No more tubs tek?
Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:25 AM
Im tired of growing in plastic tubs, too much work with cleaning and all :puke:
Im thinking of using this tek http://www.mycotopia...es/5/11766.html
No more cleaning boxes i hope ...
got a couple of q's though.
Can pure straw be used in this tek or will it contaminate to easy?
Straw is the only sub I have alot of, but maybe case it with storebought compost?
How much do I have to clean the plastic bags?
THx n' peace out ~~Fungusaur
Posted 15 July 2006 - 05:45 AM
I think i would prefer clear or white plastic for the top cover ..
The perferation in the cover is important and a great way to do that is to fold the plastic 3 or 4 times ,place on a wooden board and stab with a steak knife really fast - U can make like 500 tiny holes in a miniute...
Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:52 AM
Posted 15 July 2006 - 12:19 PM
You might also consider adding a thin strip of tacky stuff or double-sided tape to the inner edges of the container to hold the bag down a bit better.
Let us know the progress.
Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:42 PM
Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:40 PM
Ive been working on this same kind of project!! (without the H2o2)
Its so cheaply efficent
10 rubbermaids for $5-10 bucks a piece
compared to 10 cardboard boxes you can get for free
and the price of a cheap box of garbage bags,
AND easy clean up.. wow
Hope you have better success that i did on your first attempt
I really suggest getting egg crate material and weighing it down on top of the sub.. my boxes colonize
enough to case in 4 days
I'm a little short up on cow poo, so im gonna start making boxes
out of just straw.. and i dont think there will be problems
From what i hear with straw, usually an overabundents of
water is the lead cause of contams.. so its all about your pasteurization
and draining technique..
Make sure the compost says organic
Im surpised you arent taking the grow log creators
advice and going with a coir based casing..:cry:
Personally, i dont want to mess with casings, for this project, anymore..
just to make it that much simpler, and ive been told people let straw cakes pin just like that
Does anyone have light to shed on the yield size of
bulk straw cased vs bulk straw uncased?
Does anybody know the the difficulties, or simplicities
of the none cased straw
Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:59 PM
Posted 13 August 2006 - 12:27 PM
i get a nasty black slime fairly frequently
Posted 13 August 2006 - 12:35 PM
in a sewer system..
nice find fungusaurus. that tek looks
Posted 13 August 2006 - 12:50 PM
you ever get bacterial lesions where the plastic touches fruitbody ?
i get a nasty black slime fairly frequently
I do. And the plastic tends to make the caps grow out gnarly too if they're touching the plastic for long periods of time. Just a slight sign of bacteria from the plastic touching the caps. Here's an example. I never took the plastic off until harvest. There's blotch on all of the caps and see how they're a bit gnarly as well? hehe
Posted 13 August 2006 - 03:44 PM
But...look what I just got to play with:
Yummy a big pile of 2years old composted horse dung :p
Just made another cardboard box with about 10 quarts compost and about 3 quarts popcorn spawn, cant wait to see how it will do.
Posted 18 August 2006 - 03:50 PM
cuz I was to lazy and didnt do it properly. Didnt drain well enough, didnt have a layer of pure dung on top of the sub/spawn mix, had to much sub/spawn mix in the box = too close to the plastic sheet etc...to green hell it went.
What a waste of popcorn spawn.... :mistrust:
But heres a couple of my test cardboard boxes with straw and popcorn - they seem work out fine.
just gave the two firstones a casing of verm - not too much of a pinset. Too lazy again, henceforth you may call me fungusaurus the lazy :drk:
When do I ever learn to do that little extra effort to make things better?
Last one here, the straw dried out on top, think I'll get myself together and give it a nice and juicy 60/40 verm/coir/lime casing, or what do you think?
Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:18 PM
Posted 18 August 2006 - 10:54 PM
else you could flood the straw with a hose
like Visions laundry basket tek
Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:34 AM
if you just wanna do pure straw, visions laundry basket tek is probibly the way i'd go, as it has much more surface area then just the top portion of a box
Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:45 AM
ahh the fractal of mush growing...as soon as one problem is dealt with, numerous new probs to deal with comes to light. :headbang:
I have some thoughts on how to rehydrate that box of straw.
1. Inject water into it with a syringe and let it fruit from the box.
2. Flood/dunk it in the box/plasticbag and then flip it out of the box onto some sort of screen/net, let it drain off and fruit it in a large tub.
3. Spray with bleach solution and give it a verm/coir/lime casing that can be watered.
Any healthy advice on this?
Posted 19 August 2006 - 06:26 AM
Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:31 PM