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Composting with Black Soldier Flies
Nature's own ultimate food recyclers, BSF have proven to be a great summertime composting solution.
The BSF larvae will eat kilograms of scrap food a night in small composting units, eliminating your food waste before it can even begin to rot.
Black Soldier Fly larvae do more than just eat waste.
When they are done eating your food waste, they will harvest themselves into buckets and let you feed them to your chooks, pigs, ducks, birds and fish. You name it. High in protein and fat they could become a main ingredient in future animal feeds.
On average a household will produce a little under a kg of food waste per day. This food waste can be composted at home using black soldier fly larvae much much faster than worms can do it.
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- Bad experience - What to do with leachate
- A good place to start with the leachate is to apply it at about a 1:20 ratio (roughly about 1.5 cups leachate per 2 gallons of water [200 ml brought up to 1 L in tap water]) to the soil around the base of the plant. If you are using a sprinkler can, pour it over the leaves and let it flow freely into the soil around the root the same way you would do if watering the plant with a sprinkler. It can also be applied as a foliar spray as a fine mist to the leaves. Wait until the seeds have sprouted and the plants have begun to grow before applying it to the plants. Try this with one application per week. Avoid applying the leachate in concentrated form as it will stunt the growth or even over power the plant, especially applied to newly planted seedlings. If you have enough spinach, you can explore a broader set of dilutions in tap water, for example, 1:10, 1:20 and 1:50 would be good choices. This is the general range that we recommend with young seedlings. Best of luck.
- In Black Soldier Fly Farming Forum / General BSF Discussions
- 1 day 14 hours ago
- Use of lime to prevent mass mortality
- Other mortality problems could be drowning due to too much liquid in the bin; extreme temperatures; lack of air; and possibly too much co2. I wouldn't treat a "bad" bin. I would clean it out and start over.
- In Black Soldier Fly Farming Forum / BSF Breeding
- 4 days 2 hours ago