Most of the mulch is old hay mixed with goat manure. I've only recently started using fresh cuttings, but have had the midges for a while. The garden is a big hugel bed in it's first year, if that makes any difference.
Does anyone have experience with different kinds of mulch and midges? Would coarse wood chips create a less friendly environment?
Karen Walk wrote: All I seem to have to do to get frogs is dig a hole and wait for rain.
There's your solution -- you need a permanent hole that stays waterlogged. I'd hesitate recommending something ceramic, because the expansion of ice in the winter will break it, but maybe something plastic that has some give....
The question was:
What's the best way to remove all the little midges that crawl around in the gills of shiitake?
and the answer:
Those 'midges' are thrips - I just tap the cap a few times and out they hop (95% anyway). A very gentle puff or two will chase off the more stubborn ones. They are rather heavy this season in my laying yard - and I am seeing quite a few 'pleasing beetles' as well - who do more damage.