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Jul 7, 2019 5:09 PM CST
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing
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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.

Thanks
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Jul 7, 2019 5:54 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
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
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Jul 19, 2019 11:09 PM CST
Name: Layo
Texas (Zone 9a)
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
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Jul 20, 2019 6:53 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Herbs Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 2
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.
Believe in yourself even when no one else will. ~ Sasquatch
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Jul 20, 2019 8:14 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jul 20, 2019 3:29 PM CST
Name: Layo
Texas (Zone 9a)
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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