when I inoculate I will use a lot more spores to do so.
Eric Hanson wrote:My thoughts for you is that it may not be too late for you to do something about the soil/chip contact. I was told not to till or mix soil and chips together, but that digging the fertile holes might give a bit more surface area to work with without having soil mixed everywhere throughout the bed. Perhaps you could dig a couple of fertile holes? I planted tomatoes partly because I thought that they would provide the dappled sunlight that wine caps seem to like best. Maybe you could gently dig a couple of small fertile holes and plant in them? It is your bed, so you do what you think is best, but maybe this is an avenue you could explore.
I wish you the best of luck on your project. It would also be interesting to see how your project advances so please keep us up to date. I am learning this too, so I would love to see things that you got right that I got wrong.
Tj Jefferson wrote:Stropharia is definitely hard to get before the bugs. Here they must be picked barely past button stage if you want any, the slugs are voracious. If you leave them longer then the fungus gnats are all over them. I am having fewer problems now that the toads are out. I would recommend a pile of stones for toad habitat in any mushroom patch, it seems to make a difference. I also dug an ephemeral pond near the patches to create habitat. We shall see...