Dylan Kirsch

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Funny river, Alaska
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Thanks chris, that sounds like a really good idea.
9 months ago
I know this has been dead almost a year but up here in alaska it's the beginning of the growing season again and after thinking about it a lot I'm going to just do worm bins with red wigglers like some of you suggested. But chris, you really got me thinking with the whole feeding the fungi thing that you mentioned. What do you think are some good ways I could feed and encourage fungal growth? Also I thought I'd mention that I have some Siberian stone pines coming up soon and I'm definitely going to want to  incocculate their soil with the right mycorrhizal fugi, apparently it makes a huge difference weather you do that or not with those trees.
9 months ago
Wow thanks guys. Lots of thought provoking things you all have said.

Chris, the species I'm interested in populating my land with are the following

- Denrobaena octaedra
  This worm could definitely be considered a "composting worm" but it is probably the most isvasive out of the species I'm interested in.

- Aporrectodea calignosa
  This worm would be beneficial in aerating the soil and helping to speed up the conversion of wood chips into soil. It is native to the British isles but is also commonly found in Siberia indicating it's cold hardiness.

- Octolasion tyrtaeum
  This worm has basically the same benefits as Aporrectodea calignosa and is also found in Siberia. But this worm has been noted and stuied in relashonship to an agricultural setting.

There are many other species I've investigated, of those which I haven't listed many of them are difficult to find information about but the common denominator of all these worms is that they can be found in Siberia.

I know many people may disagree with my stance on invasive worms, and that is ok, but I will try to describe how I believe their introduction would affect the region that I live.

The main concern of environmentalists is that the worms will eat through and process the thick layer of sponge like moss and leaf litter which is common in some areas, leaving the roots of those trees exposed to dry out and the fear is that the trees will not be able to adjust their root systems fast enough to compensate for this and will die on a mass scale.

Personally I do not believe that will happen on such a mass scale as some environmentalists suggest. At least not in South Central Alaska. I do believe that the worms would increase biodiversity in my region based on numerous observations I've made.

And Chris, you hit the nail on the head, basically I want multiple species of worms each playing their own role in the soil. Another major goal being that they are incorporated into the existing ecosystem and are able to survive without any outside assistance.

My property is part of a an ecosystem that consists of somewhat of a monoculture of black spruce ( roughly 90% or more ) which get consumed by wildfires on a 50 year or so natural cycle. One of the things I've done so far is encouraging other species of plants and trees to grow on the property. I've done this by simply thinning the black spruce especially the diseased and dead ones, and allowing sunlight to get to other species that we're struggling and then adding other native species from my area. Long story short I believe the worms will play a beneficial role in the soil quality and thus the amount of growth on my property
1 year ago
I have been putting a lot of effort into finding cold hardy species of worms to introduce into my land and also use for worm composting. And while I have definitely discovered many suitable spieces from my research, I have yet to figure out a way to locate and buy them. Another problem is that some of these species are considered invasive, and if I ever did find out a way to bring them to my land I may get in trouble for it. Any thoughts?
1 year ago
Hey Paul, I know this is probably not your preferred way to get ahold of you but it's the best way I could think of off the top of my head.

Anyway, I just noticed you don't have a vermiculture fourm on permies, is that something you would be willing to add to the forums?
Mike, that would be really interesting to see between broccoli kale kolrabi and cabbage ( if I can get the cabbage to seed one of these summers) what happens when they all cross pollinate for a few years. The number one priority is that the end result thrives here and is even a little invasive, but I wonder how much I would like it as a food. Now I'm really curious good point Mike.
2 years ago
Thanks alot everyone, you guys definitely gave me a lot of useful information.
Thanks for the links Nicole turned out to find I guy I know on that thread. Didn't know he was on permies.

Craig, raspberry does great here in fact most of the food I have tried growing or know could grow here are berries. Potatoes do great kale broccoli radishes cabbage all do good. Carrots do good too. Is that link a list of seeds you sell or seed to consider finding?
I've never personally seen anyone grow sunchokes or sea buckthorn up here, but I'm confident I can grow those here. I definitely will take your advice and do more talking to people in my area though. Just to see what has been done.
Zone 3 tolerant would be best, but I can work with zone 4 and possibly zone 5 depending on what it is. I am looking for any and all seeds for sale and also looking for recommendations for anything that produces good food or anything useful on the self sufficient homestead. All ideas are appreciated greatly.