May 17, 2018

BSF composting worm

These ugly worms will help you make great compost faster…

Have you ever walked by your compost bin and heard this sound (listen below)?  I have! Our compost bin has these creepy looking grub worms going to work in it every summer – thanks to the black soldier fly, or BSF.

You may have heard about “BSF composting” before but what does it mean?

Basically, the larvae of the black soldier fly provide several benefits for your compost.

  1. They eat the scraps in your compost, pre-digesting them and helping it to break down faster.
  2. They are very active, wriggling all over throughout your compost, helping to turn and aerate the compost materials.
  3. They provide you with finished compost faster.

Black soldier flies look like long, thin, black flies, and their larvae are a slightly flattened, segmented grub-like worm. Check out the short video below to see what they look like, and then watch for them in your compost this summer!

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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