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Outdoor Casing Layer?
    #4140312 - 05/06/05 01:44 AM (12 years, 25 days ago)

I just started a couple outdoor beds with cow poop and colonized WBS spawn. I cased them with about 1 inch of potting soil, and im going to put a thin layer of wet straw over them tomorrow to keep humidity up. Does this sound ok for an outdoor casing layer? My substrate depth is about 6-8 inches.


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: jtk]
    #4140484 - 05/06/05 02:49 AM (12 years, 25 days ago)

For the casing layer, throw a thin layer of soil on top of the substrate. On top of this throw a small amount of leaves as a moisture buffer.


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: korins]
    #4141075 - 05/06/05 08:34 AM (12 years, 25 days ago)

that's what i have right now, but diver said leaves wouldn't hold humidity very well, that's why i asked about the straw. Have you had success with the leaves?


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: jtk]
    #4141305 - 05/06/05 10:23 AM (12 years, 25 days ago)

How's about mixing up some vermiculite into some soil.. vermiculite holds tons of water!!

I've never done an outdoor bed.. i dunno if this will work.

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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: Sammy]
    #4141387 - 05/06/05 10:51 AM (12 years, 25 days ago)

jtk,
It all depends on your climate....do you live somewhere really arid that gets little water? When I grew cubes outdoors here in South where its hot and humid as shit I just put a thin layer of soil over horse shit. I suggest you put a layer of soil and throw a bunch of grass seed of some sort ontop. The grass creates a microclimate that cubes love and also some shade from the blazing sun.


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: 123dhs]
    #4142415 - 05/06/05 03:19 PM (12 years, 25 days ago)

I went back today and mixed in some grass seed w/ the potting soil.  Then i added a very thin layer of potting soil on that.  Then sprinkled some more grass seed, and covered with a thin .5-1 inch layer of very wet straw.  Hopefully that will keep the humidity up.

I hoping to see some fruits in about 2 weeks. :smile:

The mushrooms will still be able to grow through a .5-1 inch layer of potting soil and a .5-1inch layer of straw won't they?


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: jtk]
    #4142465 - 05/06/05 03:30 PM (12 years, 25 days ago)

I think it will take a lil longer than 2 weeks prolly if the substrate still has to colonize and such. I also have an outdoor bed going and it has taken about 3-4 weeks and it is just now all colonized, although we did have about a week of below norm temps in the 60's so that could have slowed it down. I am hoping to see fruits mid to late may. I basically did the same thing as you but i also mixed straw in with the poo and then put a layer of straw on top also for holding in moisture. Good luck.


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: pinkfloydms]
    #4142603 - 05/06/05 04:02 PM (12 years, 25 days ago)

so you expecting fruits after about 4-6 weeks?

I live in Southern IL, and the temps here are 70-80 plus during the day now, and about 50-65 at night.


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Re: Outdoor Casing Layer? [Re: jtk]
    #4142609 - 05/06/05 04:04 PM (12 years, 25 days ago)

JTK... I just moved from Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay northern IL. Not a bad place if you ask me. If you ever get a chance.. come out to the West Coast to visit some of us!

To keep it on topic.. Good luck w/ the outdoor bed!

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