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Kevin Hoover

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    Central Pa
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    Fishing, hunting, gardening, kayaking, reading

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  1. A friend sent me a picture of her horse manure pile. It has mushrooms all over it. Central Pennsylvania. Blue cap and stem, long stem, cap is fringed around the outside. Anybody have an idea what they might be? She’s bringing me several tomorrow, I’ll post pics and take a spore print. I can’t see anything in Baroni’s book. Likewise I’d didn’t see anything in Appalachian Mushrooms by Sturgeon.
  2. My wife likes Map My Hike while she’s hiking and exploring. I don’t have any such apps installed but I do keep a photo of a map for the area I’m hunting on my phone and do use the phone’s compass to take a bearing before I go into the woods. Are there any apps you find useful? One that lets me save spots and keeps me from getting lost would be good. That being said, I set down with a map the other night, and identified a dozen or so areas I want to explore. Each was at max one mile by two miles, with several smaller. And each area was completely bounded by dirt roads and/or trails so that while I could get turned around, I really can’t get lost. Checked each out by car yesterday to see what trees were there, if the area had been cut or not, and how thick the underbrush was.
  3. Ok. Finished filling jars last weekend. Now up to 55. Just got a shipment of spawn today from NorthSpore. Started 4 plastic buckets today, using soaked sawdust and a bag af their Black Trumpet (a cross). Will do more later this weekend.
  4. Thanks. Just seems I’d that the guides I’m looking at don’t list them as lookalikes, or similar mushroom to consider.
  5. Are there two separate species called by this name? The reason I ask is that both Bessette and Baroni use Phylloporus rhodoxanthus, while Sturgeon uses Phylloporus leucomycelinus. And none show the other name as a synonym. Both are shown as edible.
  6. I assume this is a cinnabar-red polypore? It’s on cherry logs on the edge of my property.
  7. I appreciate that and will try it when I get a chance. I’m lucky enough to have a property that has several habitats. Pastures with plenty of manure (we have horses), an upper boundary that was planted with Norway spruce, some white pines, a red pine plot, and a decent size oak/maple forest habitat that already contains a good patch of chanterelles. I’m in the middle of a 16’x32’ hoophouse build and will use oysters and wine caps to build a good soil base.
  8. Now up to 42 jars now. Experimenting with substrates and oyster species. So far I’ve used coffee grounds, birdseed, wheat and a 50/50 wheat/birdseed. First jar is now fully colonized and starting to pin. It’s a golden on birdseed started 2/22.
  9. I’ve been reading about growing them in quart jars. Started some on millet birdseed in mason jars, using golden, pink, Phoenix, wide range, cold Blue, and cold weather gray dove oysters. Started them with about 5 hardwood plugs in each jar, since that’s what I had. Also filled four jars with coffee grounds and started those too. All these were started 2/22 and all are showing mycelium forming. I bought a fifty pound bag of wheat and started 12 jars so far on that, split evenly between the pink and golden oyster plugs, as I’m trying to use them up. Also started two jars, one each, without sterilizing the wheat. All this was done on 2/25. So that’s 24 jars so far, and a lot of wheat left in the bag. Also got a load of sawdust. Will probably start a couple buckets with a sawdust and wheat mix. Have sawdust and grain spawn on order. Will wait for that.
  10. Thanks, good info. Norway spruce, in my opinion, are easy to spot. Likewise, around here I don’t see them as a major forest trees, but planted all over yards and other places. Tree ID isn’t a problem for me generally (I majored in Forest Science). I agree that I need to put some major time in different woods. I’m lucky to have practically unlimited public lands available, between state forests, state parks, state game lands. I even have a large National Forest within easy driving distance. The place I hunted this fall was heavy on hemlock and white pine. I need to spend some time in the mixed oak and maple woods. I’m spending some time looking at maps of nearby areas and comparing them to imagery to see general tree types in the area. And I’m studying both Lactarius mushrooms and boletes heavily. I joined the local mushroom club and plan on participating on their walks this summer. Lots to learn about mushrooms! But that’s what makes it fun. At the same time, I have king trumpet oysters fruiting on a sawdust block I ordered. I have shiitake and about eight varieties of oyster plugs waiting to pick up logs from a friend who logs. I started six varieties of oysters in quart mason jars using birdseed as substrate this week. I need to get some straw and a load of sawdust (which we need for horse bedding anyway). I have eight five-gallon buckets drilled to start in, and I plan to grow oysters and winecaps on outdoor beds. Lots to learn and try!
  11. I’m a member of the Central PA club. In fact we are meeting tomorrow. My current practice is to not eat anything they don’t verify for me
  12. Thanks Dave. I was curious because I compiled a bolete spreadsheet for my own education based primarily on Bessette’s Boletes of Eastern North America. But I crosswalked it with Sturgeon’s Appalachian Mushrooms, and Roger Phillips’ book. Leccinum has caught my eye ( along with Sillius) as boletes I might want to target as a beginner. In the spreadsheet, I listed common name, Latin name, all the Latin names it has been identified as, spore color, habitat it’s found in, how common it is, it’s lookalikes (I noted edibilty, poisonous and unknown) and page in each of the three books. I did this for edible boletes only (excluding 2 or 3 that reportedly tasted unpleasant), and only those whose range included central Pennsylvania. I think including Leccinum, I came up with about 92 species
  13. Bill Russell in his guide says ”Ignore the older and many current guidebooks, including my first book, that say certain Leccinum species are edible. Currently, authorities warn us not to eat any Leccinum species until further studies confirm that they are safe” Is this still the case? What happened to make this change?
  14. I’m experimenting. I’ve been collecting coffee grounds (and filters, which I tore up) in a plastic coffee container. I put eight pink oyster plugs in it today, hoping to get a head start. If it works, I’ll inoculate 5 gallon buckets with it. Will keep adding coffee grounds daily.
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