of horticulture grade perlite. This is to aid in both drainage and aeriation.
I then covered the perlite with weed barrier cloth. This materal allows for moisture and gas exchange and will provide a separation between my substrate and perlite.
I then added my substrate/spawn as described earlier. I should have created shade for my set-up, as the shaded portion of the bed colonised faster and fruited first.

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