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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.

 

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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:

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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!

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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

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Latest Activity

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…"
Friday
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
Sue commented on PIERS DIESTLER's blog post MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM
"I do use hessian sacks I got from coffee roasters Co.s as covers over the entire bin. Yes, they do rot away and become castings but I can always get some more for free. I soaked them for a couple of days in rain water before use and worms love to…"
Feb 2
PIERS DIESTLER posted a blog post

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 moistened but did…See More
Feb 2
Sue commented on Danner's video
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Dan's Worm Bin

"Dan, how many lbs. did you start the bin with. How long has it been till you made the video? I have a similar bin but the worm population is way far from what I see in yours and it has been running for several years now."
Feb 2
Sue commented on PIERS DIESTLER's blog post MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM
"Piers: I read your previous blogs.Please post some pictures. Thanks."
Feb 2
Gardener Larry commented on PIERS DIESTLER's blog post MODULAR INSULATED FEED THROUGH SYSTEM
"Your symptoms sound a lot like the ones I have. My FT is in the garage and I am outside of Chicago so during the summer this might be beneficial. During the winter though I might be afraid of loosing heat. I use a wire based heater since the garage…"
Jan 25
Caz updated their profile
Jan 24
PIERS DIESTLER posted a blog post

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 door…See More
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Jan 8
Susan B replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"I've read quite a number of times that you can feed them on 100% cardboard.  The glue holding the 3 layers together is animal in origin, providing the N and the cardboard provides the bedding - C.  I just want to see what personal…"
Nov 27, 2016
Sue replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"Hi Susan, long time no see. I'm sure your BSFL leave droppings and since you're feeding only the larvae to the chickens, you could add the droppings into the worm bin. I sort of remember from long ago that worms will go through that…"
Nov 26, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"In nature, the worms feed on decomposing leaves, so they could do ok on cardboard alone."
Nov 19, 2016
Susan B replied to Nemesis099's discussion Is this forum dead??
"Even if it were dead, there is so much good content on it that trolling through teaches me a lot. "
Nov 17, 2016

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Blog Posts

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

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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