Keith Odell

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Recent posts by Keith Odell

I am a midwestern American, grew up rural, now suburban.  
Thru travel and cable I have become a huge English football fan.

I've only seen season one but I'm a huge fan.

obviously trying to get my post count up the easy way.
1 month ago
I am a midwestern American, grew up rural, now suburban.  
Thru travel and cable I have become a huge English football fan.

I've only seen season one but I'm a huge fan.
1 month ago
From the movie Forrest Gump.  His friend Bubba talked for a minute or so about how use shrimp.

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."

That's all I got to say about that.
1 month ago
Julie, I'm copying a post from a year ago.  I'm in the Indy area.

My opinion - If you don't create a thick layer that can cause a crust and your yard/garden is 1/4 acre or larger and you have plants, grass and trees already growing - you should be fine.

I threw 50 lbs of ucg's on an urban lot the other day and couldn't even tell.  I could have used another 200 lbs to even start to make a difference.

Most of my research states that coffee is acidic and coffee grounds are neutral and Red Worms do quite well with coffee grounds.  

Currently I use ucg frequently and then make "instant" coffee to rinse the buckets out and fling that as well.

My neighbors enjoy watching me.

I have an outdoor, year-round worm bin that is 60-75% used coffee grounds.

I think you're good.

3 months ago
Anybody use the quench water for anything - base for compost tea, water plants, water compost, etc.?
7 months ago
I'm not going to be able to top Robert's clock setting.

My neighbors caught me flinging coffee grounds on my lawn like a monkey flinging poo.
After that, pretty much anything I do causes them to smile and give a small head shake.
8 months ago

Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job.
Keep up the good work, follow your "can's and cant's" and pat yourself on the back occasionally.
8 months ago
Response to your title - Neither.  Your setup isn't ideal yet, so you are not getting ideal results - yet.
I use 10x to 20X browns to greens.  The browns are what give the things the worms eat, energy.  
And my opinion is that if you are getting liquid out of the bottom, you are over feeding and under bedding.
Lots of shredded cardboard or newspaper will sop up the liquid and set the table for your worms to feast.
It will also contain the smell and fruit flies.

As far as what good compost looks like.  
I can take your sludge. Set it in a cardboard box for a day to reduce moisture.
Then run it through a sifter and you wouldn't believe it was the same stuff.

The great thing about worm composting is that you don't have to tweak it much to get drastically better results.
You haven't killed them, so adding some browns will dry things out a little and will increase their productivity a lot.
Good luck.
9 months ago

Looks like you've got your work cut out for you but I'm guessing that it brings you joy.
I'm fairly new to the biochar party but several of the things you mention scream biochar as an answer.
I am going to be using it to raise ph, break up clay and water and nutrient retention.
I understand not wanting to add another thing to the ten things you're already doing.
But if you decide to you'll be able to get rid of the wild rose and broomsedge - with FIRE! and get something useful out of it.

Good luck either way.  I'll be following your progress.
10 months ago
Hey Amy,

My thoughts only.  I would continue to fill (yes to coffee grounds and filters) and turn your tumbler until you get it 1/2 to 2/3rds full.  
Then wet it well, stop adding to it and turn it every few days until you get compost that is finished to your liking.

Hopefully, you have another spot to put your composting materials while you are waiting on your tumbler contents to finish.

Then empty the tumbler and start fresh or add your pile to the tumbler and repeat.

Good luck,

10 months ago