Outdoor Magic Mushroom Patches, Season 2013, Ready for the Madness?
Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:37 PM
prepping our outdoor patches.
Strains in this thread, ill update as they progress, will be.
-AA+ Summer Season
-H3 Summer Season
-Azure Fall Season
Well I have had some damn azure spawn curing up this entire winter time.
I got some on some wood chips and they have been on the chips for a few months now.
VERY NICELY colonized when I spawned them let me tell you :) I think i used about 12-14 pints
of Azure woodchip spawn.
The azure patch is the only patch I have prepped and already made.
4/17/2013 is when I made the patch, thats the date on the pictures. So been a week since I made
the patch. I have not checked it at all yet and I dont plan on peeking at the mycelium growth
until I notice that it hasnt rained in a bit so id need to water the patch. First watering of the patch
is when Ill check on how growth is rocking out. Im sure they are just great.
I pasteurized about 2-3 gallons worth of Maple/Ash wood chips. Got some water to a boil... plopped in
the pillow case, brought water temps back up to 190, turned off heat and let it sit in the water
for 2-3 hours. Let drain for 24hours, hanging outside. Collected some of the last drops from the bag
for LC nutrient.
rake your patch location of any De-bris(haha), leaves, sticks, rocks ect... SAVE THEM.
apply a piece of cardboard as the BASE, separates the SPAWN/clean woodchips from the soil microbes for
a few days, also helps hold moisture. I used a BALL QUART JAR box.
Add your "clean soaked" hardwood chips.
here some of the pints plopped out on the pile of wood chips. Gotta give a thumbs up for
an azure patch ;) Will finally be able to get some fruits from this damn 4 year old spore print
that I have had for so long and never did anything with lol... and the poor colonies have been
living in jars for teh past year just about lol... Poor critters.
Some mycelium porn for all the Myco Porn freaks out there ;) ;) :D
Mixed up a bit, I made sure to get some of the spawn ON THE CARDBOARD, aka on the bottom of the pile.
This should aid immensely in the spawn RUN.
COVER COMPLETELY WITH CLEAN WOOD CHIPS, YOU DONT WANNA SEE ANY SPAWN, ZERO!!!
I put about 2-3 inches of wood chips on top of the spawn mixture.
remember all the De-bris you raked away? take all that and pile it directly on top of your
newly made patch. when your finished you shouldnt be able to tell that anything is there at all.
Just a mound of leaves and sticks myself.
This entire patch is roughly 2' x 2' and 6-7 inches thick/deep.
Ill be making ANOTHER azure patch soon, im waiting on my saw dust spawn to colonize some more.
It really goes rhizomorphic when you give it wood chips. It doesnt like grain that much at all. I mean it will
grow on GRAIN but it MOST DEF desires WOOD.
(of course i know how to spell DEBRIS... its just more fun saying, "de-bris")
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:26 PM
Azures might just be my favorite mushroom to look at, the contrast of the colors make them so beautiful
Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:43 AM
I made a few other patches as well but didnt get a chance to snap a picture, i will today
when I go into the garden.
BUT about 3-5 days ago I went to the Azure patch and moved aside some of the
cover leaves and stick SLOWLY and gently. I worked my way DOWN into the
patch layer by layer.
I didnt even reach the wood chips yet and i started to notice little clustered
of rhizomorphic mycelium jumping onto some random sticks and pieces of wood that
were making up the COVER layer.
Im not going to snap a picture of the azure patch until temps around here
keep more steady and I know for SURE that they are in COLONIZATION mode
and no chance in "fruiting" mode.
I plan on expanding this patch a bit more since I dont have THAT MUCH azure spawn left in jars.
I believe i only have 1-2 qts of hardwood spawn of them.
I think ill pull about 1/3 of this patch out in order to mix it up nicely with some fresh wood chips.
The expanded patch will just be right next to the original patch, so ya ill be making the
patch LARGER then what you see in the pictures of my first post.
Probably increase the size by 2-3 times.
Ill post up some pictures soon. Mother Nature is taking the controls for now ;) ;)
Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:57 AM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:12 AM
Deffinetaly watching can't wait to see the azures I miss being able to go to the beach and pick em
mind describing the habitat and giving a vague geographic location?
Northwest US Coast? Northeast US Coast?
azure fasinate me and I always like to know where they CAN grow naturally.
I plan on making this patch of azures into a perma-patch. I want
to mulch it every year in hopes that it will repeatedly return.
Would be nice to even encourage it to spread its spores all over the place.
If they fruit nicely this year ill be hanging azure caps all throughout the
woods to cover my area with azure spores :)
hell if only a few spores survive at least I know they are doing some good :)
Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:26 AM
It's a small town so can't say much else I have allot of friends with picking spots out there.
I mostly picked cyans because it was a somewhat long drive to the beach. Easier to drive 20 minutes with a few big paper bags and pick all day lol. Find one patch and your golden
Edited by permafrying, 01 May 2013 - 08:39 AM.
Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:44 AM
They are all in ORDER of when they were taken, so you can see progression nicely and
you can see my steps when im making a patch or mixing in some mycelium into a mulch
layer like these garlics.
Some porn. First pic is of the azures, seem to be colonizing nicely. Rocking slow
but thats how they rock.. they slow rockers lol
Then other 2 are of some mycelium under a rock i have.... pretty intense.
If you ask me... i bet its breaking down that rock :) :) :)
This group of pics shows how i mix up my outdoor subs and prep the bed.
Super easy, super low-tech. Pics are all in order.
Notice that LID STACK chilling... meh got a lot of lids to do lol
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Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:48 AM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:53 AM
I LOVE the shot of them growing under(around) the rock man, really nice
Gotta have the rocks and logs.
You'll notice that throughout most of my pictures or my gardens you'll see
A LOT of logs... rocks... piles of ACTIVE compost...
Think of all those things as HEAT SINKS.
Logs and Rocks absorb heat throughout the day from the sun,
then release the heat throughout the night.
this is SUPER helpful at retaining a HIGH ACTIVE population of
microbes and mycelium in your soil.
and the active compost piles well... they just radiate heat because of what
they do... decompose...and i noc'up those piles with beneficial fungi and bacteria
that i want in my soils.
You'd think i would have oysters growing by now...but nope not yet, need
to get a nice strain first...i only have some prints, but i know they are dirty
and I dont have time to work with dirty prints right now.
These pics were all taken today.
all are in order again
Some harvest of the day.
After cleaning, interested to see how much this one weighs dry... should i clone it????
Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:50 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:47 PM
No i dont put the card board under the cubes, just the wood lovers, cubes usually
know their is a PLENTY of food so they seem to be more "lax"
I sense, when it comes to wood substrate lovers....them and their competitors
will be/are very vigilant when it comes to "claiming their territory".
I notice in my spawn jars, with both GRAIN and SAWDUST.
THe wood lovers like Shiitake, Beech and Reishi all seem to "SHOOT OUT" super fast
mycelium threads that were very very fine and hard to see to the human eye.
I plan on tending to the azure patch a little bit.
Im going to clean up some sawdust and woodchips together,
and mulch directly over the colonized/colonizing zone of the wood chips
that are currently there.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:52 AM
But, my friends weren't impressed with their potency.
Too bad woodies won't grow down here.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:38 AM
H3 did well for me last year in my garden.
But, my friends weren't impressed with their potency.
Too bad woodies won't grow down here.
you know at first my friends said the same thing.
But for me, over time I change my recipe for fruiting substrate toward the progressive.
Same Strain just now worked with for about 2 years now, spored and cloned and spored and cloned
at least 4-5 times, always clean. The potency seems to have defiantly improved, I wouldnt shit ya Cue lol
throughout time, the outdoors have always out done the indoor. But now the indoors are rather impressive,
but wouldnt you guess it... this years outdoors Knocks the Socks off the indoors lol so i guess that can only mean one thing.
the specific fruiting substrate i use paired with the length of time I have been running this strain, both
attribute to their seeming to be strengthening genetics. Outdoors they are no match for anyone lol (i cant wait till
i get oysters outside lol)
so with that being said.... I think more on the substrate i use... tis rather long list of components, 1/4 of which I create
via composting and aging compost and of course sourcing "garden soil" or more accurately wat would be LOAM or SILT.
very diverse recipe must result in a very DIVERSE microbe population once the spent subs is thrown outside and make
SO this makes me think a bit.... OK ready for this... this is one of those comments that I would
usually REFRAIN from saying on the open board, why? well because its VIP talk lol "talking adult" heheheheh
(watch someone get all offended by those 'words', lol)
Everyone knows i use jars... but most have no flipping idea WHY im using jars ;) ;) :)
well let me shed a little light onto it because im almost finished with my testing anyways, but
nothing is ever "FINISHED" now is it lol ;) :)
Id imagine that if i brewed up some of my "always "preached" composted teas....
using such a recipe that would result in a BACTERIA DOMINATE microbe-herd / micro-herd.
Brew till its ready, aka when the bacteria has eaten most of the its food source and population
is at its peak.
now take this brew and noc'up partially colonizing jars, say 50+% colonized, with about 1-2ccs,
more toward the lesser.
now... take that same brew around the same moment and pasteurize some of it.
run her 155-160 for 50-60mins, i believe you can go less but don't quote me on it... its just what
i have done and have had success with, involving pasteurization.
after pasteurized, let cool down to around room temp, and now use that "cleaned brew" to noc'up
some more jars that are partially colonized.
Im only bringing INSIDE what i do OUTSIDE.... this popped in my mind and I know it will work because
well... LOOK how i do my patches. Think about like that.
just imagine a PATCH IN A JAR... just cleaner so there is more control on the DOMINATE strain/colony...
get it ;)
I believe im taking it a few steps further then what the Chinese have done with "Bottle-Tek",
I believe "Jar-Tek" sounds better... but that just my opinion, as this ENTIRE THREAD is my opinion,
nothing more, nothing less.
Look at the patches... they are roughly 30% spawn... and 70% fruiting substrate.
THEN i mix in the hydration that is just straight pond water, full of all kinds of microbes and
THen after the patch is fully constructed and finished... i water it in with the same water again,
full of microbes and bacteria, bugs...ect...ect... no contams...
nothing is ever cleaned...washed... or cooked. all RAW ..
SOOO... LOTS of FAE= LOTS OF GOODNESS :)
Sometimes i notice mycelium die.. but thats because
1- its older...
2- i drowned it on accident.... lol
Just throwing ideas out there... please forgive me... :P
Edited by Il19z8rn4li1, 07 June 2013 - 08:45 AM.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:16 PM
ill just slap up the pics.
Random patches throughout everywhere. lol
THe garlic patches, doing rather well. COoOl water droplet shot :)
And todays harvest. Cleaned um in the field rather well this time.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:53 PM
Thanks for sharing.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:19 PM
Looks like a nice dense harvest
Very Dense Indeed :)
Here is todays pull :)
Regular and Wide Mouth lids plus thumbs up for size reference.
Large one weighed 116g weight. Not as much
as the one in my avatar that was 125g wet and not even fully matured like this one either.. lol
Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:40 PM
Nice fruits alpha-num.:teeth: