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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Bark pod for growing a Pearl Oyster mushroom mini farm

I used a mini farm kit from Back To The Roots to grow my Pearl Oyster mushrooms.

Quite simply and conveniently you:

Remove the cardboard front

Remove the cardboard front

Cut a cross in the plastic scraping the surface of the mycelium as you go

Cut a cross in the plastic, scraping the surface of the mycelium ( or white stuff) as you go

Remove the block from the cardboard and soak it in water

Remove the block from the cardboard and soak it in water

In just two weeks the small pinheads appear

In just two weeks the small pinheads appear. Keep the mushrooms hydrated

The Pearl Oyster Mushrooms double in size every day.

The Pearl Oyster Mushrooms double in size every day.

For the pod:

Soak bark in warm water

Soak bark in warm water

Start to shape the frame of the pod with sturdy wire.

Start to shape the frame of the pod with sturdy wire.

I shaped six wires to frame the pod

I shaped six wires to frame the pod

Bundle up the wires

Bundle up the wires

Twist the bottom ends together

Twist the bottom ends together

Twist the top ends together

Twist the top ends together

Curve the top wire to gibve it a hook

Curve the top wire to give it a hook

Shape the middle part of the wire so that the kit box fit snugly

Shape the middle part of the wire so that the kit box fit snugly

Thin wood glue with warm water

Thin wood glue with warm water

Soak some ripped up brown paper in the glue

Soak some ripped up brown paper in the glue

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Cover the frame with glue soaked paper

Cover the frame with glue soaked paper...

Following the wire shape

... following the wire shape...

And smoothing the paste down as you go along

... aqnd smoothing the paste down as you go along

Add a second layer to cover the wire inside the frame

Add a second layer to cover the wire inside the frame

Hang the paper pod shape to dry

Hang the paper pod shape to dry

Smooth down the paper to make sure it dries flat.

Smooth down the paper to make sure it dries flat.

Fit the kit into the pod

Fit the kit into the pod

Cover the box and the paper with ripped pieces of bark

Cover the box and the paper with ripped pieces of bark

Carefully placing the bark close to the mushrooms

Carefully placing the bark close to the mushrooms

Adding smaller pieces to the sides

Adding smaller pieces to just below the mushrooms

And larger stripe to wrap all the way around.

And larger stripe to wrap all the way around.

To cover the back of the pod

To cover the back of the pod

Wrap the hook part of the pod with thinner strips

Wrap the hook part of the pod with thinner strips

Do not cover the growth medium

Do not cover the growth medium. The mushrooms need to remain hydrated. Glue in bits of moss that will soak up the water and cover the packaging of the kit so that the design looks natural

 Spray the mushrooms daily with water to keep it hydrated.

Spray the mushrooms daily with water to keep it hydrated.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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