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Millet colonized both strains soonest, took longer for rhizomorphic growht
Rye shows strongest rhizomorphic growth
Shitake mushroom slow to begin colonizing, rapdily overtook other substrates in colonization time, less rhizomorphic growth - upon casing, decidely wetter, indicating better mositure retention than other substrates
Notes: Amaranth very dense and mycelium penetrating slowly, although good growth
All Quinoas nearly colonized
Soy Flour dried and hardened - dead substrate Bat guano (strong ammonia smell at onset) - dead substrate TVP - turned mushy in sterilization, minimal growth
3 jars partly colonized, but slow 2 jars uncolonized (suspect bacterial contamination, but no smell or color). Rate of colonization of quart jars much slower than pint jars: suspect using more pint jars more expeditious (based on previosu trials with conventional substrates) than volume afforded by quart jars
5 pint jars cased with 1 inch casing in plastic containers using peat/dolomitic lime/perlite casing and adjusted for pH and mositure content by the addition of saturated limewater (minus precipitate).
in what way are dried and crumbled shiitake fruitbodies inorganic?
or am i missreading your post?
the presence of an amonia odor in the bat poo indicates improper (or no) composting. this may be easily remedied and i would be interested in hearing results as i've not heard of it being tried here at the shroomery.
all in all, good post.
Attn PWN hunters: If you should come across a bluing Psilocybe matching P. pellicolusa please smell it.
If you detect a scent reminiscent of Anethole (anise) please preserve a specimen or two for study and please PM me.
All the grains/flours were produced/grown organically (without pesticides, etc.) - I have no idea if the dried shitakes were produced in such a manner as they are not labelled as such. The rationale for trying these was that mushroom compost is not a particularly good substrate as it is exhausted. However, fruit bodies are not, and other mushrooms have relatively high levels of trytophan - Being a dry substrate, able to hold a moisture content equivalent to other mushrooms and substrate requirements, and just generally being curious, it was somewhat surprising to see such results.
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