Lazlo's Poo/Coir/Coffee cased bulk substrate spawned by grains tek.
Posted 10 June 2005 - 01:40 PM
OK. Here's some tips on the the tub growing techique that will save you a lot of hassels and failures. These apply to any substrates or teks you might be using for tubs.
1. If you apply some duct tape to the bottom of the tub to the top of the substrate line, this will help any mushrooms that grow from the sides of the substrate grow up to seek light. If you don't do this, some of the fruits will grow down or invitro along the side of the tub. This makes it easy to harvest the mushrooms that grow in this fassion. These fruits are the first to pop up, so you'll want to be able to harvest them so the casing layer can fruit and you will not have fruits stuck on the sides of your substrate, possibly rotting and causing bacterial problems on your substrate.
If you do like WaylitJim does and apply a nice and neat line of tape around the tub so you can neatly spray paint from the tape line down with black paint. Rough up the outside of the plastic bin with 220 grit sand paper first so the paint sticks well. Paint it dark. This will prevent most pinning from the the sides of the substrate. I don't mind side pinning myself. But that's me. Some might want to take Jims route, which is great also. It's up to you what you want. You might want to see what type of paint he uses for durability. But if you paint the tub, leave a spot clear on the bottom of the tub so you can check for moisture content. That's described below.
Posted 10 June 2005 - 02:05 PM
Posted 10 June 2005 - 02:34 PM
Now about the heavy moisture and cleaning off the fruits well after harvest. See the pic of the trichoderma eating the hell out of the substrate? This is the one that I forgot about for 2 weeks and see the mold eating the mushroom tissue. I was damn fortunate to score 412 grams from it before all hell broke loose. LOL! This is a fine example of how trich just loves mushroom tissue and heavy moisture. You've gotta keep the moisture and fanning right in bulk tubs for healthy growth. Bacteria and molds just love a saturated substrate and a bulk growing tub with standing water in the bottom of it. That's why I suggest flipping the tub for getting all the tissue that's all over the substrate after harvest. So the substrate can be cleaned on the lid making the substrate very accessable. You can get all of the tissue off very easy like this, keeping a healthy substrate for further flushes. :)
Posted 10 June 2005 - 11:01 PM
Posted 11 June 2005 - 01:51 PM