Carter County, Oklahoma
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I'm currently composing in my back yard in a 4x4 wooden bin with 3 sides. In my compost I've used Alfalfa, produce gathered from local farmers markets, produce scraps from our kitchen, some straw, donkey manure (mostly dry but some small bits of fresh waste) and finely shredded news print. Initially I noticed decent temps of about 140 degrees F within the first 48 hours. After that the weather turned and was cold and rainy. After the weather passed the compost cooled off and never reheated. I turned my bin and noticed lots of small white maggots. They're about a half inch to 3/4 of an inch long, fast moving. They are not like any soldier fly larvae I've seen online. I've also found small reddish brown pill like cocoons in large numbers as well. I intend on adding more carbon to my bin to try and dry it out, but I'm concerned that I might have created a perfect bed for life that I'm NOT trying to grow. What is the best way to identify these specimens? Regardless of what they are, would it be best for me to leave them to eat and reproduce and allow them to break down my compost further? Thank you so much! Sorry, I don't currently have any photos of the white maggots.
Carter County OK about 1 year ago
To whom it may concern,
I have some questions about container grown pecan seedlings. A few of the seedlings have developed black edges on the leaves that progressively gets worse. The leaf ends up dying. Some seedlings develop new leaves, some seedlings die, and some die but start new shoots at the trunk. I have treated for root rot with no results. The seedlings are potted in a mixture of 2 parts sand, 3 parts pine bark, and two parts potting soil. I sterilized the mixture before planting. Do you have any suggestions? I am at a loss.
Carter County OK almost 6 years ago