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Vermicomposters.com is a social networking community for people who have a worm bin or compost with worms or for people who are thinking about getting started and want more information.  There are… Continue

Created by Steven Chow May 28, 2008 at 7:35am. Last updated by Steven Chow Mar 12, 2010.

 

About Vermicomposters.com

Welcome to Vermicomposters.com
Vermicomposters.com is a social networking community for people who have a worm bin/compost with worms or for people who are thinking about getting started. Read this note to help you get started on vermicomposters.com:

Vermicomposters.com Map

Vermicomposters.com was setup to to find out how many people compost with worms so don't forget to add yourself to the map.

If you have any questions or problems with the map please post here Thank you.

Got photos on flickr? The Worm Watch feature on the vermicomposters.com homepage is being replaced.. with the vermicomposting flickr pool to make it easier for us all to update the featured photos on the vermicomposters.com homepage.. sorry for the delay on fixing Worm Watch and please help add any flickr photos you can find to the vermicomposting pool!

Vermicomposters.com WormWiki
Share your knowledge by becoming a WormWiki writer! Vermicomposting can be intimidating at first... but maybe we can help make it easier by assembling our experiences and knowledge on a wiki to help people get started. Write your own articles like Amy's How to make a worm bin bag or just pitch in on the collectively written online guide. Check out the Online Resources / Links Section

Be sure to also join the WormWiki Writers group

Latest Activity

WORMLANDIA RANCH (Air Kierulf) updated their profile
yesterday
Sara Smith Living in Colorado replied to Steven Chow's discussion Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters?
"For some reason I I can't get to the map. I am on it already. But wonder if something is up with the link or just me?""
May 8
DOUGLAS HARSHMAN joined Kate M's group
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Raising Worms For Fishing

A group for people who raise worms not only for vermicomposting, but for fishing purposes as well.See More
Apr 22
Daniel J Kline replied to Tom Bergstrand's discussion Marbles in my worm bin in the group Horse manure users
"Also... maybe they were in the horse poo before you deployed it? Did you screen? More detail please on their color, their substance, their inclusions."
Apr 15
Daniel J Kline replied to Tom Bergstrand's discussion Marbles in my worm bin in the group Horse manure users
"Possibilities: insects making a nest? Fungi getting a start? Something in your methodology? Maybe cold worms balling up around food for survival? Isn't a worm bin an exciting adventure??!!!!"
Apr 15
Daniel J Kline replied to Tom Bergstrand's discussion Marbles in my worm bin in the group Horse manure users
"photos please?"
Apr 15
Tom Bergstrand added a discussion to the group Horse manure users
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Marbles in my worm bin

Hi folks,             Well, not really marbles that I put in but marbles that appear on their own. For some reason the feed is coagulating into round balls that must be busted up by hand. They are fairly solid and appear to be the feed and not the castings. I feed 18 pounds of strained aged horse manure along with 2 pounds of dried coffee grounds and enough water to make sure there are no dry pockets. If left unchecked the entire bin will become these unexplainable round balls. I'm wondering if…See More
Apr 14
Stephen Churchill replied to Nemesis099's discussion Is this forum dead??
"The Facebook groups are very active right now.  I'm not sure how much overlap there is between those folks and the members here, but it seems like the downturn in activity here has coincided with the uptick in activity there."
Apr 2
Harry Hopkins and Daniel J Kline are now friends
Apr 1
Lance Waedemon posted a discussion

Bone meal in worm bins

Haven't been on the site in a while. It moves kinda slow just like our worms. Added bone meal to my last batch of bedding to increase phosphate levels in the castings(1/4 cup to about 10 lbs. of bedding). Anyone try that before. Any problems? I've had the worms going for 3 years now and their still doing fine. I've tried a lot of crazy ideas to produce a richer cast. I don't overfeed but I do push it.See More
Mar 27
jeremy preall posted a status
"We have found that using a broken up coir is easier than the bricks, they can be bought at most hydroponics stores."
Mar 20
jeremy preall posted a status
"Have handed the day to day operations, to my mom. She takes the scraps and all down almost daily."
Mar 20
jeremy preall updated their profile
Mar 20
jeremy preall posted a status
"Hi all"
Mar 20
Deighton King posted a discussion

Worm Wigwam

I am looking to get some feedback from Worm Wigwam users.  I find that I am getting compaction along the inside of the casing just above the cutter bars.  What seems to be happening is that as the cutter bar reaches the end of its' travel, it tends to compress the material to the casing. Is anyone else having this problem, and how do you rectify it?See More
Feb 28
Jay Neal commented on Jason Smith's group Virginia Vermiculture
"So are you just going to be selling at the farmers market?"
Feb 28
Daniel J Kline commented on Jason Smith's group Virginia Vermiculture
"Most of my worm compost goes into my own gardens. I have thought about selling worms & compost at farmers' market, but not yet. Seems I never get the packaging together and then there is time at the market. Where would I find that?"
Feb 28
Jay Neal commented on Jason Smith's group Virginia Vermiculture
"So I am guessing your going to farmers market?"
Feb 28
Daniel J Kline commented on Jason Smith's group Virginia Vermiculture
"That would be fine. I now have 4x18 bed. Hot composting in the winter with leaves and garden waste and coffee grounds. "
Feb 26
Jay Neal commented on Jason Smith's group Virginia Vermiculture
"nice! If I get up that way would love to see your set up"
Feb 26

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Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters? 121 Replies

Started by Steven Chow. Last reply by Sara Smith Living in Colorado May 8.

Is this forum dead?? 9 Replies

Started by Nemesis099. Last reply by Stephen Churchill Apr 2.

Bone meal in worm bins

Started by Lance Waedemon Mar 27.

Worm Wigwam

Started by Deighton King Feb 28.

Compost and casting harvester 4 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Harry Hopkins Feb 17.

why reproduction stops

Started by Milt Jan 23.

Feeding bread and other starches to worms 3 Replies

Started by Lance Waedemon. Last reply by john vance Jan 1.

VB96 31 Replies

Started by Joseph Denial. Last reply by Danner Dec 16, 2015.

A quick flow through bin question 13 Replies

Started by Rick. Last reply by Danner Dec 16, 2015.

Using the blender for making worm chow 5 Replies

Started by Lance Waedemon. Last reply by Danner Dec 16, 2015.

Halloween Treat 8 Replies

Started by Deighton King. Last reply by Steve Bichlmeier Dec 8, 2015.

Hey fellow wormheads 1 Reply

Started by Zach Reinert. Last reply by Nemesis099 Oct 12, 2015.

Gardening with castings 11 Replies

Started by Donna Soroka. Last reply by Bill May 31, 2015.

Portable harvester 12 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Daniel J Kline May 17, 2015.

Aerobic/Anaerobic - That is the Question 26 Replies

Started by synelg. Last reply by FabricGATOR May 12, 2015.

quick, easy, and cheap 210 gal/800l bin. 5 Replies

Started by Organic Crusader. Last reply by Organic Crusader May 10, 2015.

Rice - cooked 2 Replies

Started by Christopher Loew. Last reply by Christopher Loew Apr 17, 2015.

types of bedding 26 Replies

Started by Stevesd. Last reply by Christopher Loew Apr 12, 2015.

Large outdoor bin. How many worms should I start with? 3 Replies

Started by Lance Waedemon. Last reply by Keith Reber Apr 8, 2015.

Selective breeding 6 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Lance Waedemon Apr 4, 2015.

Blog Posts

Modular Insulated Feed Through System

Here I will mention that previously I had only to raise the lid and note the number of worms coming to the top of the chamber.  This would then allow me to consider what may be the cause of their trouble.  I had for a number of days lifted the lid and there seemed no problem in this direction,

I began to be aware of a slight smell within the garage, a few more days and this became more powerful!   I found the source of the smell: a large number of worms were found shrivelled in the…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on December 11, 2015 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

Modular Insulated Feed Through System

Before I begin I want to say that as a previous novice I found that references to bedding somewhat baffling.  The reason was that no distinction was made between the bedding used in starting off a wormery and that used to cover the wormery contents.  Perhaps the prefix of lower and top might be used to avoid any confusion?  Please feel free to comment.

More of my MK4 experiences:

As I previously stated when the worms are not happy they begin to rise up the inner walls, their…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on October 11, 2015 at 2:10am

Modular Insulated Feed Through System Problem

The moist atmosphere within the cabinet had been overlooked.

The opening for the ventilator in the lid, which is partly of steel, began to rust.  The rust was cleaned up and car underseal applied.

Non of the worms were found to have suffered!

Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on August 27, 2015 at 7:11am

Modular Insulated Feed Through System

Here I wish to explain my MK4 wormery.  The main chamber of which is the insulated cabinet.  I was looking for a deep freezer cabinet, a fridge would have had fittings for milk bottles!.  The one I found was approx. a 2ft cube...The back was cut out by using a Stanley pad saw from inside the cabinet. (It was a Necht N1 that had been dumped minus the compressor).  That done I made a wooden frame to take the rods, the cabinet now sits on the frame which is 1 1/4in wide all round. The door now…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on August 4, 2015 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Back!

Finishing up Master Gardener class from Clemson University! 2 more classes and about 20 more hours of volunteer service and will have my certificate! Built nearby county extension office a stackable 5 gallon bucket vermi-system this morning.

Posted by Jay on May 19, 2015 at 10:49am

Attention creatives: apply to the Vermi-Prize

I'm giving out money to honor artwork about composting worms.

~ HOW to win?  Make art – sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, poems, net art, music, dance, creative designs, architecture, etc – that celebrates composting worms. See examples of what has been made in this genre on the wormculture.org blog. To…

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Posted by Amy Youngs on May 13, 2015 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

In the begining

I am awaiting my worm's arrival. I have prepared shredded paper and gathered kitchen scraps. I have a container of baked and powdered egg shells. I am just about ready.

However, I look at my bin which is a 2x3 tank 18" deep and wonder if I want to drill holes in the bottom. I have heard that they are not actually necessary but so many people are doing it. For now I am going to bypass this step.

Posted by Hollis Geary on May 5, 2015 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

Cocoon Experiment

12:20 MDST - La Luz, NM - USA:

EH cocoons arrived late this morning - picked out 6 yellow cocoons, placed in 3 individual containers marked 1 - 2 - and 3 -- 6.5 US Quart or 6.1 Liter & placed 1 cocoon in number 1 bin and marked it 1, placed 2 cocoons  in 2nd bin, marked 2, and 3 cocoons in 3rd marked number3, with appropriate amount of bedding first .



The goal is to hatch the cocoons removing all worms except for the same amount of original amount of cocoons. And watch time…

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Posted by Christopher Loew on April 24, 2015 at 1:41pm

Eisenia hortensis egg capsules

how does one start a new bin for mail-order Euro's cocoons (100) there will be nothing but the cocoons, no worms, so how does one start this bin -

what and when to add anything more -

what should be waiting as food for them as newly "born" -

what to feed them as they grow older -

call me an optimist - this is my experiment to see how long it takes, hatch-ling percentage, survival rate and population increases - as long as I am composting I need to do something…

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Posted by Christopher Loew on April 11, 2015 at 5:00pm

What food is immediately most attractive to European Nightcrawlers?

This is a question and an experiment log...

What is the food that will draw European Night-crawlers most quickly, within 1 to 4 days? Please do post your personal experiences with foods that they come to within 1 to 4 days.

Right now, I'm interested in this food experiment, but ultimately, I'd like to figure out how to draw some of the biggest worms into a small area for "quick picking", so if you have personal experience with that please do post about it.

On to…

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Posted by Bill Wilson on February 3, 2015 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

 
 
 

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