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    Milky Mushrooms

    I thought I would drop a note about our new enterprise in Mushrooms. These come from India and as you would expect are perfect for soups and curries.
    They can grow to giant sizes of a kilogram each. We have had them at 300grams.

    Like this one the wife is holding. Edible stems and all, listed as gourmet and medicinal.
    http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...68828096_n.jpg

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    Are you growing these?

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    Sure am. The photo shows our first bed in first flush. We have six beds filled with another six to go to finish stage 1.

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    And that gentlemen is a good example of thinking outside the square.
    Have an idea, research it, find if it's viable and do you have a market.
    Know Tony, he is a hands on farmer here and a profit making one at that.
    Just goes to show you can do it if you work hard and have the right ideas.
    Will no doubt be buying his tinned mushrooms in Tesco's one day. Jim

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    are you buying the bags with spore all ready and cost per bag

    are they sale-able ?

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    ^ that would be saying too much

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    Thanks for sharing IA
    i google it straight away and it took me else where where i understood how you got it from,
    very nice, when have time will ask more, now i must leave the net, and go clean the shit off the pens,

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    Quote Originally Posted by afghanpicker View Post
    are you buying the bags with spore all ready and cost per bag

    are they sale-able ?
    Don't think you will find them for sale in Thailand, believe Tony imported the spores.
    Many people grow mushrooms, but Tony will be the only one with these. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by afghanpicker View Post
    are you buying the bags with spore all ready and cost per bag

    are they sale-able ?
    We make up the grow bags on farm. Cost, or rather how much would I sell them for? Who knows? There is lot of time and work in these bags by the time it is cased and fruiting. I think of it in terms of yield, each bag gives up over 2 kg of mushrooms. I believe they have to be worth at least 25-30% of the mushrooms value.
    But here we are in Thailand and who is going to pay 100 baht for a plastic bag full of farm wastes and fungus infected seeds? Actually it is quite amusing when the locals ask this question and get told 100 baht. You would think I had cut their throats. They always say "But the bags in town are only 10 baht!" The only thing the same is they are all mushroom grow bags and therefore big or small, they should all be worth 10 baht.

    Jim, no I didnt import the culture here, but I have been buying spawn seed from the guy that did bring them here. I will be making up my own seed bags soon.

    I would be happy to sell the grow bags or seed spawn and show anyone how we do things. But my generosity doesn't run to giving them away.
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    There is a retired ex Thai army guy that has a mushroom farm North of BKK. He will show you how to grow different varieties of mushrooms such as this one for free. He also supplies the spores and everything else you need to set up and start.You just pay for the aircon bungalow on the farm at 700 Baht a night. i'm planning on going up next month to stay for a week or so. not to grow on a commercial basis just a bit of a hobby.
    Treat everyone as a complete and utter idiot and you can only ever be pleasantly surprised !

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    That's the man. Col Packdee Tongon. His farm is in Saraburi. He is very approachable and thoroughly professional.

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    Now, this comes from the Philippines where they grow them a "little" larger. This bunch of three weighed in at over 4kgs!
    http://www.shroomery.org/forums/thum...b_DSC01394.jpg

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    How do they taste?
    Fried or soup?

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    Nice one IA and all the best with your new venture !

    Also big thanks to the Big F for the tips ,, thats something I will deffo be interested in later on , what a fabulous idea ,, allthough like your good self it will be hobby time for me


    BTW it would be good if you could post a link for his place
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    jim is correct a good example of thinking outside the box, Hope you do well out of it here in Laos the company i work for have a community relations department who are always looking for small business ideas to get the locals on to, Mushroom farming has been a success so far, sorry no idea what variety they grow but they arent those large ones you grow, top effort thanks for the post

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    Hello friends there.
    Thank you IsaanAussie for introducing me a useful forum for farming & gardening in my country.

    I grow mushrooms for pleasure not for commercial.
    So feel free to come and stay on my farm stay and get free training for mushroom growing.
    I have equipments neccessary for doing every steps of mushroom growing.
    I willing to share these equipments to my friends who is interested in growing the mushrooms and do not know how to start it.
    Your expenses are only room, meals and expendable material with reasonable price, so you can bring back mushroom beds as many as you need.

    My place in in Saraburi. (Lat 15 2'4.32"N, Lon 10124'44.19"E)

    Col. Packdee Tongon

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    way to go IA....you sell to local markets? Do locals buy at what I assume must be a premium price?
    Wife just got back from Phuket, an ex massage friend is growing the standard button types ..wife went to help pick..seems they use some palm oil husks etc? as growing medium.... she gets by the truck load, says it is more expensive in Phuket because it comes from Krabi.
    Sounds an attractive business..grosses approx 3k a day selling to a local market vendor..same sort of labour hours as rubber..ie getting up at 3am to pick before they open ( less cash if they are open?).
    Maybe will think about setting up...unlike rubber, not so dependent on the weather/middlemen and others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Packdee
    Hello friends there.
    Thank you IsaanAussie for introducing me a useful forum for farming & gardening in my country.

    I grow mushrooms for pleasure not for commercial.
    So feel free to come and stay on my farm stay and get free training for mushroom growing.
    I have equipments neccessary for doing every steps of mushroom growing.
    I willing to share these equipments to my friends who is interested in growing the mushrooms and do not know how to start it.
    Your expenses are only room, meals and expendable material with reasonable price, so you can bring back mushroom beds as many as you need.

    My place in in Saraburi. (Lat 15 2'4.32"N, Lon 10124'44.19"E)

    Col. Packdee Tongon
    Welcome to the forum,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Packdee View Post
    Hello friends there.
    Thank you IsaanAussie for introducing me a useful forum for farming & gardening in my country.

    I grow mushrooms for pleasure not for commercial.
    So feel free to come and stay on my farm stay and get free training for mushroom growing.
    I have equipments neccessary for doing every steps of mushroom growing.
    I willing to share these equipments to my friends who is interested in growing the mushrooms and do not know how to start it.
    Your expenses are only room, meals and expendable material with reasonable price, so you can bring back mushroom beds as many as you need.

    My place in in Saraburi. (Lat 15 2'4.32"N, Lon 10124'44.19"E)

    Col. Packdee Tongon

    This would make a great picture thread if anyone is willing to try.

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    ^ If no one gets there before me in October then I will give it a go

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    Preparing PDA (Potato Dextrose Agar) media.





    My PDA for mushroom tissue cutiivation is not PDA.
    It is CWA (Coconut Water Agar)





    The fruit for getting water should not be too young or too old.

    Recipe: coconut water 1.5 liters + agar powder 25 grams.
    Boil coconut water, mix well agar power with cold water in separate bowl and pour into boiling CW, keep stirring.
    Use a syring to fill the bottles 30 CC each.



    Normally PH of coconut water is 5.5, which is suitable for mushrooms tissue cultivation.
    Last edited by Packdee; 20-06-2013 at 01:36 PM.

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    Great stuff Packdee and BTW well done for getting the hang of posting the pics here

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    I will second that, the photos are very well done. Content informative. Packdee, when are your writing a book?

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    Great thread, I have no desire to grow them but love eating them.
    Good luck to those growers.

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    I would love to know what the bags have in them. what kind of grain for growing the spore and how do you guys sterilize the bags/growing medium before adding the spore. or is that not how they do it here?

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