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Fatguy's Agar Technique

Fatguy's Agar Technique
Agar inoculation has been used for cultivation mushrooms as well as bacteria and molds for several years. The key to using an agar solution in cultivating mushrooms is sterility. Keeping the work surface and your hands clean and free of contaminants is the most important thing in using agar. I recommend that a HEPA system be used but since most people that use this forum cannot afford one, a glove box can be successfully used or a homemade HEPA design (what I use) will work. Choosing an agar solution to work with should be pretty easy. I purchase agar from Fungi Perfecti but there are several different sources of suppliers out there. Agar production and pouring I use a Malt Extract Agar (MEA) solution that is shipped to me in a powder form. -Mix 50 grams of MEA (7 Tablespoons) for each liter of water. You can use a Mason Jar as a container to mix and autoclave the solution. When the 45 minutes is up, slowly and carefully lower the heat and the pressure of the pressure canner.

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Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket August 12, 2012 | Growing, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms | 37 Comments | Author: Kirsten Bradley Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Huzzah… Zodd’s oyster mushrooms A Fresh Perspective on the Psychology of Scent “Odour, oftener than any other sense impression, delivers a memory to consciousness little impaired by lapse of time, stripped of irrelevancies of the moment or of the intervening years, apparently alive and all but convincing,” wrote Roy Bedichek in The Sense of Smell (1960). “Not vision, not hearing, touch, nor even taste – so nearly akin to smell – none other, only the nose calls up from the vasty deep with such verity those sham, cinematic materialisations we call memories.” It is memory that informs our taste for scent, and what links the notes of a fragrance to the inescapable and often subconscious feelings of nostalgia, joy, repulsion and sex. Seemingly far away experiences such as childhood holidays, first kisses, parental influences, early diet and geographical upbringing contribute to our sense of smell, which is undoubtedly the most neglected of all our senses. AnOther took the test, and the result is a perfume that defines us to the core.

Mushrooms Glow in the Dark Mushrooms (Omphalotus nidiformis) February 16, 2015 | Farming, Foraging, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms | 8 Comments | Author: Kirsten Bradley Recently we found something we’d always wanted to see – Glow in the Dark Mushrooms. No really, we did. Ghost Fungus, or Omphalotus nidiformis is actually quite common throughout southern Australia. Omphalotus nidiformis distribution, via Atlas of Living Australia Omphalotus nidiformis – Ghost … Continued

Coffee Grinds to Mushrooms: A How to Guide Yup. I’m not pulling your leg and I’m not kidding you around; oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are a species of fungus that can digest coffee grinds, including the filters that they are often discarded with, and produce reliable crops of mushrooms. I was skeptical at first but after doing what seemed to be no more than a month casually searching through online do-it-yourself blogs and investigating companies which distribute mushroom kits and spawn (such as The Mushroom Patch) I had the confidence to give it a shot. I was rewarded with not only beautiful and tasty oyster mushrooms but an acquired set of skills that I can now use to develop further cultivating techniques for this sadly underappreciated crop. Approximately one month after mixing together the coffee grinds and mycelium together, the oyster mushrooms are well into their first flush.

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Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes Pin It I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time. This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash. For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield. What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach. For bluish/purple dyes:

Chocolate Oyster Edible Mushroom Chocolate Oyster Mushrooms, otherwise known as Italian Oyster mushrooms, are not only a delicious gourmet edible. they are extremely medicinal as well. They can reduce cholesterol, promote cardiovascular, boost the immune system, and are also prevent to be anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibiotic. In a recent study, Oyster mushrooms have shown high concentrations of vitamin D when dried upside down in the sun. They are a superfood indeed! Pleurotus ostreatus - Mycology Wiki Pleurotus ostreatus Pleurotus ostreatus, the pearl oyster mushroom, is a common mushroom prized for its edibility. Long cultivated in Asia, it is now cultivated around the world for food. It is related to the similarly cultivated king oyster mushroom, pleurotus eryngii.

DIY BioPrinter We started out by messing around with an old inkjet printer that we literally saved from a sidewalk somewhere. There's already plenty of interesting things you can do with an low-end off-the-shelf inkjet printer, but they do have some limitations, which we'll get into in the next Step (or skip straight to Step 3 for how we built our own bioprinter from scratch, that you can see in the first picture above). Undressing the Printer We disassembled an abandoned HP 5150 inkjet printer for use as a bioprinter. Pleurotus pulmonarius - Mycology Wiki Pleurotus pulmonarius Oyster mushroom Pleurotus pulmonarius, the lung oyster mushroom, is very similar to Pleurotus ostreatus, the tree oyster, but has a few noticeable differences. The caps of pulmonarius are much paler and smaller than ostreatus and develops more of a stem.

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Oysters and phonebooks (fungi forum at permies) My background with growing mushrooms started out with doing everything sterile. I have been working bit by bit each year to try to reduce all the sterile measures I use and for this oyster mushrooms are great because they're so vigorous. This phone book I originally soaked in a weak solution of bleach water. The stem butt cultures involve no sterile technique whatsoever. I simply chop the butts off on my cutting board, tear off some cardboard or paper product from the recycle bin, and raid our cabinet full of plastic bags.

Alexis Williams wwff Aug 22 I will be selling Phone book kits at the Stitsville Organic Farmers Market on Thursday between 3:30 and 6:30. Aug 15 After a week in montreal I found all sorts of mushrooms growing on my reject phone book stack. Aug 7