Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The BFL, or 'Reptiworms' arrived in good odor. There was a smell of ammonia, but I would expect that if they are busy eaters. They were very active so I dumped them in the bucket and will wait to see what they make of the 'escape' ramp. I should probably place the entire setup under a net to prevent birds from feasting on the mature larvae in the catch tray. The tray can easily be detached and put in my chicken coop. I plan to scatter some of the mature larvae in places where they can continue the process by turning into Black Soldier Flies and mating.
The worms arrived in the same post. They were wiggling nicely and had an earthy smell. I put most of them into the prepared tray of my Vermihut and scattered the remaining worms in the damper areas of my grow bins. I only put them in one bin each of the two sets of three bins. I expect they will migrate from bin to bin since the holes in the shower drains I used as connectors are easily large enough to let the 'red wrigglers' pass.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I noodle around with saws and hammers, drills and screwdrivers, but although I've been proud of some of my constructions, usually it is because of a high degree of function rather than elegance of execution.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
I should install and garden lounge chair in the greenhouse. With the evaporative cooler working and the water works from the aquaponics setup adding the sound of gushing water, it's delightful
Sunday, June 12, 2011
On the same day that we discovered the problem with the fish tank which has been rectified in the intervening week, we ran water into the joined bins that make up two grow tanks. Three 27 gallon bins were joined with ABS pipe as a consolidated grow tank, draining with one bell syphon. We made two sets and each performed very well. Now that the fish tank is stable we are going ahead with adding expanded shale to the grow bins. I have some seedlings growing in vermiculite in preparation for transplantation into the grow tanks.