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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

Claire Furlong posted a discussion

Worm farms in India and South Africa - Resources

Hello there,I am always asking for info on this forum - but I thought I would add some this time. I did a market analysis on worm farms in India and South Africa - basically looking at if worm supply was limiting the uptake of worm based technologies. Here is the write of of this work - it may be of use if you are looknig for suppliers or thinking of starting a business.…See More
Jul 10
Jerilynn Walton replied to Adam Tolley's discussion my new CFT
"what is it made of?   is that material breathable? What is the harvesting mechanism?"
May 22
Jerilynn Walton replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"You CAN use only cardboard as food and bedding if you want.  But, there are many better options."
May 22
Bill replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"I have stack able worm factories and when I start a new tray cardboard is 90% of the structure. I add a little horse manure and used potting mix. I think it makes great bedding mix. I use a combination of box cutter and paper cutter  to render…"
May 2
Jerilynn Walton commented on PIERS DIESTLER's album
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MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

"i like the design. my biggest concern is air flow.  but, i'm not sure you can have insulation and air flow both at the same time.  :)"
Mar 27
Jerilynn Walton and Rich Feiller are now friends
Mar 27
Jerilynn Walton replied to Woo's discussion I would like to know what other people find to be the worms most popular and distasteful food.
"I have tried just about everything within reason over the last 20 yrs.   Horse manure is still the #1 favorite of my worms.  Rotten cucumbers found in the back of the refrigerator after a few weeks, is a close 2nd.  ;)"
Mar 27
Jerilynn Walton posted a status
"No time for forum over last few yrs I have been doing vermiculture for 20 yrs now and i used a science based approach. Good to be back. :)"
Mar 27
PIERS DIESTLER posted a blog post

MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

At last I have managed to add photos taken as the work progressed. The final gap between the rods was 3 inches, with the rods being 1/2 inch diameter, the pitch centres being then 3&1/2 inches. I am not conversant with the method of fitting my photos into the text and so they appear under 'Photos' and are dated: 21 March 2017, by clicking the single picture, access then shows the series of 12 pictures.Please be free to send me any queries and suggestions, for which I thank you. I would be…See More
Mar 23
maurice small posted a status
"Worms are the next level."
Mar 21
PIERS DIESTLER posted an album

MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

The pictures display the stages of work to completion.
Mar 21
PIERS DIESTLER posted photos
Mar 21
maurice small posted a photo
Mar 20
maurice small posted a status
"Does anyone have 1/2 pound of red wigglers for sale this Thursday afternoon or Friday morning in or near Northhamton Massachusetts? Please??"
Mar 20
PIERS DIESTLER posted a discussion

PHOTOS ADD TO BLOG?

I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SUPPLY PHOTOS.  MY PHOTOS ARE AT PRESENT AVAILABLE ON MY DESKTOP.CAN ANYONE PROVIDE INFORMATION AS TO HOW TO ALLOW THESE TO APPEAR IN MY BLOG?   I HAVE SEEN THIS KIND OF FORMAT IN USE, AND IT SEEMS TO MAKE THINGS MORE COMPLETE.I THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER. See More
Mar 20
Andrew Loy updated their profile
Mar 15
Gardener Larry left a comment for John Wilhelm
"John, First sorry to hear about your wife. A neighbor passed with ALS and I know the toll it can take. On to your bedding question; If the worms in their last days of life started to stress they may have left behind worm casings (eggs). If you…"
Feb 24
John Wilhelm replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old
"I really would like to know how you can tell worm castings from the bedding? Also how do you make worm tea? What I did 3 years ago was I would wet the beds and anything that came off at the bottom and into a bucket I use it as worm tea."
Feb 16
John Wilhelm posted a discussion

Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old

I was raising Red Worm about 3 years ago in bins with Black Kow Manure mixture and than my wife got ALS and was unable to care for the worms and they dead and now I would like to know if I could use this bedding over or even use it to make tea out of it?If I could reuse it without ant trouble?If someone could help me with this and tell me the PRO and CON's on what to do?See More
Feb 16
Gardener Larry commented on PIERS DIESTLER's blog post MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM
"Maybe I do too much work but I always save a couple of bags of leaves from the year prior. That way they have a year to dry out. I found that the maple leaf stems don't always break down nicely so I will manually sift the leaves through…"
Feb 13

Forum

Worm farms in India and South Africa - Resources

Started by Claire Furlong Jul 10.

my new CFT 4 Replies

Started by Adam Tolley. Last reply by Jerilynn Walton May 22.

95-100% cardboard? 5 Replies

Started by Susan B. Last reply by Jerilynn Walton May 22.

Left over coffee 8 Replies

Started by Rich Feiller. Last reply by Robert Mar 24.

PHOTOS ADD TO BLOG?

Started by PIERS DIESTLER Mar 20.

Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old 3 Replies

Started by John Wilhelm. Last reply by Robert Mar 11.

Is this forum dead?? 20 Replies

Started by Nemesis099. Last reply by Susan B Nov 17, 2016.

Help to ID Worms from Burma/Myanmar 7 Replies

Started by Claire Furlong. Last reply by Claire Furlong Oct 20, 2016.

Help with Wild Worm ID in Ethiopia 3 Replies

Started by Claire Furlong. Last reply by Claire Furlong Oct 9, 2016.

New(er) video of casting harvester

Started by Milt Aug 25, 2016.

Worm supply in Ethiopia and Uganda 2 Replies

Started by Claire Furlong. Last reply by Claire Furlong Aug 4, 2016.

cant get enough

Started by Adam Tolley Jul 16, 2016.

why reproduction stops 2 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Adam Tolley Jun 28, 2016.

Bone meal in worm bins 1 Reply

Started by Lance Waedemon. Last reply by Joseph Despins Jun 26, 2016.

getting back on track

Started by Adam Tolley Jun 4, 2016.

Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters? 121 Replies

Started by Steven Chow. Last reply by Sara Smith Living in Colorado May 8, 2016.

Worm Wigwam

Started by Deighton King Feb 28, 2016.

Compost and casting harvester 4 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Harry Hopkins Feb 17, 2016.

Feeding bread and other starches to worms 3 Replies

Started by Lance Waedemon. Last reply by john vance Jan 1, 2016.

Blog Posts

MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

At last I have managed to add photos taken as the work progressed. 

The final gap between the rods was 3 inches, with the rods being 1/2 inch diameter, the pitch centres being then 3&1/2 inches. 

I am not conversant with the method of fitting my photos into the text and so they appear under 'Photos' and are dated: 21 March 2017, by clicking the single picture, access then shows the series of 12 pictures.

Please be free to send me any queries and suggestions, for…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on March 23, 2017 at 4:10pm

MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

I will say that previously the bedding used in my wormeries was from a collection of Autumn leaves.  Although leaves suited the worms I found that there was a continuing build up of slugs, due to having collected the leaves from earth beneath the trees? . I would later see upon inspection, clusters of slugs eggs so a bigger population was then likely! 

Perhaps leaves from a paved/concreted area would get over this problem? (Any comments?)

Hessian sacking I found worked well if…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on February 2, 2017 at 3:41pm — 2 Comments

MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM

,Time has gone by since my last blog and here is a further development. I had mentioned the ventilator in the lid previously.  I am aware that numerous members state that due to using a feed through system they do not have to collect exudate as is the case of a stacked tray system.  I found that over time quite a lot of liquid had drained into the containers below (three flower troughs).  Further, on opening the lid there were always a number of worms either on the walls or adjacent to the…

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Posted by PIERS DIESTLER on January 23, 2017 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

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

 
 
 

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