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Casing: Bottom layer of moist vermiculite?
    #6516605 - 01/31/07 04:07 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Why should one add a bottom layer of vermiculite below your colonizing mycelium? This guide makes a point of it: http://www.shroomery.org/54/50-50-Casing-Tek


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Re: Casing: Bottom layer of moist vermiculite? [Re: iSlak]
    #6516649 - 01/31/07 04:21 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

not far from that guide you'll find this: http://www.shroomery.org/5229/Should-I-use-a-bottom-casing-layer

that sums it up nicely :thumbup:

i think you'll find that most experienced cultivators DO NOT use a bottom layer... should tell you something...


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Re: Casing: Bottom layer of moist vermiculite? [Re: creamcorn]
    #6516798 - 01/31/07 05:07 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Thanks for the information. Seeing as how the bottom casing layer seems quite incorrect, is there anything else in the guide I linked to be in error? Is the guide legitmate?


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Re: Casing: Bottom layer of moist vermiculite? [Re: iSlak]
    #6516885 - 01/31/07 05:35 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

The guide is legimiate, and will work out fine as written.

The bottom casing layer thing is just one of those things that over the years many have strayed from and realized it wasn't necessary or even all that beneficial... and a lot of the classic teks like the one you linked to were never updated with that info.  Lots of people still use bottom layers because the follow the teks word for word and don't check on the boards, and they do fine, so no worries.  As the link I posted says, its debated... so you don't have to take mine nor any tek's word for it and try it both ways as you get the chance and see what you prefer. (Personally, my vote is bottom layer = waste of time to prep, materials that go into it, and most of all wasted space in your tray where you could be putting more substrate, which is definitely useful!)  :thumbup:


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Re: Casing: Bottom layer of moist vermiculite? [Re: creamcorn]
    #6518247 - 01/31/07 11:53 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I have never used a bottom casing layer


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