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Socoder -> Word of the Week -> Word of the Week : Boletus

Posted : Sunday, 02 February 2020, 17:06

Word of the Week : Boletus

This week's word is..


Boletus is a genus of mushroom-producing fungi, comprising over 100 species.

What is Word of the Week?

Each week, a different word is posted.
Allow the word to inspire you in some way.

The word might set you off creating a brand new game. (Memories of Wednesday Workshop?!)
It may spark a creative Pixelart.
You might make a piece of music based around the word.

Or the word could jolt a random memory from your past.
Tell us a story.
Write us a poem.

Create, and post.

Hello. I am the official Socoder User.
I used to be known as Mr Testo.
I am no longer known as Mr Testo.
Posted : Monday, 03 February 2020, 02:48
Aye, got an idea for this one
Posted : Monday, 03 February 2020, 09:39
'ere!, shroom-monk, it's your favourite subject.
Posted : Sunday, 09 February 2020, 08:28
steve_ancell 'ere!, shroom-monk, it's your favourite subject.

I mean, how can I not do this one? I have, though, been struggling to come up with a 'creative' idea all week.

However, for Christmas, my girlfriend got me a thing for turning old books into a crop of oyster mushrooms - and since I've finally got my first free weekend in a while (and it's definitely not outdoors weather right now...), I decided to set them up today! I took some pictures as I went, and figured I'd share them here.

Here's the box and its contents (not pictured: instruction sheet):

There's a sealed bag full of oyster mushroom spores, and a filter bag that the end result (of this stage) goes into.

You also need some old books that you're willing to sacrifice to grow them in. We didn't have any that we were willing to part with, so we went to some charity shops and found some old books that we didn't think anyone would miss - a (slightly out of date) dictionary of computer terms, and an interesting dictionary attempting to give a primer on all fields of human endeavour.

Say goodbye, books! Because the first step is to thoroughly soak them in warm water, and squeeze out all the bubbles. You'd be surprised how much air is in these things!

With the air expunged, I then left them to soak for 20 minutes, before lifting them out and squeezing out the excess water. Wet, but not over-saturated. Next, I took the spore mixture and distributed it amongst the pages of the books. In the bag it looks like a big, off-white chunk of mystery substance, but it's basically rubbery, brittle stuff that's full of spores that look like small seeds. Here are a few of them being distributed across some pages in one of the books:

Having done that at numerous points throughout the two wet books, the final step is to bind them up tightly in elastic bands, and stick them in the filter bag. Then seal the filter bag up airtight with tape, and the first stage is done!

The bag now sits at room temperature away from the sun for a few days, after which the books should have turned white as the mycelium develops and fills the books. Once that has happened, the bag goes in the fridge for a few days as a 'cold shock' - to simulate the change of the seasons! That should start the mushrooms growing.

It'll be a different word of the week by then, but if people are still interested then I might post some updates as they grow.

A mushroom a day keeps the doctor away...

Keep It Simple, Shroom!
Posted : Sunday, 09 February 2020, 08:33
Can't wait to see Shroomy's Shrooms!!

''Load, Next List!''
Posted : Sunday, 16 February 2020, 11:58
One week later...

In the first couple of days, the filter bag expanded a fair bit with gas, but otherwise nothing much seemed to be happening.

Then suddenly, over the last few days, the mycelium has been bursting out of the books at an astonishing rate! The insides must presumably contain a bunch more out of sight.

Hopefully in a few more days the books will be fully covered, and then it's onto the next stage!

A mushroom a day keeps the doctor away...

Keep It Simple, Shroom!
Posted : Sunday, 16 February 2020, 13:02
Eeeeuw, creepy!!!
Posted : Sunday, 16 February 2020, 18:08

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