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joerogo

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I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 12:45 PM (permalink)
Mushrooms!
 
I have a shaded area of my yard, so I am going to try starting a perennial mushroom bed.  I ordered King Stropharia(Stropharia rugoso-annulata) spawn.  The mushrooms look great and are supposedly easy to grow.

 
I have the bed all set up, sawdust on standby, just waiting for the spawn.
 
If this works out, my next project will be Morels.  If anyone has tried this before, I need all the help I can get.
 
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    kland01s

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    Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 1:02 PM (permalink)
    Very cool!!!
     
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      mar52

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      Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 1:47 PM (permalink)
      You're braver than I.
       
      Good luck!
       
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        ScreamingChicken

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        Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 1:55 PM (permalink)
        That Joe, he's a fun guy...
         
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          pnwchef

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          Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 2:54 PM (permalink)
          Mycelium growth kit for the area, Just a bit of Mycology back ATCHA... The best is to have the area in a shaded humid as possible area. Wet wood chips will pick up the mycelium growth and start the process.........hope it works for you Joe, good luck...........pnwc
           
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            Davydd

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            Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 5:13 PM (permalink)
            Morels? I never heard of them being commercially grown. I thought morels were wild only. I find them in my woods. Two years ago I collected quite a few in just one small area. Morels in the spring and giant puffballs in the fall.

             
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              joerogo

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              Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 6:21 PM (permalink)
              Davydd, I don't know if it will in my climate, but I have never had a morel and willing to try anything.
               

               

               

               
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                Davydd

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                Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Mon, 03/12/12 9:07 PM (permalink)
                That's interesting. So, what was that stuff in the bottle from the lab? The sawdust is what feeds it but I thought it was more decayed wood. Would December to April time line meet that criteria? The ash because morels thrive after forest fires so it is assumed it is the ash. He was vague on the tree as well. My morels were growing near a grove of Cottonwoods that had been cut down.
                 
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                  joerogo

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                  Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Tue, 03/13/12 8:57 AM (permalink)
                  Davydd, Definitely more questions than answers.  For 25 bucks, I'll give it a try.  Probably in the Fall.
                   
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                    joerogo

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                    Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Thu, 03/15/12 7:59 PM (permalink)
                    The mycelium arrive today, and my bed is made.  I'm just being cilly.
                     
                    Here she be.  Hope it works.

                     
                    Northern exposure, lots of shade.
                     

                     
                    Whaddaya think, one more shot....
                     

                     
                    I got more if anyone wants to see them
                     
                    Now, just sit back and wait.
                     
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                      ann peeples

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                      Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Thu, 03/15/12 10:35 PM (permalink)
                      How fun, Joe, and what an adventure. I look forward to following your success!
                       
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                        Foodbme

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                        Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 03/16/12 4:22 AM (permalink)
                        Are you going to be growing any "Magic Mushrooms"?
                        http://www.magic-mushrooms.net/
                         
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                          lleechef

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                          Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 03/16/12 10:28 AM (permalink)
                          Good luck and if you are able to grow morels, can I put my order in now, ahead of everyone else???
                           
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                            chewingthefat

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                            Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 03/16/12 5:27 PM (permalink)
                            Joe, back in the 70's, I had a client in Orange County, even back then the guy made millions growing mushrooms. He would tell me with the right conditions, impossible not to do very well!
                             
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                              Foodbme

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                              Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 03/16/12 6:00 PM (permalink)
                              Joe,
                              Don't know if you know this or not, but the PSU College of Agriculture offers all kinds of help for mushroom growing:
                              http://mushroominfo.com/growing-mushrooms/six-steps-to-mushroom-farming/
                               
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                                Foodbme

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                                Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 03/16/12 6:05 PM (permalink)
                                From the "I didn't know that" Department, PA is the largest Mushroom Growing State in the Country!
                                "The state this year accounted for 63 percent of the 793 million pounds of white and brown Agaricus mushrooms grown annually in the United States, according to federal statistics released Friday, contributing more than $453 million to the economy
                                Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/08241/907485-34.stm#ixzz1pJtRoEk8
                                A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE!
                                And don't miss the Mushroom Festival this year!
                                http://mushroomfestival.org./
                                 Will you be entering the Amateur Mushroom Soup Cook-off Joe???

                                See what you've done Joe? You've sprouted (Pun Intended) our interest in the lowly schroom!
                                <message edited by Foodbme on Fri, 03/16/12 6:18 PM>
                                 
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                                  Davydd

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                                  Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Sat, 03/17/12 10:40 AM (permalink)
                                  Joe, You gave me an idea. I may take some ash out of my backyard fire pit and sprinkle it over the ground area where I found morel mushrooms in the past.
                                   
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                                    Foodbme

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                                    Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Thu, 04/26/12 1:18 AM (permalink)
                                    Reading a post by Sundancer7 about his growing peppers prompted me to think about you & your Mega- Mushroom Farm!
                                    Don't ask---That's the way my mind works!
                                    What's going on with that??? 
                                     
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                                      joerogo

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                                      Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Thu, 04/26/12 1:27 PM (permalink)
                                      Foodbme

                                      Reading a post by Sundancer7 about his growing peppers prompted me to think about you & your Mega- Mushroom Farm!
                                      Don't ask---That's the way my mind works!
                                      What's going on with that??? 

                                       
                                      Now it's watch and wait.  The directions said mushrooms in 10 months.
                                       
                                      I lifted the cardboard and checked, there is plenty of sweet smelling mycelium growing.  I just have to hope that it's the edible kind.
                                       
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                                        sk bob

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                                        Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Thu, 04/26/12 8:38 PM (permalink)
                                        mushrooms will grow through the winters up there?
                                        hope they're MAGIC
                                         
                                        when are you coming down this way again?
                                         
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                                          lleechef

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                                          Re:I'm Growing My Own.... Fri, 04/27/12 2:06 PM (permalink)
                                          I love all kinds of mushrooms.......white, crimini, portobello, oyster, morels, etc. but alas, I will probably eat very few of them since Mr. Hoffman is deathly allergic to mushrooms!  Good luck on that mushroom growing, I hope you have a bumper crop.
                                           
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