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Cultivation / Re: For my next trick...
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:50:49 AM »
If there are any stables in your area, they are usually more than happy to get rid of as much horse shit as you can take with you.   chech to see if there are any riding stables around you, at state parks or anything like that.

I'm sure there are... However, I'm likely not going to trudge through two feet of snow and freezing temps searching for poop. It's totally worth 20 bux to me to order some online and stay warm and dry at home.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:35:20 PM »
All of the cakes except one have been harvested of the first flush... pulled off on average about 20 wet grams each. Not spectacular, but I was pleased to so ANY result.  -_-

I've got the picks drying in front of a fan right now, probably chow them down this weekend. Thanks all for the help!  ^_^

Cultivation / Re: For my next trick...
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:32:08 PM »
I'm going to have to a bit more research before I figure out what I'm going to do, but the monotub tek looks definitely easy enough. Going to have to figure out what to use as the bulk substrate; I think anything (at least poo, straw or coir) is going to be hard to find locally here this time of year, so I may order some of the bulk substrates available online. Any suggestions?

Also, I *think* you can spawn with crumbled BRF cakes, if I'm not mistaken.

But like I said, lots more research ahead for this guy. I'll make sure to check out that coffee tek too.

Cultivation / Re: For my next trick...
« on: December 19, 2008, 11:36:27 AM »
Just to understand you correctly, you're saying that potency is really only affected by growing conditions (temp, RH and FAE)?

Also, would you be able to point me in the direction on some info on monotub teks? I spend at least an hour or two a day scouring for information, but sometimes it's hard to find solid tek walk-throughs.


Cultivation / For my next trick...
« on: December 19, 2008, 10:43:04 AM »
I knocked up 8 BRF jars with A-Strain. I was wondering what would be suggested to increase potency and yield of this next grow? I understand I could cases the cakes, and that should increase the yield.

I'm just wondering if there's any other teks that would be recommended.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 18, 2008, 11:06:45 PM »
 ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

are the little ones on the right side aborts? Will they grow large or should I pick them before I dunk again? (I picked the large cluster shortly after taking this pic).

Cultivation / Re: low temp in FC?
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:10:22 AM »
What I use is a space heater with an automatic shut-off. It seems to keep the closet in just about the right range, although it is running most of the time since the closet is not very well insulated and it's below zero outside here.

Might be worthwhile for you to look into something like that yourself; when sticking space heaters in closets in cramped conditions, it's probably best to have one with some safety features anyway.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 17, 2008, 09:49:41 PM »
How bout the darkening on the two large caps in front here? Is that normal or ok?

I'm probably going to pick these tomorrow provided the veils break on the biggums.  -_-

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 16, 2008, 10:37:08 PM »
Here's where they were this afternoon:

you can see the slight discoloration on the upper edge that I was worried about being contamination. I think it's just slightly bruised mycellium.

They've almost doubled in size since this pic was taken... wow! How big should I expect these to get before harvesting? Keeping in mind they're EQ's of course.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:02:52 AM »
yeah, i think they're fine. they looked a little green at a certain angle - just trying to play it safe.  :mellow: i'll post more as things fill out.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:44:22 PM »
I looked at it a bit more closely, and maybe I'm mistaken, it may just be vermiculite casing under the myc. darkening it - I don't know. You can't really see much in the pics, but maybe a slight green tinge? Maybe I'm just overly paranoid?


PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 15, 2008, 04:32:59 PM »
I think I may have a problem! I noticed a slight greenish tint at the top edge of the middle cake....  :angry:

what do you recommend I do??? I hope to be able to save some shroomies from it... damn, of course on the one thats doing the best.  :huh:

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 15, 2008, 02:23:54 PM »
The cakes are coming along nicely...

 :ph34r: I've decided I really love this hobby! It's very rewarding to see results after weeks of planning, prepping, working and waiting.

The one in the middle is a bit ahead of the others. All other cakes have good groupings of pins developing. The only exception is the one in the lower left, which only has a few pins popping out.

I treated all cakes the same, and have rotated them while in the FC, any reason as to why a cake would be ahead or behind the others? It seems with all conditions being the same they should all be at the same level, more or less.

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 13, 2008, 02:35:42 PM »
Thanks! You guys have been a huge help. I'm excited to see the fruits of my labor (They're EQ's btw), and starting to think about the next batch. I think I may do 12 BRF cakes next (since I have all the stuff for that tek already), and fruit them in a casing. Assuming all goes well with that, I think then I may be ready to attempt a grain grow.  -_-

I'll post more pictures as they progress!

PF - Tek / Re: Do these look right?
« on: December 13, 2008, 12:30:42 PM »
Pins appeared yesterday!  ^_^ One of the cakes is pinning quite a bit, the others seem to be lagging behind a bit.

On the cake that is pinning well, they seem to be developing largely towards the bottom edge of the cake. Here's a pic:

Is this normal? Also, should I remove the screw-top ring from the lids they are sitting on? Will it be in their way, or will they work their way around it?

PF - Tek / Do these look right?
« on: December 12, 2008, 10:45:52 AM »
I'm sure this is asked all the time, but please bear with me.

I decided to go with cakes for my first grow for times sake (trying to get this first batch done before christmas!). I birthed the cakes 12/6, dunked and rolled, and placed in the fruiting chamber.

After a couple days I noticed fuzz growth that appeared somewhat grayish. Worried about cobweb mold infection, I kept a close eye on the cakes, and it seems the fuzz growth has slowed if not stopped, and they look more white and not gray under good lighting.

I THINK the cakes are progressing as they should be, but I just wanted expert opinion. Here are a few pics.

PF - Tek / Re: when to birth?
« on: December 12, 2008, 09:24:20 AM »
I asked the same question a little over a week ago, check out the thread here:

Hope this helps.

PF - Tek / Re: No Pinns
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:21:00 AM »
You may not be giving them enough light- consider setting up a cool white florescent for up to 12 hours a day as recommended here:

Cultivation / Re: casing material alternatives
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:12:02 AM »
I forgot to mention that my jars were fully colonized and I wasn't sure if I could wait for an internet shipment. However, I may have tracked down a local source for sphagnum peat. Thanks though for the responses (even if they seem like dumb Q's sometimes!). You guys are infinitely helpful.  -_-

Cultivation / casing material alternatives
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:38:23 AM »
Having trouble locating peat or jiffy mix (most lawn and garden departments are pretty bare this time of year here).

The closest thing I have found to peat around here is "seed starter", which contains sphagnum peat, vermiculite, perlite, and lime. Sounds like what I need, but I am unsure if it's the right kind of lime, or if it will kill my fungi.

Should I pick up the seed starter, or use 100% verm. for the casing?

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