In 10 days, the Christmas season will be past, and the question of what
to do with the Christmas tree faces millions of homes.
Taking these trees to landfills is not a good option.
However, bioremediation of them is. And rather simple.
If you have access to a chipper/shredder, simply run the material
through. Add a slurry of 1 cup water mixed with one dried morel, further
diluted in 1 gallon of water. Spray this mixture of spores and water
(slurry) on the chips. Within 2-6 months you will have rid yourself of
most of the debris, while also creating a potential source of morels.
In my experience, Douglas fir X-mas trees work best as morel growing
medium. But that doesn't preclude other species. And morel mycelium grows
very rapidly, being able to cross a 3.5" Petri dish in a day or two.
BTW, morel mycelium also grows well on cardboard and some papers...
Daniel B Wheeler
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