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Keith Odell

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1. Yes. Native worms and the other decomposers will help break down the mulch.
2a. Not inferior, just have different jobs.  earth worms tend to be more solitary, composting worms create/thrive in community.  both are good, composting worms are better @ composting.  red wigglers will breed to fill their space and food supply.
2b. Blue worms (Perionyx Excavatus) are native to Asia and African night crawlers (Eudrilus Eugeniae) will handle the temperature better than red wigglers.
3. Possibly.

I have only used red wigglers and they are very good at what they do.  I would guess that all three worms would be available locally but the blue worm - being native - would be the best choice.
2 days ago
Anybody know at what soil temperature that the Black Soldier Flies emerge?
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Very well could be, I appreciate Redhawk's contributions very much.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/burtonandy/3719126970

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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
2 years 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