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#1 shobimono


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Posted 26 March 2006 - 07:38 AM

Foaf sent some pics of an idea she had last year.
She had seen people asking about outdoor grows and how to keep animals from digging them up to get at any grain spawn used to make the beds.

She had the idea of making "cages" from hardware cloth that she could fill with spawn/poo/straw, then bury these cages so they would be protected, yet the myc could easily grow through the 1/4" spaces into the surrounding soil/poo/straw (whatever you put in the hole with the cage).

All you need to make them is some 1/4" hardware cloth and tin snips (wire cutters) and a straight edge to help with bends. You can close the cages with twist ties.

Here are the steps to make a simple cage.

Here is a generic basic layout


The cages should be filled with spawn/poo/straw/etc


they can be buried, and hopefully you will have something pop up.

Some observations foaf had on this method are;
1. the cages should be as tightly packed as possible
2. when making the hole, if possible, you should add extra poo/straw in the bottom, sides and top.
3. bury the cage a bit below surface level and slightly mound soild/poo/straw over the top as settling will happen due to rain

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#2 Guest_freakachino_*

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 08:35 AM


I've been thinking of a simple design for outdoors, this seems nice and easy.

Thanks shobi for sharing! And nice to see ya back friend :)

#3 anticheffy


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Posted 26 March 2006 - 10:09 AM

my problem isnt with animals so much as worms and buggies


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Posted 26 March 2006 - 10:15 AM

Yeah those slugs are a bitch!!!!!
Makes me wanna:

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#5 WeedyResin


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Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:21 AM

Thanks alot... now here's one more project Freaky'll ask me to build. I loved our kiddie pool! Nothing like seeing great fruit poppin' up and comin' back a few hours later to find 'em munched down by fuckin' everything. I wonder if you could hook up an electric wire to the cage Shobi? :lol:

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:40 AM

a saucer of beer is a good slug trap

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:47 AM

Copper wire also works I think. Or just make a ring of pennies all around.

Beer is good too though, in a shallow lid.

One things for sure, slugs dig drugs :D

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:49 PM

Perhaps line the bottom and sides with landscaping cloth? It's pretty cheap and allows moisture/liquid water to pass through but is tight enough to keep out worms or bugs, at least from tunneling up through the ground into your substrate...

I've found a new type of screen at Lowes, it's "No See-um" screen with a tighter weave than conventional window screen and it keeps gnats out. That might be the trick for the above-ground portion in addition to the hardware cloth.

I've had great success using "spent" BRF cakes outdoors. After three or four flushes, I cut off any contams, bleach dunk, break them all up into small chunks, and toss them in a plastic litter box (10-12 pint jars per box). Then I clip a piece of the screen I mentioned over them with 1 inch binder clips from Office Depot. I pull the screen tight when I clip it so the wet towel weight (see next step) doesn't push the screen down to the cakes. I then put a white towel over it and keep the towel moist with bleachy water. White lets more light through. This goes into my carport or some discreet place in the yard. I have gotten three flushes out of these trays, AFTER the indoor flushes. I add no casing. This works most of spring, all summer, and into fall in my area. The mushies that come out are usually bigger and better formed than the indoor fruitings, often pushing up the screen and getting a neat grid pattern imprinted on the caps.

I put them outside like this earlier if contams pop up in early indoor flushes since I can keep harvesting from the batch but it won't cross-contaminate later indoor batches or fill the room with mold spores.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:38 PM

cardboard boxes work decent for a while too until they break up and get over colonized but a cardboard box and a cage would be lovely and overall beneficial

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 06:15 PM

great idea shobi....and GREAT to have
youo back around these parts...;)....

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 09:33 AM

Nice, shobi! Glad you are back!
I don't have much trouble with big critters until the fruit starts growing and then the squirrels as well as the slugs give me hell. Can't really blame em though.

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:54 AM

One things for sure, slugs dig drugs :D

It blows my mind to see how much mushroom one slug can consume.
A friend owns a landscaping company, and he recommends using beer to keep them away, too.
The way he explained it, the slugs actually drink the beer! :drk:

#13 Hippie3



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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:29 AM

another way
screen bags

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:04 AM

Nice idea. Keep us posted.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:10 AM

Drug slug :lol:

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