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Black Soldier Fly Composting/Harvesting Bin Stand

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 312 days ago 1303 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have taken up a new hobby that has given me some opportunities to build some new projects. Using one hobby to create items for another hobby? Does life get any better than that?

I have taken up Aquaponics and am having a blast with it.

I built this composter/harvester to convert food wastes into high quality fish food in the form of Black Soldier Fly grubs.

The stand is a simple little project but I think it came out quite well. The legs are PT because I had some left over. The rest is untreated dimensional pine lumber. I flooded it with a coat of Thompson’s Water Seal to help it last longer.

If you’ve never heard of Black Soldier Fly Composting/Harvesting there is a lot of info out there. Amazing little insects.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 312 days ago

Very good Dave!

Are you using quite a bit of land for your Aqua Garden?

We have a small unit that we grow Basil in… WOW! does it grow it FAST!

Just a few plants (5-6) keep us in Basil very nicely.

I have often wondered about getting into it more seriously… but, just haven’t done it.

Can you post more on the subject? (Coffee shop, if need be)

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DaveTPilot

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#2 posted 312 days ago

Hi Joe,

That is great! I have some Basil growing now from seeds. I hope to plant them in the grow beds this week. I am only using a small area…about 8’x10’. You can see pictures and read about some of the progress by clicking here

I don’t have any fish yet but am getting very close to being ready. Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to share info.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 312 days ago

Dave, if all you want is Basil, this little AeroGarden 7 (what we have) will probably satisfy your needs!

When I start Basil from seed, they usually germinate 1-2 days… give it another 2 weeks and you’re ready to start harvesting! I usually cut them back to about 4” high… Keep the water at good level & fertilize when the Red light flashes, and they will grow FAST! Guessing 1+” per DAY! We like to make Pesto (EVOO, garlic, Basil mixed in food processor is all it takes) that we spread on buttered and garliced Multi-grain Sourdough bread topped with Basil Pesto… hmmmm yummy good along with some wine… can’t be beat!

By the time we need more Basil to make more Peato, it will have grown enough for another harvest, etc.

No weeds to mess with… in a controlled environment inside to a Northern exposure seems to work really good.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#4 posted 311 days ago

Purdee kool Dave

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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NormG

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#5 posted 311 days ago

Great project and useful to boot

-- Norman

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