Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spring Prep - Meet Worm Farm & Fruit Fly Trap

So we decided this summer we will stay in Louisiana. Which means it is time to revive the malnutritioned backyard. Think like a Farmer, that sounds like a good starting point. So Stew decided we should start adopting some 1000 worms and let them make us great great great ground parents near spring so they can all go out to work happily after that. So he ordered the Worm Factory from Amazon.
It is really quite simple. But the more love you gave them, of course the more fertile they are.
Worm Factory
And I can compost my food scraps easily and quickly due to its a thermo siphon air flow design.According to our friends who are Gardeners, worm castings are one of the richest forms of fertilizer that you can use. The Worm Factory 360 can be used indoors or outdoors allowing year round production. I don't have to worry about composting in the yard and Mowgli digging it out. It is also odorless. We only need to add a handful of worms and organic waste to the bottom tray. The worms will start processing the food. Once the bottom tray is filled add another tray. The worms migrate upward to the newest food source leaving the bottom tray full of nutrient-rich compost. As waste is broken down, moisture filters through the system, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This makes it possible to harvest organic liquid fertilizer right from the spigot. 20 year warranty.
So we also bought this:
Live composting worms
Everything was going great until we found fruit flies in the house. Basically, I over fed the worms. Too much fruits and not enough paper fiber, so the worms could eat fast enough and the flies started to breed.  If you ever try and get rid of fruit flies, it is really hard, they are a lot tough than most flies.

Step 1:
Remove the food sources attracting the flies. Fruit flies have a life-cycle of 10 days giving them plenty of time to punish you for leaving moist, fermenting, organic material in which they may lay eggs.

Step 2 - Catch and Release Trap

  1. Drop a piece of apple into a large, clean jar such as a Mason jar. 
  2. Place the jar near the greatest concentration of flies, i.e., if they're hanging around the fruit bowl, put the jar in the fruit bowl.
  3. Put a paper cone with a small hole in the bottom in the mouth of the jar. It should have the pointed end pointed downward. The fruit flies will enter the cone through the large end by the mouth of the bottle and find their way through the hole into the bottle. They will not be able to get out.
  4. Release them outside when you have several, if you like.
So I made this :
And it really worked. Serves as a fruit fly lounge for them to hang out. I am going to release them when I get all of them together. Hopefully tomorrow.  Meanwhile, I had to stop feeding my worms for a few days. They should be hungry by now. No meat or citrus.

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