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Cultivation / B+ tub on the way (pics in a week.5 from now)
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:04:53 AM »
I guess it's that time of the year...
I GTG'd 12 jars with B+ strain, and spawned 5 each to coir in 2 60qt tubs. The other two I will use to GTG 12 more jars, and carry on the lineage. The tubs were both spawned today round 8pm, in 10 days I will take them out of their black plastic prisons and put them on display for you all. Hope this goes as well as my last go round. These containers have a slight bit less surface area than my last containers making for less fruit, but it is however a deeper substrate hopefully making for a size compensation that would be comparable. I usually expect almost a pound dry over a 4 flush period. We shall see.
AZUR  :wacko:

Cultivation / Straw basket troubles, diagnosis?
« on: January 08, 2011, 07:09:02 PM »
Alright, I have been trying to get some light shed on this particular problem for a little while now and no one seems to have an answer. Straw basket is forming primordial blob like growths, but no pins, they just keep expanding. Temp is at 75-77 consistently, humidity is at 95% consistently, FAE is very regular 2-3X an hour and still refuse to pin. I have seen this type of growth on straw before, and most claim it is bad genetics and this will most likely refuse to pin or create fruit bodies, but at the moment I refuse to readily believe that nonsense.
Links to pictures on Shroomery...
Tell me SOMEONE has a diagnosis...

General topics / Links to all major ethnobotanical resources...
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:50:16 AM »
All of these places ship to the United States, the places I have ordered from always use discreet packaging and carry viable product. To my knowledge these are the best resources that can be found via the internet.

Papaver Somniferum (OpiumPoppy) (seasonally expensive) (means what it is) (thorough selection) (thorough selection

Lophophora Williamsii/Fricii/Diffusa (Peyote and its relatives) (excellent prices) (wide selection, decent pricing)

Trichocereus (all relatives specifically containing mescaline) (good pricing on Trichocereus) (wide selection, decent pricing)

Erythroxylum Coca (Cocaine Plant) (high priced but your only option)
$140.00 for 10 seeds last I knew, but they have always been viable and shipped discreetly and with great packaging. These can be out of stock on occasion since it is hard to get E. coca to produce seeds readily, and the seeds only stay viable up to a month in good contitions. He sells them under the name Erythroxylum Coca var. Ricky or Tavares, but that is just a marketing name, they have been confirmed genuine E. coca.

Salvia Divinorum (The Diviner or Divine Sage) (live plants only at a decent price)
Cannot buy seeds over the internet because Salvia Divinorum plants do not readily produce seeds.

I hope this serves as a good directory for those interested in those hard to find ethnobotanical plants, especially the holy grail Erythroxylum Coca.

Cultivation / Straw Basket
« on: December 08, 2010, 01:12:18 AM »
I am intending on doing an indoor straw basket grow. Unfortunately I am short on a tote that will house such a gigantic basket so I'm forced to use polypropylene bags to keep in the moisture and manually open the bags to allow FAE. But my dilemma is stagnant air, I know straw is highly succeptable to contamination for that reason. Are there any ideas on how to keep decent FAE while being housed in the polypropylene bag without the expense of my straw basket falling victim to mold? Will cutting slits or holes in the bag while running a fan indirectly be sufficient?

PF - Tek / Back to classics...
« on: November 30, 2010, 01:36:06 AM »
I was thinking about going back to my roots and doing a giant PF-Tek grow again. I have 72 pint wide mouths that have been in a closet for almost 2 years. I'm not much of a canner, so they serve no other purpose. I was thinking about doing mexicanas, I've done this with rye flour in lue of brown rice flour  -_-

General topics / Photo contest?
« on: November 30, 2010, 01:31:13 AM »
I know it has slowed down quite a bit because of the winter season and what not around here, but does December deserve a photo contest? I have some cool ideas roaming around the ol noggin that involve a kiddy pool and a lawn gnome...

General topics / This spamming shit is out of control...
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:34:22 AM »
How does one rid a forum of totally dominating auto-trolls?

General topics / What does one do with a pan full of mycelium....
« on: December 25, 2009, 12:09:16 PM »
I have about 3 quarts of fully colonized grain sitting next to my fruiting shelf in a pan that I decided not to case. I can't keep the culture alive now cus it's too late for a GTG transfer, it's been exposed to open air with a large surface area. I also can't introduce it to pasteurized straw cus I simply don't have the access to it. I don't have room in my fridge to simply freeze the growth so preservation is out of the question as well. I guess my dilemma is that this stuff produced like a champ and I don't wanna waste it, I just have no room in my usual spots. What does one do with a pan full of mycelium that he can't case?  :huh:

My favorite recipe around Christmas time are my ''Space Pretzels''.

1)White Chocolate melted in a pot with a few drops of peppermint extract added.

2)Let Chocolate cool in the pot, but make sure it doesn't thicken back up.

3)Add dry ground caps from your favorite mushroom strand, I usually put about 5 grams powder for every cup of Chocolate.

4)Dip your pretzel sticks in and add sprinkles before cooling in the fridge if you want.

It was a few years ago that I wanted to do something fun and festive for the holidays, so I made this recipe. If you don't have a super tolerance 3-4 of those babies will get you goin pretty good. It's a nice treat for friends that come over that don't shroom that much, haha make sure you tell them what's in them...

Cultivation / G2G Rescue...
« on: December 22, 2009, 08:25:04 AM »
Out of the 48 inoculated jars in my PES Hawaiian grow, four didn't take  :angry: But I did four successful grain transfers from one single doner jar to rescue them. Nobody likes wasted resources : )

Pics of my shelf setup soon  ^_^

Cultivation / Finally, my summer season grow in motion...
« on: June 30, 2009, 06:00:48 PM »
Alright, all 72 jars are finally autoclaved and inoculated with B+ syringes. My incubator is filled to the brim with as many jars as I could comfortably fit! Last time I used all of my supplies for this big of a grow it turned out well.  ^_^ I should easily be expecting a pound and a half...

Pics coming later tonight, I gotta take them first  :rolleyes:

General topics / HR875 "Ban of Organic Gardening"
« on: April 16, 2009, 11:18:01 PM »
As I understand it, HR875 is a bill that is being pushed forward to outlaw the sale and production of organic gardens and their products. This bill (if passed) will permit the nationalization of all food product that come from plants and animals. The United States government will be in control of what chemicals and treatments go into your meat products, such as growth hormones and or preservatives to ensure "quality control". They will also have control of what goes into your plant and vegetable products, such as pesticides and fungicides. Codex alimentarius, funded by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of America) and WHO (World Health Organization) will be the sole distributor of all of your natural foods, from eggs and milk to beef asparagus and bananas. Rural farms and fruit stands will disappear, and organic foods will be OUTLAWED! Speculation of the regulation of personal back yard gardens have even come about. Various vitamins will be regulated and/or outlawed deemed as unnecessary sources of nutrition.

Here are some provisions on mushroom products set by Codex alimentarius, I took them right out of the website.

CODEX STAN 38 Page 3 of 13
All edible fungi permitted for sale by the competent authorities in the consuming
countries. "(i.e. the U.S. government)"

3.2.1 Raw Material: only fresh edible fungi which have been treated or processed
immediately after they have been picked, before deterioration sets in, may be used in the
preparation of fungus products. Both as raw material and as preserved fungi, they shall be
healthy, clean, undamaged, free, as far as possible, of maggot damage and possess the flavour
and taste appropriate to the species.

Cultivation / Tek for Amanita and it's strains...
« on: April 14, 2009, 07:28:24 PM »
There was a small group of Japanese scientists that were able to duplicate the ideal circumstances to domestically grow a flush of Amanita Muscaria. Amazingly enough, it included an indoor grown spruce tree and northwestern U.S. "fall like" conditions. Maybe it's only a curiosity of mine, but I am looking to grow this as well. Can anyone point me in the right direction as far as cultivation goes? I have a feeling this is going to be a slightly more challenging task to find information on this.  :angry:

I have had a chance to experiment with most of the Psilocybe and Stropharia mushroom strains and have cultivated them to a degree of moderate to great success, but unfortunately there isn't much readily available text concerning the cultivation of my latest muse, the Panaeolus, Cyanescens, Subbalteatus, Foenisecii and Campanulatus strains. From what I gather they are very stubborn mushrooms to cultivate indoors, are all similar in grow conditions and physical features and do not thrive under the typical PF Tek conditions. I am not even sure they prefer grain as their feeder mediums. Any help in the location of grow guides or information of your own is greatly appreciated.

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