(01/14/12 04:56 AM)
What kind of brands do you use for the calcium carbonate and the peat moss? And how would you pasteurize the peat / verm mixture?
(08/03/11 04:49 PM)
One thing that I am unsure of is the peat moss for this tech. Around here, I can only find sphagnum peat moss. Is this ok for use?
(01/15/11 03:52 PM)
It's important to know that there is natural variation in pH. For instance, Vermiculite tends to be neutral-slightly alkaline, but depending on your source, it could be acidic, or extremely alkaline: http://www.schundler.com/pH.htm
The same goes even more so for peat moss, which is a natural product and as such is subject to variation.
Do you need to test for pH each time you mix up a batch? I say no, but if you're having trouble you can't explain, this could be a place to start.
(09/14/10 11:51 PM)
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(05/24/10 08:46 AM)
a little confused during
"As a general rule you do not want to mist your casing during this colonization period, provided you have adequate humidity and fresh air. The ideal humidity for casings is 82% -92%. The reason you don't want to mist your casing soil during this period is because water condensation build up on the mycelium is not good. It will slow down the growth of the mycelium and possibly introduce contaminants easier."
if it mists up on the sides, do you wipe down? dry?
(04/11/10 10:30 AM)
This is a pretty good tech, I have a few trays and one got a partially contaminated so i cut it out and put a fresh casing in place of it. Hopefully this works!
(12/29/09 01:45 AM)
Fascinating, thank you!
(10/22/09 02:34 AM)
Great tek!!! I will definatly put this knowledge to use in the near future, however I have a question. I recently constructed a shotgun terrarium for BRF cakes. My plan is to get a system going that works, harvest some fruit and then move onto bigger and better things like casings. Now from what I understand a shotgun terrarium built correctly and with a layer of perlite at the bottom creates100% humidity, now when dealing with casings as you also stated above you want your humidity to be somewhere between 82% and 92%. So my question to you is what can I do to modify my shotgun terrarium so that it is between 82% and 92% humidity? or if you know a better type of chamber or technique for casings that supports the proper humidity, what would that be?
(04/29/09 08:51 PM)
peat moss and vermiculite makes a perfect casing! PH buffed of course
(02/09/08 08:47 PM)
This tek is quite good. I recomended it. However...
When I prepared casing material with the above recipe, I squeezed out 5 1/2 cups of water to achieve field capacity. I have adjusted my notes and shell use maybe 10 cups of water next time.
Your mileage may vary. Keep good notes and you'll come to what works best for you.
Edited 2/9/2008 10:49 PM
(10/29/07 11:46 PM)
I plan on using this method for my first attempt!
(10/29/07 10:37 AM)
I also had excellent success using this method. Wonderful Tek and much appreciated.
(10/17/07 01:35 PM)
I have had great success using
Perlite underneath the first layer of colonized substrate. I put about an inch of perlite soaked with Hydrogen Peroxide in the bottom of my casing. The top layer is all vermiculite (about 3/4 of an inch) and I've had great success!
Thanks for the comments