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Need ideas for what to do with your unwanted TERF-authored books?

Use them to grow mushrooms!

(yes, my first posts from this account are about non-plant entities)

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introduction, food plants 

Hello! I'm Kirsty from Scotland, I grow plants and have been experimenting with growing food in a tenement flat since I don't have a garden. In this hell year of 2020 I've been growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, strawberries and tomatillos with some success!

I just wanted to make sure you had enough water to germinate, little plants

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This is guttation in action, a process through which plants expel excess water through the tips of their leaves. Basically the cat grass is shaming me for the soil being too wet 😅

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A couple of people asked, so here's some notes on spoon carving with links to relevant sites, I hope it's helpful (I'll add notes on sourcing wood another day): oppenlab.net/cr/spoons/

Well, my heirloom tomatoes are making an attempt at survival and growing new foliage so I guess I’ll try overwintering them

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Update: I marinaded the four mushrooms that were fully grown in some soy sauce, mirin and sesame oil and they were so good

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mushroom growing thread, they look like real mushrooms now 

Can I eat you yet

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mushroom growing thread, they look more like mushrooms now 

They grow so fast, a lot of these will probably be fully grown and ready for eating within a couple of days

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mushroom growing thread, possibly less trypophobia-inducing but still a bit gnarly 

I think the mushrooms have doubled in size since yesterday

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As a side-note, don't type 'trypophobia' into duckduckgo if you don't want to see the collection of trypophobia-triggering images it helpfully puts at the top of the results page 😩

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They're looking more like mushroom clusters now! Looking forward to them turning into fully-grown mushrooms so I feel less itchy when I look at them

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I think I've got a few tiny pinhead growths on the books now! Too tiny to get a decent picture of, but it's looking promising (as long as they are in fact oyster mushrooms and not some other kind of horrible growths)

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food plants 

Now I’m trying to decide if it’s worth getting out my plant lights and encouraging this

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food plants 

I was pulling out my cucumber plants when I found that one of them is still happily trying to grow fruit, in a north-facing window, in November

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... two days, so I have removed the book of mycelium from the fridge. The instructions now say to open the bag to let more air in, and it's time to water the book once or twice a day with '5cm of cool, fresh water and then drain immediately'. 5 cubic cm? I don't know, so I got my measuring jug and decided to interpret this as 100ml because the 100ml mark looks like it's around 5cm from the bottom (I am bad at gauging measurements)

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... which takes me to today!

We have lots of nice fluffy mycelium! The instructions say to put the books in the fridge for 2 days, presumably as a cold stratification technique to simulate the kind of colder weather needed for mushrooms to start growing.

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The next step was to put them in a shady place and wait! The mycelium takes 3 to 6 weeks to grow.

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I used the bag to grip the pages of the book so I could open them and do some spawn sprinkling throughout the book.

The next step was to use a bit of kitchen roll as a plug, gather the neck of the bag around it and tie it with string. I think this is to filter the air flow to prevent any other fungal spores from entering the bag and colonising the books. I now had a little Molotov cocktail mushroom bundle.

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Once the water was safer to handle I poured the water out and gave the books a squeeze to remove the excess. I had a nice bagful of soggy books now. I went and made something to eat while I let them cool down further so I didn’t accidentally cook the spawn.

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I recommend being very careful and sitting your bag of books in a sink while you’re pouring the boiling water in, as plastic bags are not very sturdy and I may have had a hot water spilling incident and had to use my cat-like reflexes that I’ve honed from living with a cat. Also, work gloves or oven gloves are helpful for this stage!

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