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  1. FerdieJ

    What is your least favourite plant?

    Agapanthus blue and white, the pink one I don’t hate with burning rage, but it needs good management(deadheading) or it will spread just as badly as the ‘normal’ ones. Coprosma repens Kikuyu/ Couch the dreaded invaders, although at least kike can show you where the good soil is and cottonester.
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    Flower photo competition

    Got this one by chance one night
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    Isolation chamber

    Thanks Ton, I have dreamed about this for so many years it is so awesome it is now finally coming to life. I have taken a bit of a break the last few weeks, I am up to leveling out the area and digging pipework in where it needs to be, and wet weather is not helping the motivation, but it is a big project and I want it done right so I don’t mind waiting a little more. The salt I will order from a business that runs float tanks, they import direct from germany and have given me a good price to start with when I eventually order some, since I need about half a tonne of it. The water temperature is a bit tricky. Once it reaches temp and I add the salt it sort of has to stay warm forever because it is at saturation point at temp, so when it cools the salt crashes out of solution, causing issues with pumps and filters. This is my biggest concern. I think I will use a hydroponics waterbed heater for the most part, and turn it off while I float, hopefully the insulation will keep it at temp for the duration, but this will be one of those things that I will have to adjust as I use it and work the kinks out. An old farm I lived on had a firebath, light a fire underneath and an hour later human soup! I did think about trying to use a rocket stove somehow for this, but I will keep that for another project, or maybe the next one? This is only a prototype after all...
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    Isolation chamber

    I got a sheep watering trough, 2280mm in diameter at 370mm deep. Big enough for me at 193 cms to be able to almost not touch the sides at full stretch, which is pretty important, don’t want to ruin the moment by connecting to reality! I am not sure how well it will work for the project, I was thinking a few different ways round about the tank, but this seemed an easy option. Hopefully it does the job well, but time will tell.
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    Isolation chamber

    I was way longer than I expected finishing, and it’s still not quite there but I need a break. The roof is nearly complete so I can almost start on levelling the ground around the tank, and the tank itself. There is a long way to go, but it is looking better everyday.
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    Isolation chamber

    Finally some new works. The structure is temporarily in place while I sort out the roof. It is starting to look pretty good! I will have some more pictures hopefully by the end of the day if I get my skittles on, hopefully I can get the roof finished.
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    Isolation chamber

    Started the TARDiS, need to get more materials to keep going but, you get the picture. I get the tank on Monday, confirmed that this morning, so then I can start finalising the curved frame size and getting this thing really rolling along. But the task for the week is to get the TARDiS bit finished, what I can anyway.
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    Isolation chamber

    I have read growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms back to back and the sections about specific mushrooms a few time over per mushroom. Stamets really knows his stuff. A lot of the idea of using mycelium comes from the melting pot of ideas that my brain has been working on for years for all sorts of other projects, there is lots of people using mycelium for lots of different things, some of which this project covers. People use myc for art, to build furniture. They use it as insulation, both for sound and heat insulation, and it is fireproof, so it has applications to do with that. Mushrooms are used for mycoremediation, part of the idea of the substrate that I will play with deals with breaking down waste as the myc food, still working on that. I have basically mashed half a millions ideas into this one project, hence the very fluid nature of the design and implementation so far. This is a prototype design and so once I have an idea of how to do it, I can work on improvements for next time, and the point of the posting here and on other social media is to help to encourage others to learn about just what mycelium can do, and this project helps to make it a fun learning curve with hopefully a wicked outcome, that will help encourage others to just try things and experiment because they saw how fun this project was. And that’s my plan for how to change the world... well, that’s really a whole nother post...
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    Isolation chamber

    Once I have grown the structure, I have to time it right,before the myc starts to pin after full colonisation I switch the humidity from 100% or close to, to 0% or close to. Hopefully I can time it right but if I get it before it starts to fruit, with the reishi even if it does pin, and start to grow shrooms, I will play with oxygen/CO2 levels and try to get the funky antler growth but the idea is to dry it out before it gets that far. Once growth and pinning has slowed, or stopped, because the moisture level is too dry, then I just have to keep the humidity nice and low and draw the moisture out of the structure, essentially rendering the myc not quite dead but very dormant. Then.. in this stage the myc is perfect food for all sorts of things, I can’t have that, so I am going to fire the outside with a flamethrower/blowtorch type thing, and then paint it with a varnish of some description, possibly a natural resin one, I am playing with a few things, to protect it from slugs and snails, and other things. So the myc will get a stranglehold on the framework I have in place,(which helps to tie it all together structurally) but the drying process will mean it never can go too far. Hopefully. As I keep saying, not 100% sure on much really, a lot of the planning is centred around untested theories but if the science and the theories are correct, this thing should be strong, and well insulated, and if I can then protect it could last a very long time.
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    Sorted, thanks

    Never did get back here and close this. Thanks ninja, I am getting some spawn and for now will play with that, if I need something more at some point I’ll throw you a line.
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    Isolation chamber

    That really got me going too, when I figured it out. I have since seen the indian police wearing covid masks and I think the monster may be covid related, I might do the covid blobs aruond the body to tie it all into the whole covid isolation isolation chamber project! I am just having so much fun with this thing. I did a little more today, finished the curved walls so I can start figuring out how to tie the rest of the frame together. But I ran out of materials, so off the hardware I go at some stage, there is still plenty I can do before then though, so boring waiting for new frame pics I know but I am feeling the same, I just want this project to rocket forward, but I am waiting on the tank for at least two weeks so I am stuck a little. But I have various components now to get me started and soon it will look like it’s supposed to, and I have mycelium to play with now, and more coming from saguaro so I can play with more, and things should start really kicking off in a couple weeks. but for now, tedious waiting..
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    Isolation chamber

    Just a few progress pics, getting to look like a proper structure now!
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    Isolation chamber

    I have been busy making frames and now you can start to see what’s going on. As you can see I’ve laid out the base so you can see the size I have to work with. obviously there’s still a long way to go but things are coming together quite nicely.
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    Isolation chamber

    So while I didn’t get to the hardware today, I did get around to visualising the design of the outside of the structure. I have always wanted to have a TARDiS something, and now I get one. Because of the alien ceature eating it, I create the illusion of the old girl being indeed bigger on the inside too, I reckon that nails it! So while that quick sketch is n absolute work of art, I went ahead and mad a bit of a model too, so you can really get the idea. So tomorow I get some more supplies and start building the rest of the frame, can’t wait!
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    Isolation chamber

    This inside of the chamber? The inside of the chamber will be painted in ultra high gloss bathroom paint, and the roof slants to the back of the chamber so any condensation should run down the walls and back into the tank, and there will be air vents to keep the air moving and hopefully keep the condensation down anyway. Depending on how it goes I may change practices, like keeping the water in the resevoir until I want to use it which leaves the inside dry most of the time, this is a working dynamic prototype after all so I can imagine I will discover lal sorts of problems that must be somehow overcome, but that’s the fun of it!