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#1 Bulk

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:24 AM

So I went for a drive through the country yesterday.
Had a good time. Wish I would have brought a camera!

But anyway.

I stopped at the farmers market. They had bags of composted local cow poo.
A huge bag (Like a big bag of soil) for 2.99!

They also had sheep shit.

I know most people use Hpoo.
Havent seen much about Cpoo, so I'm guessing there's a good reason.

However, cubes are Bovine mushrooms,
Should work right?

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:26 AM

Yes, cow poo is fine.
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:33 AM

Depending on the cows diet. Some commercially prepared cow fodder makes for some pretty nasty poo. Free roaming cattle poo works fine especially when mixed with straw.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:44 AM

It's free roamed local straw eaten' cows!

I plan on casing a straw log for one tub (Straw log broken up and spawned to a mix of Cpoo, verm and coir and lime), and spawning grain to a sub of Cpoo, verm, coir and lime for another.

Gonna look up a few hpoo tecs, feel free to make suggestions.

I'm thinking mix all sub in pillow case, pasturize in pot at 160F for an hour and a half. Drip dry over night, Make tubs in the morning.
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:21 AM

Great find!

Cow poo is often more of a "muddy" mix, reason why most home growers use horse poo.

You'll want to cut it with something fibrous like straw coir or verm or all 3 :lol: Just don't want it hard to get to field capacity and have a cow poo mix the mycelium can't move through.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:33 AM

I agree with freaky, cow poo is way more dense than hpoo and definitely needs some fluffin' up.
Yield wise, it works almost as well IME.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:40 PM

show me your manure and I can tell you if its any good or not.
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:52 PM

yeah yeah, post some pics

Coir and cow poo have done decent in the past for the little I work with it. Still want to try some more, sometime.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:25 PM

I'd like to chime in here. I've become pretty good at growing with cow poo, and it does have a couple of advantages and disadvantages.

One of the primary disadvantages I've noticed vs my grows with horse poo, is that it's going to take a bit longer to fully colonize. This can be attributed to the additional density of the substrate I believe.

One of the biggest advantages, on the flip side: Due to the increased water capacity of the sub, more of the weight is moisture. I've had to mist these tubs less frequently than hpoo tubs because they will not dry out quite as easily. I prepare mine with about a 60/40 cow poo/verm mix.

It does take a bit more practice to get "just right" as far as moisture content though, as you are going to be unable to do the "field capacity squeeze test". With cpoo it's more than likely just going to squish through your fingers.

I'm a big fan of growing with composted cow poo, and I hope you'll find the success in it that I have. :rasta:

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:33 PM

show us your shit man! LOL!:amazed:

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 03:46 PM

Usually when people sell composted manure, it's composted all the way, so that plants can make use of it. This means that your fungi may not be able to use it. Does it look like fine, dark soil?

You want manure that isn't all the way composted, so that the fungi can decompose it further.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:11 AM

It is soilish. I'll get a few pictures up soon.
I'm sure even if its completely composted it'll still have some value. Granted it might not work as well as the semi fresh stuff. But here's to hope!

And at this point I'm having so much success with logs, I could care less if I lose a tub for the sake of science.

Worth running a test.
I'm not going to use a crazy amount anyway, like 40/60 cpoo/voir,verm
Then it's geting cut with a straw log, so in the end the test sub might be like 30% poo...

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

Yes, definitely test it out! It can't hurt anything; I'm not saying it would have a negative effect on the grow.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

I would go with equal parts coir verm and cpoo.

When I used 25% it seemed a little thick and took 5 days longer than my hpoo sub running side by side to colonize.




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