For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Jan 23

Your Questions About Gardening

David asks…

mushroom growing pftek?

hello all,
am interested in growing my own mushrooms to cook with using the pftek method & brown rice flour. only one question about the process so far. after inoculating my jars do i tape the syringe holes back up or leave them open before putting in a moderately dark environment to colonize?

GardenersCardiff answers:

You are supposed to put a “filtered” tape or cover over the hole to allow air exchange. I covered the holes with tape in a few. I also put a disk shaped cotton swap with tape around the edges on the top of the jar to block any incoming microbes to enter. I would prefer grain substrate if you are looking to have a decent harvest and get the moneys worth of your spores

Michael asks…

How do I collect spores from edible mushrooms to grow my own?

How do I collect spores off of a blue oyster mushroom so I can re start another batch?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Dig the entire pant up and place in a shaded , heavily composted area..

Donna asks…

Why are hop shoots so expensive, can’t people just grow more of them?

It seems like the price market for foods is somewhat manipulated, after all anyone with a garden could grow hundreds of pounds of hop shoots, and yet they are charging a thousand euros per pound of it. Is it only the wild ones that are appreciated? And what about ‘gourmet’ mushrooms? Can people just get a log, some spores and grow their own? I realize some people – like me – live in apartment complexes and don’t have gardens, but I don’t get why some of these prices are so high. Aren’t they artificially inflated?

GardenersCardiff answers:

As 99% are left to flower and are used in beer production the few one from lower stems are used, I have cooked them in both the UK and France when I was a chef, yes like truffles they are a limited and rare commodity.

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