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mycelium in compost bin

mycelium in compost bin

mycelium in compost bin

Mycelium suddenly started growing like crazy in my compost bin after I threw in expired soy flour and some blue berries. I have no idea what will come out of this, cant wait.










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mites attacking fruit fly maggots in compost pile

Have a problem about composting.
I’ve recently setted up a compost bin using a flower pot, I have a lid on it and will open it to toss the compost every other day. recently I found maggots in my compost and I realise my compost is too wet and too much nitrogen. I’ve added more brown materials to soak up the moisture and balance the nitrogen, I also understand that I can just wait for the maggots to mature and fly away which is what I plan on doing. But now I have a  new problem, mites are found in my compost pile. The maggots are wiggling their way up the compost pile onto the lids and the mites are attacking them there. I was just wondering what could be the possible factors attracting mites and if they will cause any harm if the compost is used for my plants with all the mites in them. does anybody know how they can be gotten rid of?

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King Oyster mycelium

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today is the 6th day after I cut out parts of the mushroom that has mycelium growing and putting it into sterile moist coffee grounds and some sterile moist hay. I store it in a air tight tupper ware and it spend its 1st 4 days in the chiller and I decided the take it out so it will germinate faster, immediately the next day there’s already mycelium growing over every piece of cuttings. I’ll wait for it to invade almost the whole box before burping it to reduce the risk of contamination. it’s really my first attempt experimenting with fungi, I’ll keep up with the observation and updates 🙂




Make shift green house

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This is the make shift green house I’ve been working on yesterday. The climate here is mostly hot and humid all year round, but these few weeks it’s been rainy and temperature is inconsistent. I’m using a recycled plastic mesh and also some painter’s plastic now and when the plants grow bigger I’m going to need to build a taller frame.

oh and that cup you see on the left is a fruit fly booby trap, I’ll elaborate more about it next time.

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DIRT! The Movie

http://www.dirtthemovie.org Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty. Join us at http://www.DirtTheMovie.org

One of my favourite documentary on how we as humans actually have so much relation with dirt.

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The Movie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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House plants 14/5/13

bell pepper 2 month 3sGood morning! Every one is looking good today! except the rosemary still looks kinda droopy. we’ll see how it goes.. I added more mulch to them last night and they look better today.