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Old 01-25-2019, 01:35 PM #41
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yup too expensive. Its 25 kg
The upside is the extreme quality. I'm starting my own
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That's the good thing about high quality worm castings:
They usually come with worms or you can just ask the guy to throw a couple extra in there and then you have everything to start your own worm bin.


Over here it kinda sucks with the cold during winter, they just don't multiply a lot when it's so cold out.


I bet over where you are you throw some goodies in there (malted barley watered in with some molasses really made them explode in my soil tub!) and they reproduce like crazy.
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I'm getting 3 kg of worms to start my worm bins. I have not used the malt but they do like feed soaked with molasses
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I know you know a lot about microbes and worms, but I wanted to share an informational thread about my worm bins for those who don't.

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Old 02-11-2019, 01:27 AM #46
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I like to soak peat moss in the bag prior to mixing it. I just blast the hose right in there. It helps a lot with the hydrophobic issue.



My plants in various states of recovery since getting vermicompost, compost and molasses. Most were close to death The little tree beside the composting set up came totally back to life and flowered.





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You can cut the peat with horse manure. I'll go as much as 10/20% depending on what I'm growing.

I've done garden pots with even higher percentages, added worms and planted annuals. Ended up with castings.
Any locally sourced materials?
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Sure looks to be a nice place to settle down, make new friends and enjoy life Microbeman
Love the color of the house, same color as the one I lived in texas. Ristras hanging made the color pop
They were much older but a washer and dryer on the porch sans bitchin tiles, poor people had only cement. .

You are living in style brother!

So hows the garden doing these days?

Curious as to what local materials you have found to be useful that are new to you.

Dried sage brush for example. Have you considered using something similar for a carbon source? peat replacements?

Any new and interesting facets of living hot and dry? I can only imagine joint pain would be less in warmer (hotter) weather.
( at least I hope that is true in your case.)



Last question, does the area where you are at have a spring cacti and flower bloom? Would love to see some hillside pics of the local flora Nothing that google earth could recognize tho, one thing to remember when one is running from the law, no identifiable landmarks!
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i'll see about the photos. I'm not running from anyone anymore. The hydrangea in the round pot which was destroyed by the roofers is now unrecognizable as the same plant. It is beautiful. It is the one we transplanted and discovered the giant worm capsules. The dead hydrangea in front same thing. I have some strange affinity with hydrangeas. They seemingly thrive after I touch them and I must turn soil acidic because they always turn from pink to blue. I'll take some more photos manana.

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Hey microbeman, do you think that pea gravel/river rock is as good as pumice for drainage? I ask because pumice is hard to come by and pea gravel is everywhere here.
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