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Vermiculite Alternatives
    #2171415 - 12/11/03 08:19 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

My friend has all that he needs to grow some mushrooms with, except vermiculite. He can't seem to find any in his area, and is waaaay poor so he can't really afford to pay extra for the shipping on the net. The only time he found some vermiculite was in a town about 25 miles away but the smallest sized bag they had was almost as big as him...

He has read lots of stuff on growing mushrooms, but has a bad reading comprehension problem sometimes and can't remember shit.

Does anyone know of any EASY alternative methods to cultivate mushrooms that my friend could use without using vermiculite, and using something easier to find?


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Re: Vermiculite Alternatives [Re: adoseofparn0z]
    #2171447 - 12/11/03 08:31 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

"Does anyone know of any EASY alternative methods to cultivate mushrooms that my friend could use without using vermiculite, and using something easier to find?"

You can just boil some rice (using less water than in the recipe on the bag) and use that as the substrate, without vermiculite -- just fluff it up when putting it into the jars so it's airy. The right ratio of grain:water is in the FAQ -- it's like a 1:1.35 ratio grain:water. You should probably get tyvek or something to put under the lids to filter it, though, as not having the dry vermiculite barrier could be a contamination problem.

You can case with just peat + lime, or just coir.

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Re: Vermiculite Alternatives [Re: micro]
    #2174023 - 12/13/03 02:49 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Thanks...I know it's kind of pain in the ass when a n00b asks a question that can probably be found, but neither I or my friend can remember shit it seems.

Everyone else is welcome to respond :smile:


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Re: Vermiculite Alternatives [Re: adoseofparn0z]
    #2174125 - 12/13/03 04:18 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Write shit down you need to remember in summary form (then destroy when finished with)
What about natural fabric cotton ?
any body tried this?


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Re: Vermiculite Alternatives [Re: trev]
    #2174262 - 12/13/03 07:25 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

do you have a pc?
if so just do grains instead of the pf method.


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Re: Vermiculite Alternatives [Re: adoseofparn0z]
    #2175373 - 12/13/03 09:04 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

use popcorn.
then case with poo.


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