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frugally growing outside
    #2913502 - 07/21/04 08:59 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

I recently incubated 12 brf/verm pf tek jars. After about a week of colonization, I noticed almost all of the jars had some sort of mold. I cut off all of the mold, and spread chunks of white colonized brf/verm in a shady patch of dirt outside. I had the equivalent of about 3 or 4 full half-pint jars of colonized substrate. Then, I put some grass clippings (the closest thing to hay I could get) over the chunks of colonized substrate. It's a pretty thin layer of grass. Then I watered the grass/substrate. I did this all about a week and a half ago. Since then, I have watered the patch about 3 times a week (unfortunately, that's as much as I get to see my patch). But, it's also rained on some of the days I haven't watered (I live in MA).

I checked today, and there's still no mycelial growth. I don't have access to manure or hay. I also can't water any more than 3 times a week (but, as I said, it rains about two times a week in addition). Right now there's a thin layer of grass over the chunks. Should I add more grass? Should I crumble up the chunks into pieces the size of peas? Should I put anything under the colonized substrate (it's sitting on dirt right now)? What else can I do, with stuff that almost anyone would have around his house, to ensure mushrooms will grow?


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: trypt]
    #2913625 - 07/21/04 09:33 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

City water has chlorine in it and a few other chems that can kill the mycellium....


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: trypt]
    #2913660 - 07/21/04 09:44 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

look up moes out door tek and get some straw if you look hard enough youll ifnd it trust me.


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: OldSpice]
    #2913673 - 07/21/04 09:49 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

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Alounacara said:
City water has chlorine in it and a few other chems that can kill the mycellium....




Hmmmm, i ws told city water wouldnt hurt for watering an outside patch, but to use distilled water for your jars..


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: Miscusi]
    #2913733 - 07/21/04 10:08 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

Correct. City water is fine to use, the concentrations of chemicals are too low to affect mycelium growth.


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: ATWAR]
    #2913807 - 07/21/04 10:29 PM (13 years, 3 days ago)

So, I will use "city" water (I actually live in a relatively small town). According to reports from 2001, the water supply contains 0.14-1.04 ppm of chlorine. Not bad.

Yes, I read Moe's Outdoor Tek. It doesn't quite match my frugality standards, though. Unfortunately, I don't currently have access to any stores that would sell hay or manure.

Does anyone have any answers on these questions or any more tips:
Should I add more grass on top of the chunks? Should I crumble up the chunks into pieces the size of peas? Should I put anything under the colonized substrate (it's sitting on dirt right now)? What else can I do, with stuff that almost anyone would have around his house, to help ensure mushrooms will grow?


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Re: frugally growing outside [Re: trypt]
    #2914264 - 07/22/04 01:03 AM (13 years, 3 days ago)

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(I actually live in a relatively small town).
Unfortunately, I don't currently have access to any stores that would sell hay or manure.






you shouldnt have much trouble finding a farmer with a few horses or cows... they usualy give it away if you bring a shovel...


Should I add more grass on top of the chunks?

grass? use leaves and stuff, it should be in a shady area and grass would look out of place... leaves also help retain moisture and humidity

Should I crumble up the chunks into pieces the size of peas?

yes... small os good, it's more inocculation points to start the colonization from, smaller=faster in the majority of cases.

Should I put anything under the colonized substrate (it's sitting on dirt right now)?

it will pull additional moisture from the soil, its fine as is.


What else can I do, with stuff that almost anyone would have around his house, to help ensure mushrooms will grow?

I dont know... hwat do you have... a laptop could help if you send it to me.


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