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garlic and lettuce


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these are grown in a pot in soil prepared with worm castings


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This is the larvae castings from end summer.
today i introduced composting worms into the castings...
i believe worms are part of the final process before harvesting the castings
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That appears to be a good quantity of soil Francois.

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took these out yesterday


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That appears to be a good quantity of soil Francois.

Hi Jerry
if what you are referring to is this...actually not soil...last summers larvae castings i have added worms to now


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Thanks francois. Can you guess what the weight is?

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Thanks francois. Can you guess what the weight is?

Hi Jerry
I will possibly be able to fill a 200liter drum or more.
now that you mention the weight I say thanks...
got my brain ticking
if I weigh the dry weight of the bsfl casting and then using that figure I will more or less be able to calculate my food weight input and pupae harvested...exercise for myself
I will definitely do this exercise..later


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Hi all
I have been spotting soldier fly all over....start of the season


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last year's pupae that never crawled of and stayed in the castings


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i have been adding worms to break the castings down to worm castings


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Thanks francois.

Were there worms in the BSF castings over the winter, or did you only add them recently?

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Hi francois, - Your worms look capable of breeding & compost worms lay "eggs" ideally at 81% humidity. In case you're willing to try breeding them right in there as well.


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Jerry wrote:
Thanks francois.

Were there worms in the BSF castings over the winter, or did you only add them recently?


Hi Jerry
Yes i only started adding worms over the last month or so.i think this was the fourth time i added some worms so far and i will add more over time ...
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Hi francois, - Your worms look capable of breeding & compost worms lay "eggs" ideally at 81% humidity. In case you're willing to try breeding them right in there as well.


Hi gringojay
worms is another of my interest...i have been worm farming on a small scale
for a while now.worms and aquaponics is what got me interested in bsf
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francois do your worms and BSFL coexist in the same bins without any problems? We hear a few complaints from vermicomposters (link) who believe the BSFL are causing their worms distress.

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francois do your worms and BSFL coexist in the same bins without any problems? We hear a few complaints from vermicomposters (link) who believe the BSFL are causing their worms distress.


Hi BorealWormer
I found the larvae in my worm bins will let the worms move on or they get eaten...the worms disappear...
I have started adding the worm now while there is only pupae in the castings
so far the pupae and worm's don't seem to mind the other...
I will keep on adding worms to speed up the process...worm casting the final product
I want to use in my aquaponic system....I think this will be good quality vermicastings...the larvae were fed well. I want to when I get time harvest the pupae, separate from castings and pupae.


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Thank you francois

francois wrote:
... I found the larvae in my worm bins will let the worms move on or they get eaten...the worms disappear...
If you ever happen to observe BSFL eating live worms I hope you'll post the pics/vid.

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