Keith Odell

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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.
2 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.
3 months 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.
3 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.
3 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.
1 year 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?
1 year ago
Shaz -- sorry busy season - Yay!

I normally keep my under roof.  If not definitely covered otherwise you'll have worm soup and not the good kind.  They will need air as well so not just a tight lid.

Hopefully, it works well for you.
1 year ago
Sorry, I wasn't clear.  Don't take all the worms out just the ones in the leaves.  Some of my best compost has come from buckets that have been left alone to do their thing.
If you have the space for an extra bucket then I would let those worms work on the leaves while their buddies work in your bin.

Yes they would need to be separated but that is fairly easy to do either with light, screen or treats (cantaloupe works well for me).
My worms love it wet so I would have to give them a good reason to leave a wet, stinky pile.
Like all composting, particle size matters.  The smaller the particle, the quicker the breakdown. 

You have to decide how quick you want results and how much of their work are you going to do.

Also, I add a LOT of banana and potato peels and citrus after it rots for a few days.
1 year ago
I don't follow rules well so I try not to impose them on others
Fling daily, save for an application and/or bring them home from a coffee shop -- all good answers.
What I just read also suggested making a coffee solution out of the used grounds and applying that as well.
I not an expert on NPK but also just read cheap options - fruit/veggie compost, manure, ashes, kelp meal and rock dust.
I would do what was cheapest/easiest.

You could make tea out of the manure compost.  Depending on its break down - fresh out of the horse,  six months old  or 3-yr old black gold - will depend on if you treat it like old timey manure tea or highfalutin compost tea.

I think you mentioned you had high clay soil.  That is good.  Additions of organic material and decomposers thru tea/manure/compost will start to transform this into better soil.
My thoughts are that you do these things and then if you like your lawn - go with it.  You really don't care about the numbers unless something isn't growing right.

Worm Banner -- worm composting is the best and easiest way to take waste and put it to good use.  I turn my coffee grounds, banana peels and paper towels into steak.  I buy the steak with the money I save by not buying fertilizers, potting soils or yard amendments.  I like steak.
1 year ago