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Kevin Hoover

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  1. Six bags now fruiting. I’ve harvested five times so far, averaging 7 to 10 ounces per harvest. Doesn’t sound like much, but as frilly as these are it is.
  2. Does the bottom have spores or teeth? Thinking maybe a Northern Tooth
  3. Middle bag is the one I already harvested. Second flush growing on it.
  4. Mica caps do, don’t know about others Fruit several times a year that is.
  5. Just harvested the first bag and put it back in the shotgun chamber to fruit again. Harvest was just over 10 ounces. Pic of it before I picked it. And one of it picked. Will probably make crab cakes tomorrow
  6. Thinking it might be Cortinarius gentilis, Deadly Cort.
  7. Found these growing under a lone larch in front of camp. Ditch running between the dirt state forest road and row of trees in front of camp. Larch is on the end and the rest are Norway spruce. These only grow under the larch (spruces had other types of mushrooms around them). Spore print is brown.
  8. Had to set up the fruiting chamber today! I know lions mane is supposed to be fast fruiting, but I just inoculated this bag 11 days ago. Cut the top off the bag and put it in the chamber. Have another bag just starting to fruiting that I’ll let go another day or two before moving it too.
  9. In the past two weeks I’ve been starting grow bags with masters mix as a substrate. I’ve been using around 10 ounces of spawn, which is about 2 cups per bag. That gives me 8 bags for each bag of spawn. It’s been a slow process, as my pressure cooker only holds two bags at a time, and cook time is 2 hours at 15 psi. So it’s been 8 bags of lions mane, 8 of blue oysters, and 8 of hen of the woods. Oysters were sawdust spawn that’s been in my basement fridge. The others were all grain spawn, all from NorthSpore. Will see how it goes. Also built a shotgun fruiting cha
  10. Thanks Dave. At this point I’m happy that I could get it to the right genus by myself!
  11. Spore print is white Thinking it might be Laccaria striatula
  12. Found these two places today popping up from grass, one near hardwoods and the other near spruce. Trying to spore print them now. Gills remind me of Russula but stems don’t snap.
  13. You’re looking for white or pinkish white.
  14. And that also explains why I couldn’t get a spore print.
  15. Thanks. I have been checking but I would have never figured that out. Cooking some mica caps I just picked.
  16. Was out in the rain spreading blewit spawn and found several logs with these growing on it. Will spore print it. I assume the darker one is older. Gills remind me of chanterelles. Also found a meadow mushroom in the yard.
  17. I built an area back in the woods, framed it with logs, and put a layer of composted horse manure on it. Left the leaves fall covering it. Tonight I spread a bag of blewit spawn on it, as it is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow. Will add more leaves later. I had fourteen five gallon buckets of sawdust that I inoculated with oyster spawn in the spring. Got oyster from two, then left them dry out this summer. Today I dumped them on a layer of straw in my hoophouse (no plastic over it yet) and added a bag of wine cap spawn. Will spread another layer on straw. I have two
  18. Did the first ones have sparkles on top? They look like mica caps to me
  19. And most edible polypores seem to grow on more mature trees. And getting mature trees takes many years. I’m lucky to have a mixed property of pastures, yards, pine swath, mostly deciduous woods, and floodplain. In the last year since I stated hunting mushrooms I’ve found chanterelles, oysters, chicken of the woods, reshi, meadow mushrooms, mica caps, puffballs, suillus and milkies on my property.
  20. I would wonder about Black Walnut. It produces a toxin that kills plants around it, but I don’t know if that toxin effects fungi. Also wondering if cattle grazing causes soil compaction which inhibit spore inoculation. Horse grazing does not seem to have that effect. The most heavily grazed part of my pasture produced a plentiful supply of meadow mushrooms after each rain (very dry summer here). Obviously the mycorrhizal species would not likely colonize until their associated tree species appear. And even then, spores would have to be blown in.
  21. I think it has been long understood how fungus plays a major role in the decay process of wood. Likewise, parasitic fungus was understood. Mycorrhizal not so much. But I’d point to the universities, rather than the Forest Service, for lack of earlier research. Also realize that once initial research has been published, it snowballs. I’ll have to approach some forestry students and enquire what they’re being taught today. Keep in mind, my studies were in the 1970’s. I’m sure much has changed in 40 years.
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