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Black Soldier Fly Composting

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? 

How Do You Grind Your Peppers?

20 June 2019 - 11:54 AM

Ripe pods are coming off the plants in earnest now.  My dehydrator will be delivered today.  Now I need something to grind them into powder.  What should I get?  What do you use and how?  Looking for an inexpensive solution.  Thanks!

Dehydrator Shopping - How Much Do High Temps Affect Color?

18 June 2019 - 12:49 PM

It's beginning to look certain that I'll have quite a lot of peppers on my hands before the end of the year.  What I've harvested so far has either been used right away or left on my kitchen windowsill to dry.  I've been looking at dehydrators.  I was all but settled on El Cheapo here - resolving to air dry any pods whose seeds I'd want to keep - until I read that high temperature dehydrating damages the color of the dried pods.  Just how bad is this effect?  I'd like my powders to be pretty..  This looks like the temperature control version..


Also, has anybody got recommendations on inexpensive grinders, please?  I presume I'd want to dedicate this appliance to chili grinding..  MRS is in the market for a nice conical burr grinder for our coffee.  "Couldn't you just use that?" she asks.

Looking for More Opinions on This - Dark Speckles/Spots

09 June 2019 - 05:08 PM







Can barely see it from above.





DouglahT X Plant Uniformly Yellow

08 June 2019 - 02:20 PM

Thoughts as to what's going on with this guy?  I've got a few other plants with the same set up, but he's the only one who's yellow. 
He's been in 3:1:1 organic potting mix:composted manure:perlite in a 5-gallon fabric pot for about a month. 
He's growing, setting pods, and seems to be fine apart from the poor coloration. 
Thanks for looking!