Mushroom Growing 2019 CHIT CHAT

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania' started by trahn008, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. sb

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    trahn - Thanks for sharing the insight, experience and thinking about Lions Mane.

    I tried dowels into logs just once with Lions Mane and it was a complete failure. My issue is follow through.

    I got some nice black Morel mycelium growing on a delaminated cardboard roll last spring but lost it because of lack of timely follow-through. At some point the mycelium started to form sclerotia in the cardboard roll and amazingly I had little contamination in this non-sterile grow technique.

    What was perfect about it and why I'm going to repeat this year is that the black Morels came from the creek behind my house and just 1/2 mile away. They show up each year without fail in that spot. So, I'm going to invite them into my back yard. Ha!

    So, I'm thinking there can't be a better sourcing to try getting a consistent naturalized grow in my back yard. I'm thinking of doing a trench along one fence. Maybe I can harvest the mycelium and refrigerate/freeze it till fall and do the trench just before the cold sets in.

    A prior year, I tried a Chinese technique to keep the mycellium active by cutting a plug out of an apple, dropping a piece of morel cap tissue from the inside of the cap into the hole and putting the plug back, then dipping the apple in wax to seal it and then refrigerating it. Supposed to be good for 3-5 months. Well I tried it with 3 apples and it appeared to have some success. The mycellium is supposed to slowly colonize the inside of the apply. Results were inconsistent for me and I didn't do anything with the mycelium except throw it into flower beds.
     
  2. trahn008

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    SB, Yes... if your looking for a home patch of morels the blacks are the ones, and picked from as close as home as possible!!! BINGO. I have done a ton of work with black morels ( I wish I hadn't lost all by pictures). Black morel myc will out run contams everytime fast runner low tek will work with this one. Do some tests this year try some tissue transfers to all kind of substrate's. Just watch your moisture levels on your substrates, with time you will get a feel for it. I have a method that works EVERYTIME and it's the same way I do all the mushrooms I grow. GRASS SEED DONE LIKE I DO THE BIRDSEED IN THE LM GROW. Cardboard will work as you have seen, but timing is very important when dealing with low nutrient sub. You can use anything really, but you always need to be thinking about morels...fast runner, big nutrient eater and nutrient storage! Happy Growing!
     

  3. trahn008

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    SB, another tip with blacks, I've used PC'ed grass seed (will not germ) myc transferred into just water soaked grass seed NON PC'ed (will germ). LIVING HOST!!! Happy Growing!
     
  4. beagleboy

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    trahn , did you just lose your pictures in the last month or so. Microsoft updated my software and wiped all my pictures off my computer. I had 2 files that I lost, lesson learned, everything will be loaded on a thumb drive from now on.
     
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  5. trahn008

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    Beagle, I lost them about 10 years ago when I had a computer crash.
     
  6. sb

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    beagleboy -- not that it'll help, but I don't use Microsoft defaults in handling my pictures. I load them manually into my own file folder set up.

    27,000 pics later, and I can find any one almost always in a minute or so because they are organized first by time and then by geographic location and/or by topic in some instances -- like the Mushroom Dinner Pics.

    It is probable that you just lost the link to the files and not that they were deleted or ovrridden (yet). They may be there but require some specialized work to get hold of them again.

    I just right now Googled this: "Microsoft lost my pictures after an update 2019" The topics coming back show that others have experienced the same and were able to reconnect to their pics.

    So, give it a try. Good luck. I also do a periodic backup. So, if I lost all computer stored pics I will still have my backup.

    Another thought: Windows 10 includes some free cloud storage called One Drive at 5GB storage free. That said, my picture folder is 70GB including my mushroom pics.
     
  7. trahn008

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    Next step for one of the LM blocks. Going to fruit this one out before I use this one for the spent shiitake log grow. Figured I’ll get some LM before I set up the logs for the outside grow. Happy Growing!! ECBE969A-E4A4-48C7-854D-B76662D9DA3A.jpeg 9CEF3B61-4ACD-4B0D-978C-B00E4C63114E.jpeg A7E2824B-8CB2-4501-BF10-D1C6CC814E66.jpeg
     
  8. beagleboy

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    sb, thank you very much! I googled what you did and went through the different methods that some of the other people had success with and after 3 different tries finally got my pictures back. THANK YOU AGAIN!
     
  9. sb

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    beagleboy -- Yea!!! That's so great to hear that you got your pics back!!
    Especially glad that you chose to persevere until you succeeded, once you saw that it could be done.
     
  10. trahn008

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    Did some work this week with the LM grow project. Did my spawn transfer to grow substrate open air didn’t feel like setting up my flow hood, so we’ll see how it goes. Grow substrate is 90 pellet fuel 10 birdseed. Happy Growing! 09811F82-3CA2-42FE-9AAF-3FE8C7127114.jpeg
     
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    The LM bags are coming along showing good MYC growth with no contamination. The spawn bag that I fruited has two nice LM starting. I’ll have to get some pictures of that growth, think I missed the pinkish color when they first start. I just might be eating LM and morels together when I fruit these other bags out. Happy Growing! 7F6D0A83-5067-49F6-B199-D537E9257AE4.jpeg
     
  12. steelernation

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    Oh, that's not right... :p

    Well done, my friend!
     
  13. beagleboy

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    trahn, I have never tasted them yet. I found one last year but it was too far gone. I have read they taste like crab meat. I don't have any luck growing mushrooms ( I tried a shitake log) but with your step by step I just might try again.
     
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    Beagle I don't find many of them and I'm always looking. LM are in my top three... trumpets, LM then morels. LM are not a hard one to grow, but the other two are difficult. LM taste for me when hot and slight over cooked have a pork flavor, if light cooked and cool taste like crab or lobster. Happy Growing!
     
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    Part two of the LM grow. Spawned some old shiitake logs that no longer produce. Shook the spawn down inside the logs. Hope to have some fruits this fall. Happy Growing! 8FD69476-1B06-419F-89AE-8C56A5F89378.jpeg 2FAAE994-D561-460D-A64A-AD54EC37E2AF.jpeg 15916CC4-960C-4609-AD89-49E28C60A5A2.jpeg
     
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    Looks like turkey tail MYC has gotten to some of these logs. We’ll see if the TT and LM can live together on this log pile. Only time will tell. Happy Growing! E3B1ADF7-D306-4604-9B1C-693895F4A8E9.jpeg
     
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    A338442C-33F7-479D-9B0C-3F9BBB38BE6A.jpeg Couldn’t wait any longer had to cut some for dinner!
     
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    LM update two of the pellet fuel WBS bags being fruited in the hobo fruiting chamber. I just might be eating morels and LM together. I’ll take luck over skill anyday! Happy Growing! 9B3BC7D4-7E6A-414B-94F7-03C753A75FC8.jpeg 81A7ECA0-B516-4481-8CBB-730BFFCE06DF.jpeg D275F44F-CECD-4017-81D6-FE508C6BDA1C.jpeg
     
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