Message from Why Tea in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #gardening

2017-07-25 13:46:59 UTC  

@here does anyone know anything about growing mushrooms?

2017-07-25 13:47:01 UTC  
2017-07-25 14:02:59 UTC  


2017-07-25 14:03:24 UTC  

Are you looking to grow indoors or out?

2017-07-25 14:10:13 UTC  

I've only grown mushrooms from a kit, once, indoors. I'll defer to Alexander on this one.

2017-07-25 16:22:54 UTC  

All I know is that you need darkness and a shit ton of moisture.

2017-07-25 16:24:10 UTC  

Ambient (not direct) light

2017-07-25 18:24:10 UTC  

@Alexander B. - SC I am open to whatever works best

2017-07-25 19:19:21 UTC  

@R O M A N V S I know a fish tank would be a good place to let the spores grow.

2017-07-25 19:56:46 UTC  

Fish tank with a piece of glass inside to spray water on(enough to keep a humid environment, not make mushrooms wet) ambient light (such as in the vicinity of a window, not in the direct sunlight) everything must be thoroughly sterilized beforehand

2017-07-25 22:05:43 UTC  

Thomas has hit the nail on the head as far as indoor growing is concerned. Spores are injected into mason jars full of nutrient pellets in order to create the mycellium (spelling?) which is the "heart" of your mushroom growth. The contents are then removed from the jars and placed in a sanitized container, in ambient light, and then spritzed with water periodically.

2017-07-25 22:06:10 UTC  

When it comes to heartier mushrooms, you can easily grow them outside given the right conditions.

2017-07-25 22:09:10 UTC  

^ this is a great resource for ordering "log plugs" which are exactly what they sound like. Simply drill holes in logs, insert plugs, boom - shiitakes. The conditions have to be fair, but shiitakes are pretty resiliant. I imagine you have to spray the logs with water once every now and again *maybe*. But I can't imagine it taking any more effort than that.

2017-07-25 22:35:34 UTC  

You can also use a medium of vermiculite and organic brown rice(ground)

2017-07-26 03:18:39 UTC  


2017-07-26 03:19:27 UTC  

Thank you for the input thus far everyone, especially Alex and Thomas. I will do some more research and probably be back to further the discussion.

2017-07-26 03:19:57 UTC  

Ah, yeah your mushrooms. Good luck with them!

2017-07-26 03:20:14 UTC  

You got it, brother

2017-07-29 10:29:58 UTC  

Simple lesson coming soon on how to keep critters and varmints from getting your cantaloupes!

2017-07-29 10:30:08 UTC  

Is it a Ruger 10/22?

2017-07-29 11:35:19 UTC  
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2017-07-29 15:21:32 UTC  

How does one know if a plant is getting too much direct sunlight?

2017-07-29 17:39:09 UTC  

@WhyTea-Gardener i have a kiefer pear tree and the fruit is starting to come to term. The fruit does not taste very well to eat straight from the tree and I was told that it is best used for jams and jellies. Are there any other uses as far as cooking is concerned that you are aware of? I've never seen a pear cobbler or pie etc.

2017-07-29 18:02:25 UTC  

@Dan iiii for some plants it's not the direct sunlight but rather the high temperature

2017-07-29 18:42:53 UTC  

@Dan iiii Depends largely on the plant but the surest way to tell is if it gets sunburned. Yes, plants get sunburned. They affected portion will turn white and papery (I'll post a pic below). If you're asking about time of exposure, remember that plants do their actually growing in the dark so too long exposure can cause the plant to grow more slowly or not fruit, etc.

2017-07-29 18:43:54 UTC

2017-07-30 17:10:49 UTC  

@Deleted User I'm more familiar with the jams and jellies myself but a cobbler or pie might be nice. Follow the same recipes as for apple and I'd expect it would work out fine.

2017-07-30 17:11:07 UTC  

@Grenadier lol no it's little cages made of hardware cloth!

2017-07-30 17:35:02 UTC  

@Why Tea I like my idea better.

2017-07-30 17:35:22 UTC  

Keeps them off your crops and free meat!

2017-07-30 17:35:33 UTC  

And you get to shoot something!

2017-07-30 19:35:06 UTC  

Have any of you dealt with or been a beekeeper? I think I'd like to get some hives soon

2017-07-31 01:49:34 UTC  

Nice, do often sell a lot of honey or do you end up using most of it on your own?

2017-07-31 01:53:39 UTC  

We have a fella that sells it out. They crank out quite a bit of honey. Tens and tens of pounds

2017-07-31 01:54:26 UTC  

Wow, how many hives do you have?

2017-07-31 02:04:00 UTC  


2017-07-31 02:04:18 UTC  

We've pulled north of 30 so far out of two this year

2017-07-31 02:05:56 UTC  

If you don't mind me asking how much do you get from all that money wise?