Hey all, thought I'd put up a simple little mushroom grow I'm doing with Wild Bird Seed (WBS) and horse manure. I'm an old hand at growing boomers, and welcome any and all comments, questions, or concerns. I enjoy helping others with their mushroom questions (when I can!). With these South American spores, I just wanted to see how viable and vibrant they still were. I had 39 vacuum sealed spore prints on foil that are about a year old. Mushroom spores can last many years given proper humidty/temp controls are in place...and minus any light. I started these South American spores a little over a week ago, and I already have some huge jars of WBS colonizing with fluffy white mycelium. I did have one contam already...noticed some green on the white. I made a glovebox, sterilized everything (and myself), and scraped a few spores in a few jars of PC'd WB. (PC'd the jars at 15 psi for 90 minutes)...which were originally cooled down for 12 hours after PCing. The jars won't be completely colonized for several weeks still, even though I have them at about 80 degrees (using a space heater that's serving two functions now). I'll spawn them to a pasteurized (not sterilized) horse manure mix, and let that re-colonize...then a few weeks after that, take the cover off, and a few weeks after that....mushrooms. The mushrooms get the moisture for growing by the pasteurized material that's added to the colonized substrate. There is no need for any additional humidity to be added. Ventilation is achieved by small drilled holes on the sides of the container. A few times a day, I'll take the lid off, and fan the tubs for a minute, then recover, for additional ventilation. I'll upload some pics in a few hours of what the jars look like. I've got some great bulk pics from past grows that I'll probably post intermittently throughout this thread. It's sometimes nice to have them to more clearly illustrate certain points. Again I'm open for questions or comments....and the pics will be coming in the next few hours.