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#1 waylitjim

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:19 PM

Getting ready for the Fall woodlover season. I was happy to find a huge pile of woodchips at the local dog park.
I brought a bunch home to my awaiting azure and friscosa spawn. Here's the method I used.

4 Jars of popcorn spawn.
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Preferred woodchips (nice and small)
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Pressure cooked filter patch bags. (One jar per bag)
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A peek inside one of the bags.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:20 PM

Finished azure block
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Place the block in a tub, and cover with woodchips.
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Photos from a couple weeks later...
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Mmm... hungry mycelium!
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A touch of trich...but no problem.
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Almost fully colonized.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:26 PM

oohhh waylit i'm so excited to see this grow.

The mycelium in the bag looks fantastic! :bow:
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:28 PM

A Waylitjim thread is on-par with the best Christmas present you ever got.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:23 PM

:love:

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:30 PM

Wow man thats awesome, looks beautiful.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:46 PM

Love some waylit woodlovers threads!:loveeyes:
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:01 PM

Looks like the mycelium is grabbing that woodstick !

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Great pics as always Waylitjim... :)
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#9 eatyualive

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:55 PM

cool pics waylit!:headbang:
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:04 PM

Yess! :bow::headbang::bow:

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:32 PM

From the pictures you posted it appears that you like to keep the spawn 'together'? Looks like you poured the corn in a concentrated area and the colonized wooded block wasn't broken up?

Do you think that leaving the mycel like that speeds things up?
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#12 waylitjim

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:16 PM

From the pictures you posted it appears that you like to keep the spawn 'together'? Looks like you poured the corn in a concentrated area and the colonized wooded block wasn't broken up? Do you think that leaving the mycel like that speeds things up?


Exactly CM. I didn't break up the corn or the wood blocks. From my experience, the overall colonization speed increases since there's no recovery time. There's just a core mycelium nucleus which expands outward at great speed. I remember Workman referring to this as the island effect.
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#13 Myc

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:23 PM

Nice project Waylit! (even thought you've beat me to the punch) :lol:

Of course, all of the ideas I have about woodlovers were borrowed from your experiments.

Did you supplement the woodchip bags?
My plan is to try 10% and 20% supplementation with wheat bran.
Then, as your thread suggests, use the colonized block as a "starter block" (pun intended......mycelium running) for an outdoor colony.
This idea based upon some comments by Workman regarding the "island effect" and spawning or expanding outdoor beds. Paraphrased, it seems that a large mycelial colony is stronger and more aggressive than one which has been broken up and mixed with substrate.

edit: I just saw where you credited Workman with the idea.

Nice to see my idea will work. ;)
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:29 PM

Way cool, Waylit. :eusa_clap Thanks again for the inspiration.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:34 PM

Did you supplement the woodchip bags?
My plan is to try 10% and 20% supplementation with wheat bran.


That should work well Myc. I used some bran in these bags as well.
It can boost colonization, but it also increases the risk of contamination.
I've done it both ways, with and without. Either way will work.

These are the tubs I'm using. They have a hole in the lid covered with a tyvek patch.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:41 PM

All Hail Waylit Woodlover's 08!!!!!! :bow:


Do you ever find the bags of woodchips dries out before full colonization from the initial popcorn spawning?


Also, I notice you use Alder Chips - those must be available only in certain geographic regions. In my area, all that is usually available is Hickory chips or Oak chips in the stores. Both of which won't do too well with magic woodloving species. So I guess a chipper might have to be a piece of equipment to look into purchasing.

Thanks for treating us to a WaylitJim woodlover extravaganza!!!!!!!
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:45 PM

Sportsman's Warehouse.

Alder chips are great for smoking fish. ;)

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:58 PM

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:18 PM

Waylit you never cease to amaze me with your grows. I hope this one turns out well.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:51 PM

Nice to see yoou keepin busy Lit!
Just wondered what you mixed in with your bulk chips? Just dirty or did you add the dirt for a purpose?;)
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