A person after my own heart. You're running a few more bales that I am this year!!!
Leave those bales dry until you're ready to introduce your conditioning formula.
And yes, it is super-badass when you go grocery shopping for a meal in the back yard. For this reason, I'm hoping to explore extending the season into winter. I know I can do this with fungi already.
My problem has always been paying attention to staggering or offsetting the cropping cycle. I get all happy and plant a garden - once. And forget to add stuff every couple of weeks. Then, it all comes off at once basically.
This year, I'm starting early enough. Tomatoes and friends are indoors - planted yesterday. Mushroom culture is built up in quart jars ready for expansion to bulk spawn bags. Spawn bags will be distributed to the straw bales once colonized. Then all of the bales will be "cased" with compost which has been building since last Fall. Small seedlings will be transplanted at that time and seeds planted into the compost. The whole ecosystem will be watered by a dripper system on a landscape timer.
Some ideas I have:
For control of sowbugs, I'm planning on buying diatomaceous earth in bulk - like 50 lbs. I need enough to thoroughly cover the area under all of the bales as the little nooks and crannies offered are favored by the bugs.
I may also try the addition of some live predators - nematodes, ladybugs and such. I deliberately foster black widow spiders - they are protected here and thrive as a result. There's one in every corner and hollow so be careful and wear gloves when working in the garden. Look before you grab. ;)
I also keep thinking of a pond-fogger to help keep the fungi in the bales happy. My setup allows me to cover most of my cropping area with a tent-like structure. This would hold in humidity pretty well - at least enough for simulating natural fog-like conditions.
My main problem is the blinking sow bugs - aka "rolly polly" bugs. They use gill structures to breathe and love the humid (perfect) micro-climate necessary for fungal production. I've tried a number of methods for control - except pesticide. These little bastards can totally wreck an entire mushroom crop by devouring the primordia and then going to work on the body of the colony itself. I've seen them go to work on a fully-fruited patch of psilocybes once. The insatiable little monsters do the same to food mushrooms as well. - Strangely, the coprinopsis are usually safe - I guess sowbugs don't like antabuse. Don't get me started on what they do to the strawberries.
I'm just fired-up to see someone else with such enthusiasm.