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I don't have a whole lot of land to grow outdoors in, but I do have a shady, private rooftop, and thought perhaps I could put azures or cyans out there next spring.
Anyone have any experienc with this, or ideas on what to put in the containers besides the colonized spawn? Should it be layered bewteen soil? Covered in leaf debris? Should I plant grass seed or any other cover crop?
I have had success growing azures in a covered styrofoam box. I used grain spawn to colonize wood. The wood was old, dry sticks and branches of pear and Douglas fir. I soaked the wood for two weeks in water and put it dripping wet into a plastic trash bag for another two weeks to let it air. The styrofoam box was lined with a generous amount of cardboard and covered with about three inches of soaked wood mixed with grain spawn. It might be a good idea to gently pasteurize the wood first but this is not necessary. As the wood began to colonize, I filled in the empty spaces with bark chip compost from a nursery and I kept the bed covered with a layer of wet cardboard. When the bed was completely colonized I moved the box outside and removed the cardboard cover layer but kept the styrofoam cover in place removing it only at night to expose the bed to the cool night air. Despite daily mistings, the surface was becoming dry so I covered it with a layer of dry leaves. The leaves became moldy so I removed them. The first flush came about three weeks after I moved the box outside even though the temps never got below 65. I was waiting for a second flush when some dogs tore everything to shreds.
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