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#1639898 Black Soldier Fly Composting

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 28 June 2019 - 10:16 AM

I've been reading about black soldier fly composting since it was mentioned recently in another thread.  Very interesting, but one thing I don't understand: how do you separate the usable compost from the ongoing process?  I've got a bin made for BSF, things are going well, I'm dropping in food scraps and other compostables daily, the larvae are doing their thing.. then what?  Seems some folks use the drained liquid produced, others are wary of it.  How do you get just the compost away from the horrible churning mass in the bin? 

#1639880 How Do You Grind Your Peppers?

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 28 June 2019 - 08:47 AM

Employed a mortar and pestle a few days ago.  It was laborious, but effective.  I think I'd like to get a coffee grinder.

#1639879 to the sustainable growers....who fertilizes with their urine?

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 28 June 2019 - 08:37 AM

I think the trick is, store undiluted urine in an opaque bottle so she has no idea what it is, write PP on it so you don't forget what you have in there.  When you're ready to fertilize, mix it up when she isn't looking.   :rolleyes:


Playing with fire, there, buddy.    :shocked:   MRS would get creative if she caught me at this.. and being there's urine involved..   :halo:


Doelman, maybe grow a peepee plant next year as an experiment?





#1639877 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 28 June 2019 - 08:09 AM

Thanks, guys.  First plant I ever killed.    :(


On another note, got me some 10-gallon fabric pots and a couple bags of pine bark mulch.


Also, a snap-on net pot bucket lid is on the way for the DouglahT clone.  I'm excited about the zip tied PVC supports; the cages are a pain in the ass on the buckets.  They're working very well on the garbage cans, though I had to extend the Lemon Drop's upward by six inches.  I've been shimmying the Lemon Drop southward every now and then to stop the FO growing into his cage.

#1639785 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 27 June 2019 - 05:02 PM

It is with a heavy heart and much regret that I must report the death of Siv's plant. The high heat was just too much for one who'd come to such prodigious size by a pampered background. His end will bring a music unsought but needed still.

#1639740 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 27 June 2019 - 12:25 PM

I'd trade some of our cool rainy weather for some sun, bro!


I'll split it with ya, Dub.

#1639729 ID this little guy

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 27 June 2019 - 12:12 PM

Micrutalis calva

#1639712 Siv's 2019 first time glog

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 27 June 2019 - 11:28 AM


I have splinted badly broken branches with bamboo

meat skewers and some pretty bad breaks have healed.


That's exactly what I used.  I took them off when they started to go moldy.

#1639692 Siv's 2019 first time glog

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 27 June 2019 - 10:15 AM


And now some advice needed please. The plants are big and we had some wind which pushed the branches around a bit. I'm struggling to support them adequately and some branches folded over. This is one of the worst on a White Ghost:


The branch seems alive and the leaves are still green and healthy. Should I just leave it or cut it off?


I had this happen to my Reaper plant.  I splinted the branch.  It worked well - nice and woody and self-supporting after a few weeks.

#1639033 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 23 June 2019 - 10:41 AM

Took these off the garbage can Freeport Orange this morning. 



Papa Dreadies



Fairamay and Frankie




Potted up a little Purple UFO today.  Thinking about potting up my Reaper and DouglahT plants from their 5-gallon fabric pots.  Need a new potting mix recipe. 

#1638790 Bigcedar 2019

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 21 June 2019 - 08:59 PM

First time in almost a couple months that all my pepper plants were hanging out together in the same vicinity, nice to see everyone reunited! CCN's in proper rows and the late start gallons and super late 3s... next to my chair. Unc... This ones for you  ;)




Excellent chair shot!     :cheers:


Whoops!  I'm interrupting.   :oops:   

#1638752 Bike808 getting Dirty in Jersey

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 21 June 2019 - 06:40 PM

Good to be able to catch up on your progress bikeman.  I notice you brought in a chair beside your community garden plots - are you paying your uncle e his royalties on that?


LOL  All the chairs next to the peppers are really cool. 



The neighbors have been very supportive, with just a hint of humor about it.


A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. 

#1638747 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 21 June 2019 - 06:09 PM

Got any close ups?






#1638744 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 21 June 2019 - 05:52 PM

Thanks, BigCedar!  I'm only doing what I've read on THP.  There are so many folks here growing great plants so many different ways, I was able to pick out those methods and techniques I thought would be best for me.


Siv's plant is having a tough time of it, for sure.  Tomorrow won't be quite as hot; hope that helps.  Pulling for him. 


I've been waiting for this first cohort of  DouglahT pods to ripen fully before I take them down, so haven't tried one yet.  I'll be sure to report on it from inside my milk jug. 


Those guys are aptly named assassin bugs.  They look back at you like mantises or jumping spiders and only grudgingly move off if you nudge them.  And slowly.  Assassin bugs run before no creature.  

#1638719 Next to My Chair

Posted by Uncle_Eccoli on 21 June 2019 - 04:13 PM

Im about to setup two Kratky 5-gallon bucket setups and am wondering how you attached your cage to them. Any pointers?


Depends on the lid you're using. Cutting a hole in the bucket lid like I did? Depends on the shape of the lid. The Leaktite buckets I'm using have these little ribs around the rim of the lid. I drilled holes and zip tied the cages. That way the whole thing - cage, lid, and all - comes off with the plant. Hang on, I'll get a picture.

I got these buckets at Home Depot. 



If you're using the 5-gallon bucket lid/net pot combos, I'd zip tie PVC pipe to the net pot à la Mr. Stanley instead of using the wire fence. With only two buckets this is almost certainly the less expensive route unless you've already got wire fencing on hand. Be sure to get the type that snaps onto the bucket - some of those combo jobs just sit on top and are susceptible to being blown over in the wind.