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    #1487432 - 04/23/03 10:28 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I did a B+ strain and cased it in straw. I bought the straw from a nearby farm came in a bail, (bail of hay). After asking a few questions I'm getting a lot of responses stating (wheat straw). Now I'm not sure if I bought the proper straw. The stuff I bought I think is basically the same shit the cows eat.

Did I buy the proper straw?


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Re: straw substrate [Re: nambi]
    #1487479 - 04/23/03 10:50 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Is it straw or hay? If it's straw, it will have hollow stems. Hay also tends to have a lot of seed pods. These can be a source of contams. It makes little difference if it's wheat or barley straw. I think any cereal straw will work.


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Re: straw substrate [Re: nambi]
    #1487486 - 04/23/03 10:53 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Ummm if its Golden colored then you have straw. If its really green like several different types of weeds then you have Hay. (Wheat Straw) has good water retention but really no nutrient value thats why farmers bed there animals with straw cause it absorbs moisture among other reasons and feeds them hay. (I know cause I have baled 10's of thousands of bales of each).

Guess you could case in that but would give minimal water retention but some food for the shrooms. As far as my Pet Rock friend thinks.


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Re: straw substrate [Re: SafeHaven]
    #1488481 - 04/24/03 07:25 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

It is Golden brownish in colour, is does contain some seeds but there aren't too many. I see about 3 or 4 shrroms popin up now, but I'm stillnot sure if it is wheat straw or, just dried grasses. water retention seems to be pretty good, nutrients I have no idea.


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Re: straw substrate [Re: nambi]
    #1488571 - 04/24/03 09:00 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

if it being used to feed cows it would be hay, i.e. brownish green thin stems and a few grass seed heads. Straw is a lot thicker, yellow stuff used for bedding.


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