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In order to growing mushrooms well it is good to follow the important instructions provided in the mushroom kits. If you have not purchased the kit to access the instructions, you can visit different people who have had an experience in mushrooms growing so that you can understand the dos and don'ts involved in the exercise for the best results. Here are important rules to observe; RESEARCH ON THE RIGHT MUSHROOM TO GROW Growing mushrooms is an easy procedure but it can be challenging if you do not have enough information. When you are choosing the right types to grow you need to research online for the right information about it. This aids you in making the right decision regarding the right mushroom for you to grow. The information you get helps you to know the right temperature, humidity and moisture content required to grow that particular seed. An online research exposes you to the different species available that you can grow. DO NOT ASSUME THE PROCESS IS SAME FOR ALL THE MUSHROOMS There are of different types hence each has its own process. To growing mushrooms, you need to know the requirement for that particular type of mushrooms. Using a process for one type to grow another type of mushroom can lead to failure. If you decide to grow a wood eating type of mushroom, you should ensure that you have the medium as wood such as a log stuffed with sawdust. In addition, take note of the conditions required for the type of mushrooms. For example if you are growing the Enoki, you need to place the medium in a cool place compared to other types. This favors the growth of the mushrooms you are dealing with. In case you plan to blend different types then you need to ensure that they require the same substrate, temperature, humidity and moisture contents. OBSERVE THE SANITATION PROCEDURE In order to growing mushrooms, you need to observe the right sanitation procedures. This is a very sensitive procedure as it determines whether it will grow well or not. The sanitation procedures involve the sterilization and pasteurization of the substrate and the items used for the growth of the mushrooms. Hand washing while sowing it is very important in this procedure. This procedure is important in ensuring that the substrates and the items used in the growing of the mushrooms are free from harmful micro organisms that can harm the it. PREPARE ADEQUATE SPACE To growing mushrooms requires preparation especially of space. When planning to grow mushrooms for commercial use it is important to consider the availability of space. You can decide to grow the mushrooms that can thrive well in an open field as you can have the space available for mushroom growth. However, if you have a basement room it is ideal for the growth of mushrooms in large quantities. Ensure that you have a room that is well ventilated but dark without direct contact with the natural light.


Good paddock maintenance requires a little careful planning so that things that need to be done in the course of the year can be scheduled.Spring MaintenanceSpring is a good time of year to carry out a soil analysis. Soil fertility affects grass growth and this can check how healthy your soil is. Recommendations can be made to correct anything.Harrowing in the spring - or the autumn - removes old grass (dead thatch) from your pasture and allows light and air into the pasture to develop new growth. It is often accompanied by rolling, which can both level and improve growth.Topping (cutting or mowing) will help give a good durable grass sward. This is in itself the most effective barrier to weeds.Fertilising, especially after topping can also be carried out at this time of year.Summer MaintenanceIn the summer, a paddock may require further topping and fertilising again, if required.Over-seeding can both repair grass and introduce more suitable grass mixes into a paddock. Good expertise and local knowledge (leading on from soil analysis) is important in choosing the seed.Summer is also a good time to aerate the soil, especially if the grass and underlying soil has become compacted by either machinery or animals. This can not only help with improving the grass, but will also help with surface drainage issues.Autumn ManagementAutumn is a time for topping, aerating, weed control and over-seeding as well.In addition, autumn is the time of year for an application of lime - although little and often throughout the year can often prove to be the best. The soil analysis will determine whether this is an appropriate treatment.Autumn is also a good time to start hedge trimming. There will be no effect on any nesting birds and the summer's growth can be cut back, leaving a tidy clean hedge. This in turn encourages growth and helps keep a hedge stockproof.Winter ManagementWinter can also be a good time for any hedge-trimming which has not been carried out in the autumn. It is at this time of year that any hedges which need to be laid in the traditional way are tackled. At first laid hedges look bare, but they soon green up the next spring.This is a good time of year to carry out any ditching work, check on fences and plan the year ahead for the next cycle of pasture management.Each stage in the process does not take long, but it is worth planning well to keep an attractive green sward of grass.

Tree Farming

July 8, 2021 | agriculture, nature | No Comments


What is a tree farm, ever heard of such a thing? Well you can stop thinking Christmas scenes, and snow-men because I am not talking about Christmas trees. Although a tree farm may indeed have Christmas trees, in fact it can have any type of forestry - including all those evergreens that are used around Christmas-time. The main principal behind a tree farm is the protection of the woodland from weather, disasters, and negative forest management and practices. These farms are owned privately by any individual who wants to be committed and to being environmentally responsible. Guidelines for managing this type of farm are provided by the American Forestry Foundation, and the program itself was developed in the 1940's and has been running since. Some of the requirements are that a certified tree farm must be of a certain size, i.e. between 10 and 10,000 acres. This size refers to the amount of land that is actually given over to forest. The owner has to agree a plan for the management of the forest land which has to be currently utilized for forest products which may include timber. As well as that the owner must guard the forest against threats such as fires, diseases, and insects. There are other requirements but those are the main ones. Best practice and conservation methods can be obtained through the American Forestry Foundation and they can also give good information with regard to harvesting, protecting, and maintaining your forest land. A magazine, which comes as a benefit of being a tree farmer, also provides valuable up to date information on managing your farm. There are lots of benefits to becoming a certified tree farmer; some of these are: A special certificate A sign designating your land as a certified tree farm A subscription to the tree farmer magazine. Tree farmers are sometimes recognized for their help in protecting the environment and some can even gain increased profits on their forest products. In addition to these rewards which are provided by the American Forestry Foundation, there are natural benefits as well. Maintaining your woodlands under the guidelines of the American Forestry Foundation can help with watershed, the quality of the water on your land, and help provide a safe environment for the creatures that live on your land. Protecting your forest can also provide a number of recreational benefits as well. However the main benefit to be had is just the fact that you will feel great about what you are doing. The process of becoming a certified tree farmer involves having your woodlands inspected, this inspection does not involve any fee payment. In fact, the volunteer inspector can help and advise you on your management plan and answer any questions you may have about the process. If you are interested in becoming a certified tree farmer then you should first of all contact your local forestry service or the American Forestry Foundation. It should be remembered that tree farms are not beneficial just to the owner of the tree farm, in fact, this program is beneficial to all Americans. Looking after nature should be a common goal and we all need to play our part where we can. The American Forestry Foundation is giving individuals who have the right type of land the power to do their part through their program. You can support the foundation or learn more information about the foundation online.