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[Sticky] Operation DIY Frass a.k.a. how to make Ecothrive Charge at home

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We used to use meal worms for feeding our reptiles like blue tongues and bearded dragons, once they had gone through the feed in the trays we would use the frass on the veggie garden, the plants loved it, so did the reptiles if I'm honest lol. Haven't had a mealworm farm going for many years now but they are great little producers that's for sure. I have my compost going at the moment and the worms are processing the waste trim, gonna take them a while lol there is plenty of it, luckily I have plenty of worms at work in there.

I feel like a, like a slice of butter... melting on top of a big-ol' pile of flapjacks... yeah.

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@teleman Well, now that you mention it, you can you use black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) to very quickly decompose meat, diary and waste it is actually much quicker and overall better than hot composting - the flies and larvae can be used for live feeding of insectivores or fishing too

Nature always finds a way!

 

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@colacody Even with our shitty waste, nature provides! The BP oil spill disaster in the gulf of Mexico is being cleaned up by saltwater resistant oyster mushroom mycelium and mealworms are actually able to eat and breakdown styrofoam/polystyrene and the end result is perfectly good frass and equally as healthy worms as those fed a normal diet. This should definitely not be an excuse to polute more but rather, it shows how mother earth has to clean up our fuck ups when we think we know better.

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2021 7:09 am
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@Aitch

a great project bro!

self-sufficiency and regenerative farming is the way forward 

Be great addition to your grow resources bro

way to go Smile

Time to pop some more beans 😗

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Got all the bits for the beetle worm farm v2.0!

I used one of these things as the base, it is a simple plastic paper holder made for A4-size stuff, 2 drawers are 2L in volume whilst the bottom one is 7L:

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I took one of the smaller drawers off and drew a 19x28cm rectangle (basically an A4 minus 1cm on all sides). Then I drilled a hole in each corner to prevent splittering the plastic and then used a utility knife to cut out the rectangle:

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Then I placed an A4-sized piece of mesh (3.96mm sized hole) (you can get cut to size ones from amazon) and hot-glued it onto the drawer:

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Then repeated the steps on the second smaller drawer, but used a 1mm-sized hole mesh this time. The whole meshing thing is pretty optional, I could've left it unmodified and simply use a sieve to separate the larvae/beetles from the frass but with the mesh I have a full self sifting system - less work, less mess Grin

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So the idea here is that the drawer with the wider holes goes on the top - this will be the housing for the beetles as well as pupating larvae. The beetles will go along eating up the oats and laying eggs, their walking around will cause the frass, smaller pieces of oats and more importantly, the eggs to fall through the mesh to the container below.

The middle drawer houses the eggs, babies and superworms who will go to town on the oats - producing roughly twice their body weight in frass! again, their movement will cause the frass to go through the smaller mesh down to the bottom container which will serve as a frass collector.

A few modifications I did make just to be safe is to put a bit of selotape around the top of the front drawer, creating a bit of a barrier to any worm decided to climb up and over (which so far none have actually done as the drawer wall is taller than they are). An extra safe way of doing this is with higher walled drawers - but I wanted something I could put on top of the worktable in the garage.

Now all i have to do is top up the oats and veggie scraps everynow and then and empty the bottom container every now and then! I'll update once it gets full to have an idea of how much and how fast this little colony produces the end product.

On that note, anyone know of a reliable breeder of reptiles/amphibians? This whole experience has made me want a little cold blooded friend Grin

 

 

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Topic starter Posted : July 31, 2021 2:01 pm
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@aitch awesome design , I may use this blue print for an indoor worm farm set up! 

So cool about  oyster mushrooms being able to clean up oil spills. I think I read they turn black as they consume the oil then back to their original colour once the toxins have been cleared. So cool

I've also read bokashi can help with toxic spills too. Nature knows best👍

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@mossbeardmitch Feel free mate and post it ! 😀

Absolutely, we've only just scratched the surface of understanding the world we live in.. it's just a shame we act as if we knew everything already!

“If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.”
― Terence McKenna

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Topic starter Posted : July 31, 2021 3:07 pm
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