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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:40 am 
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the last couple of days i have been converting my walkin deer cooler into a seed starting room. i have hung ten 4' T-5 grow lights and installed a small space heater, i have got to cover the walls with mylar to reflect the light better. but the spring planting starts this weekend in my little hot room. i have two 5x8' wire tables that can be walked in and out as weather permits the seedlings to toughen outside.


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:40 pm 
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So you cutting back on the deer processing then, or is it only at certain times of the year you do that?

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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:50 pm 
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earthbound wrote:
So you cutting back on the deer processing then, or is it only at certain times of the year you do that?

deer season here starts in sept 15 with bows 1st of oct till about the 9th is black powder guns and then general rifle season till january 1st so we get 6 months, i won't use the cooler again untill i need cool storage for market veggies. so i use a small space heater and grow lites to get seedling started early. can't let a space sit idel for to long....lol make use of all your recources


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:53 am 
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been busy getting ready for spring, seeded about 60 flats with a to z...but no tomatoes, i do them special. got two of the plots tilled and setting on go. tater seeds starting to sprout.
took yesterday off and went to a mushroom growing class...it was real fun and they served a feast for lunch, we made shitaki logs and blue oyster straw bags. learned how to do ground bed. i got the cooler converted and filled with seed flats. ......come on spring!


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:06 pm 
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Interested to hear how your mushies go there BW. I've always thought they were a fair bit of work, so never tried anything except the standard mushroom kits.

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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:03 am 
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they are a bit of work, but if i purchace the spawn the work gets halved.....i think,,,lol.
i think i can sell logs and bags as well as the actual fruit. being the only one at market with them gives me hope.


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:34 am 
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The growing media is a main part of growing mushrooms. But if they cover the cost of the media you can add it to dirt garden. A lot of places sell the media by the bag. If you don't heat it up to kill off the spores then you will have some growing with your vegies. You could pick them from there as well, call them free range mushrooms. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:28 am 
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Good luck with the mushys :) I'm lucky enough to of had them grow in my veggie gardens last year. I just got some field mushys from the paddocks and crushed them all through the garden, waited a season and they came up :)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:01 pm 
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the plan is to feed the used mushcompost over the worms, then sell the vermicastings. the two seem to add value to the other. i will have to buy a shredder to chop the straw, i have the stuff to pasturize the grow media. its just going to be a learning curve, i hope to grow the market demand ,and then keep up. i have the full support from the good folks at mushroom mountain so i just gotta get with the program...lol


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:15 pm 
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I hear there is a big market for the golden ones. :hello:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:57 pm 
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But after picked make sure the stems don't turn blue....opps was that out loud :)

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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:16 pm 
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ya'll know im growing food? lmao.....when i did a search on growing them, all the sites are for the "pretty" kind. it really has me thinking about where the real money is.
where is the smilie that melts into the rainbow?


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:23 pm 
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Yep, good plans there, create the market yourself, get out there and educate people, get them to try your mushies, if they are good, then people will keep coming back for more..

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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
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Hey, great garden you have going big worm, absolutely fabulous :D

What are those 'tomato tables' you have there? Just a top where you can perch the tomatoes instead of staking them?


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 Post subject: Re: the wormstead
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:08 am 
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abdul wrote:
Hey, great garden you have going big worm, absolutely fabulous :D

What are those 'tomato tables' you have there? Just a top where you can perch the tomatoes instead of staking them?

i knee high flat surface to train them up and thru, sotra like a flop house for slouch tomatoes to lay on and get ripe.


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