Later in the week I was out on a walk with the pooches in an unused wooded area by my house where there is a lake. All along the shore I noticed large patches of canary reed grass (Phalaris arundinacea). The new growth is 3 or 4 feet tall already, but there were clumps of standing dry grass at least 5 feet tall. They were so nice and cellulosey that I decided to pick some.
I know there has been discussion of triptamine containing grasses boosting the potency of the end product, and that interests me. But I have to agree with the folks that say personal bioassay is too subjective and I obviously don't have the resources to test alkaloid content. I have to admit I was mainly just looking for something to add to my subs and I know cubies will like it, and there it was . . . I guess the experiment is just "will this work at my nasty house?" :lol:
So I took it home and stripped off most of the leaves, hacked it into 1/4 inch pieces with my paper cutter and gave them a 12 (18?) hour bleach soak.
Sub is roughly as follows: 30% Phalaris arundinacea stalk, 30% horse poo (some goat and elk mixed in too) 20% coir, 10% castings, 10% verm.
EDIT: I tossed in some super fluffed polyfil on one of the deep square tubs as I intend on fruiting it as a cake, and want to see if this will help hold it together more. . . just messing around.
I have terrible trich issues at my new place (three runs and only a few tubs have given me a third flush even w/o straw) so I have been avoiding straw entirely. Thus I was a bit paranoid with the sub prep. Water pasteurized for 3 hours, oven pasteurized for 4 hours.
Spawn was a voracious cambo isolate on popcorn.
Spawned to mini bucket style tubs inside my mammoth glove box at what I guess to be about 35% to give a jump on colonization and trich. I normally don't case my bulk subs, but I figured I would do all I can to stave off the green, so I applied a super thin verm/coir casing to the top. Left 1 sans casing to see how it does. Into the incubator they went tonight.
Will do my best to get pics up of what the mix looks like before it gets too colonized to see. Computer and phone (and thus camera) issues atm.
Peace and Light,
Edited by TurkeyRanch, 19 May 2010 - 08:50 AM.