Outdoor Bed for Oyster in Tennessee

Discussion in 'MUSHROOM CULTIVATION' started by Norman Cook, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Norman Cook

    Norman Cook New Member

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    This week I plan to construct my 3 outdoor mushroom beds the following are my plans. The beds are about 3 feet by 4 feet and 18 inches high constructed from surplus sheet-metal.

    1. Install a layer of weed block fabric to prevent weeds. Some of the videos suggest the first layer to be a layer of cardboard but I think the purpose (I’m not sure) is to be a weed block and to preserve moisture.
    2. Next a thick layer of last year’s oak leaves. I have an almost unlimited supply and I expect the leaves will packed down and preserve moisture much as a cardboard mention above will do.
    3. A 2 to 4-inch layer of sawdust.
    4. A thin layer of wheat bran. I trust this will give the initial mycelium a food source. Hopefully it will not feed the contamination.
    5. Now add the oyster mushroom spawn.
    6. A 1 to 2-inch layer of wheat straw.
    7. A 2 to 4-inch layer of six-month-old wood chips.

    Your thoughts and comments are welcome.
     
  2. GGTBod

    GGTBod Chronicles of Bodley Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Sounds like a good plan Norman, id put the cardboard in there too though, makes for an amazing base for a mycelian matt, when you pull it up out the ground a few months later you can see it woven in
     
  3. Nihidao

    Nihidao Well-Known Member

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    I have thought of trying that here but being up north have been hesitant.would love to hear how it goes.