Posted 04 January 2006 - 03:56 PM
if so are the woodchips soaked in water to hydrate
before being used? or simply used right out
of the bag.
also, could somone please reccomend a "type" of woodchip
Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:02 PM
Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:27 PM
Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:38 PM
as a bottom layer? instead of crumbled cakes or grains.
would this colonize the straw efficiently?
i have heard some negative comments
and some positive comments
concerning the topic.
thanks for the quick reply dial8:headbang:
Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:41 PM
Now we are talking about cubensis and not a wood loving species, right?
Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:49 PM
i would be able to spawn way more cubensis during warm months.
i would consider other species but the cold months in my area are few, and the warm months are more common. i dont think the cold cyans would do well for me,, but i am in a mixed weather climate, winters are short and cold, and summers are warm. i read somewhere that cyans we're difficult to fruit, so this scared me off. what would you reccomend?
Posted 04 January 2006 - 05:09 PM
waiting on cakes to pin,but i can definitly make enough
for cutting pieces and mixing through the straw.
this sounds better than my original idea
of an all cardboard bottom layer.
i want to use tissue for my cardboard, so i gotta wait:bow:
but i have a huge mass of cut up boxes saved and ready to go
Posted 04 January 2006 - 05:19 PM
If you are spawning cakes to straw I would pasteurize the straw. Although this is not necessary for outdoor beds I think it softens the straw some making it easier to colonize.
Above I thought you were wanting a suggestion for a casing layer. What you are wanting is a substrate material, and straw works great.
Straw can be used as a quazi/pseudo casing layer outdoors.
Clariffication: Casing layer is a non nutritious layer that simply supplies water for the developing fruit bodies.
Substrate is the medium that the mycelium colonizes and uses for food.
Posted 04 January 2007 - 11:44 AM
Posted 04 January 2007 - 12:28 PM
HW Mulch can make up 20-30% of the mix ..Best to have a matrix of different sizes ..The larger chips provide a nessessary long lasting food source to carry the patch through the next season..
I'm sure some sugars are leached with the drain water from fresh chips but
shouldn't be a significant problemo...
Posted 04 January 2007 - 12:58 PM
What about incorporating some leaf litter into the matrix?
Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:06 PM
Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:57 PM
Best to heat the chips by bringing a large pot with chips n' water to boiling point then turn off heat and let sit untill the chips sink [fully hydrated]...
Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:17 PM
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:37 PM
Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:57 PM
I've had good colonisation in my outdoor bed but no fruiting as yet (it was started too late last year).
The bed is made from a bag of "forest chips" I found at my local nursery centre which seems to be mixed hardwood & softwood chippings and about 30% bark bits.
I need to move the bed in a month or two, and I had a small experimental probe in the bed and everything seems to be covered in nice thick white mycelium :D
I'll be moving (and expanding it) shortly, and if I remember I'll take pix and post them.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:46 PM
Posted 02 April 2007 - 11:16 PM
Avoid the resinous woods like pine.