Texas Gardening forum→Outdoor Vermicomposting in Texas

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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
Composter Winter Sowing Vegetable Grower Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Texas Butterflies
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Jul 7, 2019 5:09 PM CST
Just curious if anyone has successfully outdoor vermicomposted here in Texas. Like many of you, my summers can get 100+ for days at a time and even my winters are much colder than I anticipated when I moved here...seemingly too cold for the worms.

I'd prefer to do this outdoors for a number of reasons but I'm wondering if its just not really practical. I've done some internet researching but interested in local experiences.

Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jul 7, 2019 5:54 PM CST
Dave Whittinger in Jacksonville, TX is familiar with vermiculture. I think winters there might generally be slightly warmer than yours, but maybe not.

Here's a post he did several years ago https://garden.org/thread/view... and I seem to recall a YouTube video he did, but my memory may be faulty on that. He may still have one going. I'm going to flag him. His post, along with several others on the subject, are in the Soil and Compost forum. There was some discussion of winter temps, but I'm not sure whether a minimum was established or not. @dave
Name: Layo
Texas (Zone 9a)
Jul 19, 2019 11:09 PM CST
Hello ladies and gents im new to thus forum but have been composting with black soilder flies in texas
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Im having grest success with Bsf composting and adding biochar my plants love it, anyone else using bsfl

Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Jul 20, 2019 6:53 AM CST
Welcome! This is an interesting post. Do you purchase the flies or are they naturally attracted to your compost? I am guessing that is what all the larvae is in your photos? I frequently see that here but was unfamiliar with what it was, only that it worked well.

I agree with the biochar as well. The plants thrive on it.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jul 20, 2019 8:14 AM CST
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Name: Layo
Texas (Zone 9a)
Jul 20, 2019 3:29 PM CST
There wild black soilder flys, they chRge the biochar in my compost bins and the chickens surround the bin first thing in the morning
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