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    #1788917 - 08/07/03 04:39 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Hi all,

I am in the United Kingdom (South East England) and have a compost heap in my back garden and it's innoculated with Cambodian mycelium which was growing very aggressivly untill around 3 days ago.

Today it was 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) in the sun and 36 Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) in the shade. The compost heap is in the shade but the mycelium seems to have shriveled somewhat, the heap is still moist (I water it everyday, sometimes twice a day).

Is it the weather or has it diverted growth to within the heap where it's cooler? (I must point out that it's a non-active already composted heap).

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Re: OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Xenophobic]
    #1788930 - 08/07/03 04:42 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Hey man, I'm up in Scotland and your right, it has been fucking boiling this week... I would say the weather is messing with your heap man, but it should recover... my outdoor patches are loving it! :grin:


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Re: OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: OJK]
    #1789217 - 08/07/03 06:11 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

If you can, you should shade your patch. Use a double layer of black plastic:

SUN

----layer one---
inch of airspace
---layer two---
few inches of airspace
---surface of patch---

Those high in-the-sun temps are at a level where they will kill myc.


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Re: OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Xenophobic]
    #1790120 - 08/07/03 10:35 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks sev  :smirk: 


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Re: OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Xenophobic]
    #1790394 - 08/07/03 11:47 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Black plastic would get hot as fuck. I would think something lighter would be better. Reflective mylar blanket being probably the best.


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Re: OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1790591 - 08/08/03 12:49 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Nope.  See, the sun hits the first layer of black plastic, and radiates heat into the interstice.  Most of the heat here gets swept out by air currents and convection.  Any extra heat that gets radiated below the second layer of plastic is swept away by the air moving through there, too.  This is a basic desert-survival technique -- though in that case, you're usually using green plastic shelter halves or something.  :smile:

Lighter plastic would allow more radiant energy from the sun through to heat the ground.  You're right, mylar for the upper layer -would- be best, but black plastic's easier to find.  :smile:


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