Keith Odell

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Anybody know at what soil temperature that the Black Soldier Flies emerge?
3 weeks ago
Purple martins are good pest controllers.  I haven't had a martin house since I was a kid so don't know how easy it is to establish a colony.
1 month ago
We have had good luck using cover crops to out-compete thistle.  I think it was buckwheat and annual rye.
Thistle is a bully that doesn't like something that fights back.
1 month ago
R. Steele's comment sounds good.  I still have to figure it out if it is easier than what I do.
I spray a lot and I do two separate pours through window screen and then another pour through a kitchen strainer into the sprayer.
It sounds like a pain but not near as bad to have a full, pressurized sprayer in the back forty with a plugged intake - grrrrr!!!
After three times I realized that it wasn't a waste of time straining the particles out.
Good luck.
10 months ago
I use a lot of grounds - thousands of pounds per year.  We use the filters (browns) as well and they break down well with the coffee grounds (green).
I also just fling them in the yard like a monkey flinging poo.  I used to do this at night but the neighbors are used to me now
Warning - if you live in the southeast, you are almost guaranteed to get black soldier fly larvae (big maggots).
I don't have a problem with them but a lot of folks don't do well with the 'ick' factor.
11 months ago
Very well could be, I appreciate Redhawk's contributions very much.

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These appear to be the same.  Termites look to have a waist.  I don't see a waist on Adam's picture.

I would hate for Adam to go to extreme measures wiping out springtails that he mistook for termites.
11 months ago
They look like springtails to me.  Hard to be sure.  Any closer shots?
If they are springtails, then it is a common critter in your worm farm.
If it's a termite, then you've got other issues - sorry.
11 months ago
I think all composting worms are non-native.  I also believe they have been naturalized  
Adding coffee grounds to your newspaper, parrot droppings and fruit/veggie waste would be a very good base for worms.
I am pro red worm and think they would do very well.

Keith
1 year ago
I had to look up "helminthologist" to make sure I wasn't one -- I'm not.
Sounds like a good plan to me.  
Based only on my reading, I might add comfrey and/or mushrooms to the mix.
2 years ago
I think it sounds good.  Coffee is good, free and will add organic material.
The compost tea will work as long as you have organic material for it to break down so you should be good there.
It doesn't burn so you can apply it as often as you like.  Every few weeks sounds good.
I haven't used Ringer fert. but I've heard good things.

I would definitely add worms somewhere in the mix.
How about winecap mushrooms to the stump and a handful of worms to a raised bed?
2 years ago