Posted 27 May 2006 - 05:32 PM
Wait, foil? Like aluminum foil? If FOAF covers the casing with foil, isn't it going to screw with the pinning response by blocking light?
A bulk tray, not a nugget, is going to be cased later this evening. Maybe tomorrow. FOAF is looking for some input on considerations as how to best continue this coir vs. verm experiment.
His current consideration is to do two alternating casing material "stripes" on the bulk tray. Coir, then verm, then coir, then verm (the tray to be cased is about 14 inches long X 6 inches wide, so each stripe would be in the 2in wide range). The substrate/inoculant is the same as the nugget above, but this bag was shaped into a plastic tray after mixing the corn/bulk sub.
The thought is that if under two stripes, the same kind of results are demonstrated, it will be a further reinforcement of the evidence gathered above, without invalidating things via too much technique changes.
FOAF is wondering about other peoples opinions on the wax paper "lay over until pins form." It is an interesting idea that my FOAF hadn't even considered until Lazlo mentioned. It is also something he has read about before but never done before. The wax paper would seem to make humidity and CO2 retention more uniform across the casing layer. FOAF craves input when flying into previously unexplored territory like this. ANY thoughts are appreciated.
Two additional bulk nugget bags are currently being prepared. The current consideration with them is to take one and slice it in half with a knife (after fully colonized) and grow both sides out, in different containers, with one "half nug" cased in verm while the other is cased with coir. The second nugget bag will probably be done exactly like the one featured in this thread was, coir on half and verm on half, just to verify this experiment.
Neither of these nugs will be fruited invitro in the bags. No reason to prove that again as so many others have already done so. Those invitro fruits were just so damned ugly...
Initial hydration of the coir and verm is being watched even more closely this time around. A fistful squeezed tight that produces less than 4 or more than 6 drops of water will be adjusted accordingly.
Also, just for control's sake, the coir and verm casing materials from this point on are going to be PCed before use.