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  1. Greetings fellow mushroom enthusiasts, What is the best CMC (cow manure compost) to use for my bulk grow? I called my local grow shops and they both carry the same brand of CMC: Bu's Blend Biodynamic Compost: Organic and GMO-Free Soil Amendment. Ingredients: Organic dairy cow manure, straw, wood chips, and biodynamic concentrations of yarrow, chamomile, valerian, stinging nettle, dandelion and oak bark. Is this good to go? Should I look for a different brand? What do you use?
  2. I officially know what my pins looks like now.. I was so anxious to see them that I am sure I drove everyone here crazy about it all.. my pfk cake from out side was doing ok.. I didn't like that fact that they were so far away so I brought them inside.. with the same bedding it was in outthere.. this is just my experimental cake since I've never done it before.. I woke up this morning to fan it out bc I only mist now when cake feels dry but there was many more pins starting.. on the sides of my cake now they were just at the ends.. I'm very proud being that I had no clue what I was doing.. my pictures don't do it justice as I can't get it to zoom in right.. but my inside grow is doing well also.. no pins still but plenty more knots..
  3. Very happy yall.. 😄I'm getting pins or fruits.. same thing I guess.. 🤷‍♀️been watching them grow all day long.. not very big still but I did good by breaking it up.. I've heard of crumbling it up also.. anyone kno?? My compost pile is doing the job.. this will make 2 times from out there.. my inside grow is taking it's sweet ass time.. patience.. 😥 you guys are gonna get tired of me always on here.. but I have no one else but my bf and he's at work🤣 to talk to about this shit.. thanks guys for listening n reading my stuff.. really inspires me to do good when I hear from everyone..
  4. So it's about that time again. Bout a year haitus and I'm now back and as full of questions as ever. How does this substrate sound? I tried to use what I had with the calcium carbonate bc I couldn't find it at a few grow shops (I'll have to get online in a week or so). 5 qt coarse vermiculite (water retention and structure, I assume) 3 1/4 qt cow manure compost (said dairy manure compost some bagged bs brand from walmart), nutes 3/4 qt worm castings, nutes 339 g coco coir (close enough to the 325g that mtdorashane used in the tek i am roughly emulating), water absorption and structure 1/4 cup gypsum (calcium sulfate, extra nutes) 1/4 cup coffee grounds (nutes) 1/4 cup spagnum peat moss (I'll be using this for the casing, so i figure if I introduce it to the mush now, they'll know how to digest it better when it's spread for the casing) 1 tsp pickling lime (calcium hydroxide for a quick ph raise to give mush a better start (they prefer acidic, but their competitors will like it more, their adaptability allows them to also thrive at 8.5 or so) 2 tsp crushed oyster shells (I could not find calcium carbonate. Limestone, or oyster shell flour, or gardening lime that had less than 5% magnesium) ((I attempted to crush the oyster shells a bit more with a porcelain bowl and hammer, it kind of worked to lower the size...)) 1 pack of active yeast, approx 8 mg (Just dicking around, pretty much. I assume mycelium like it bc it's used in agar, so why not bulk. Hopefully someone doesnt respond and say you're a dumbass who didn't research the affects of yeast enough.) 1 tsp extra light malt extract syrup (This is also not called for fromany tek, but I figured why not. Hopefully no one has an actual point about not using malt syrup in bulk substrates.) 12 qt boiling tap water added Dry ingredients mixed. Wet mixed. Both mixed together. Bagged in oven bags (w/ micropore tape covered holes). They will be pc'd tomorrow since I have to visit my 'rents tonight. So I also made agar, that is currently pc'ing. Recipe as follows. 26g agar agar powder 11g yeast (might have really overdone that) 9g extra light malt extract syrup (it's what I have and want to get rid of/use) ((I think I should have used 12g syrup?)) 1/4 tsp organic brown rice flour 900 ml distilled water Will pc for 30 min. Plan is to use z-tubs. Everybody loves pics. Strain is APE. Can i use this flavor injector to suck up my LC and inoculate the agar? At least once. I can then presssure cook it to sterilize and reuse, right?
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