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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

Kate M posted a discussion

Do I do anything different with baby worms?

I've got close to 200 Euros, and I've had them for 3 months now. I've been seeing cocoons for weeks, but no little wormsies!#1, how long does it take for Euros to hatch? #2 Do I need to be doing something different for babies to survive?My bin conditions: Temps average 73 F. Bedding is cardboard and peat moss kept moist. I'm raising fishing worms, so I feed them rabbit pellets with corn meal, moistened, in one corner. (They love that stuff and just gobble it up!) I've never had a problem with…See More
1 hour ago
Peter Smith replied to FabricGATOR's discussion Colored news paper print..
"In addition to Milt's info, just as an experiment I used very colourful flyer ads paper into a test bin.  Had no issues, so some in newspapers would be even less.   Cardboard is still my fav for it's aeration properties, but…"
12 hours ago
Tracy Oram updated their profile
15 hours ago
Tracy Oram posted photos
16 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to Jerilynn Walton's discussion 50 Lb Purina Worm Chow $19.50
"Distributor said he would make good and get a fresh batch for us."
16 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to Milt's discussion video of portable sifter
"I love it. I can especially see the benefit of it being portable enough for your rock / fossil hound buddy to take exploring with him. When I first saw the post this morning, I thought it was a 20 minute run on 8 AAA batteries. Now that I realize…"
16 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to FabricGATOR's discussion Colored news paper print..
"Thanks Milt, I was hoping it was as you say. Even if I did try to remove the colored printing or pictures, the other side of the page would most likely have something colored. I primarily use machine cut (walmart paper shredder) brown cardboard…"
16 hours ago
Milt posted a discussion

video of portable sifter

It can be viewed at http://youtu.be/u9QtJaIxVW0. I'm new at this video stuff.The audio was getting honks, beeps and blurps so I muted it. The motor is only 2 watts so it's kinda' quiet. When I learn what I'm doing I'll try to put out a better one. Thanks..See More
17 hours ago
Harry Hopkins replied to Harry Hopkins's discussion Update on sifting redworm eggs
"I'm sorry, I only make this one size machine and the used market is non-existent to my knowledge. The NC farmer saw mine and copied it. I have a building instruction manual I included when I sold the kit for the Stall Shi*fter and I can sell…"
18 hours ago
Milt replied to Milt's discussion Portable harvester
"Thanks FabricGATOR. The action is more of a high speed wobble than a shake or vibrate. The first ones I built used a plug-in power supply. My friends that hunt for arrowheads, fossils and gems wanted a portable sifter so I made this one for them.…"
21 hours ago
Milt replied to FabricGATOR's discussion Colored news paper print..
"The newspaper industry has made great efforts to generate a non-toxic waste stream. Most publishers use organic pigments. These pigments are the same as used in tattoos, lipsticks, hair colouring and other cosmetics.. Tests have shown that it has no…"
22 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to Harry Hopkins's discussion Update on sifting redworm eggs
"Good to hear your report of success. Harry, I follow your machine and find it marvelous. Unfortunately, it is priced outside my range for the few thousand I keep in two bins to date. Do you get trade ins or hear of your used equipment that might be…"
22 hours ago
FabricGATOR posted a discussion

Colored news paper print..

I can't find a news paper that is not colored pictures and printing here in south Florida.Can anyone advise if the color ink these days is safe for the worms and organic gardening?Thank you.See More
22 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to Milt's discussion Portable harvester
"Pretty cool, what did you use for motor-vation? Does it shake and vibrate? Could you adapt it to use one of those wall transformers (wall wart) so you don't have to use the batteries? I guess rechargeable batteries are better than use and pitch…"
22 hours ago
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23 hours ago
Harry Hopkins posted a discussion

Update on sifting redworm eggs

I got a report from a red worm farmer in North Carolina that has built a sifter using my design that he tested the 3/32" screen and no cocoons fell through with the castings. All the cocoons fell through the 1/4 in screen that followed. He has proved that 3/32 perforated aluminum successfully separates cocoons and castings. My new red worm screen will now have a single pass three way separation of castings, cocoons and worms. I will use .032 gauge w/3/32" round holes perforated aluminum as the…See More
23 hours ago
Jacob Boswell posted photos
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Robert updated their profile
yesterday
imamGliste (Jasmin) commented on imamGliste (Jasmin)'s video
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Homemade rotary vermicompost sifter

"Thank you :)  Yea, harvesting and screening is the most labor intensive part. Try to find an easier way, maybe putting a screen on a wheelbarrow and rocking it. Good luck. "
yesterday
imamGliste (Jasmin) posted a video

No dig garden bed after first vermicompost application

My polyculture garden bed that hasn't been tilled nor fertilized, only vermicompost added in the hole when plants were transplanted.
yesterday

Forum

Do I do anything different with baby worms?

Started by Kate M 1 hour ago.

Colored news paper print.. 3 Replies

Started by FabricGATOR. Last reply by Peter Smith 12 hours ago.

50 Lb Purina Worm Chow $19.50 47 Replies

Started by Jerilynn Walton. Last reply by FabricGATOR 16 hours ago.

video of portable sifter 1 Reply

Started by Milt. Last reply by FabricGATOR 16 hours ago.

Update on sifting redworm eggs 2 Replies

Started by Harry Hopkins. Last reply by Harry Hopkins 18 hours ago.

Portable harvester 3 Replies

Started by Milt. Last reply by Milt 21 hours ago.

Cocoon nursery 4 Replies

Started by FabricGATOR. Last reply by FabricGATOR yesterday.

Harvesting Red Worm cocoons and babies 4 Replies

Started by Harry Hopkins. Last reply by Harry Hopkins Jul 18.

WormzOrganic closes it's doors 4 Replies

Started by Harry Hopkins. Last reply by Mary Ann Smith Jul 16.

photo idea 6 Replies

Started by nachum hirschel. Last reply by FabricGATOR Jul 15.

Consistency of castings 6 Replies

Started by Michele A. Last reply by Patricia Jul 14.

which species should I use? 3 Replies

Started by Steve Thompson . Last reply by Ar-Pharazon Jul 14.

These little things in my worm bin! What are they? 7 Replies

Started by Kate M. Last reply by Sue Jul 13.

Such a thing as TOO old manure, leaves, or compost? 3 Replies

Started by tim strickland. Last reply by iJohn Jul 13.

Worm hatching success 7 Replies

Started by Paul Carr. Last reply by Ar-Pharazon Jul 10.

Trying out a new approach to signups 23 Replies

Started by Steven Chow. Last reply by FabricGATOR Jul 9.

Chicago and Evanston Vermicomposters !!

Started by Kimmy Compost Jul 9.

goat manure 7 Replies

Started by nachum hirschel. Last reply by Ian Carruthers Jul 6.

Is Vermicomposters Dead? 1 Reply

Started by dermy. Last reply by Daniel J Kline Jul 6.

Ant in my indoor Rubbermaid worm bin, My plan of attack 3 Replies

Started by John Yale. Last reply by Sayla Jul 5.

Blog Posts

Carrot Harvest!!

I harvested a few carrots today... I've never been so excited about carrots in my life. It was seriously a huge event this morning. Even the cat came to watch me dig them up. lol. 

 

The…
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Posted by Alex Wyatt on July 22, 2014 at 5:57pm — 2 Comments

The First Taber Gardens

My first experience with a garden was in my Granny's front yard. I have memories of this magical little space under a canopy of low trees. There were pathways between raised beds full of flowers. I must have been about 3 or 4 years old.  My memories of this garden remind me of things I've seen in a magazine. It was absolutely magnificent.



More recently in the past couple of years, I've been experimenting with growing things. I had the brilliant idea to grow…

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Posted by Alex Wyatt on July 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Eggs

I finally found some eggs. It was only 3 but im pretty sure there is more. I put my bin outside in the shade this morning cause im having a nit fly problem, but finding the eggs made me stop worrying about the flies.

now im going to try and see if i can catch them hatching.This just gives me more reason to look at them

Posted by Shequtia Jackson on July 9, 2014 at 8:26am

flow though newbie

So I want to start and with a flow through bin. Does anybody have a link on the website to educate me on how to harvest the casings and what the spacing on the grate should be? There are lots of great picture, but how do I harvest?

Thanks

Posted by Daver on July 6, 2014 at 2:47am — 1 Comment

Bedding material--Lavender stems?

I would like to know if stems from cut lavender serve well as bedding material (instead of things like straw, and perhaps mixed in with newspaper).  The stems are very thin and stiff.  I have a lot of the stuff.  I believe redwood branchlets are NOT good due to the chemicals and wonder if the same is true for fragrant plants lilke lavender.  Anyone tried this or have an opinion?

Posted by Ross Hunter on July 1, 2014 at 3:42pm

Boy Scout Presentation

I recently did a presentation on red worms to a group of 7-year old Boy Scouts.  I had a Mega-Inn in the back of my truck and I was a little apprehensive about the trip to the talk.  I was visualizing taking a corner too fast and having worms all over the bed of the truck.  I didn't make the conversion to the wood frame yet and it still has the PVC piping.  I did make it a bit more sturdy by using duct tape and rope to stabilize the frame.  Plus tying things down somewhat securely in the bed…

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Posted by Steve Bichlmeier on June 9, 2014 at 8:31pm

Great Worm Quote



I recently attended a presentation by Dr. Mercola that focused on a number of topics.  One that really struck a chord with me was how negative ions in our environment really have a positive effect on your health.  The water in your cells converts from H2O to H3O2 and is like a mini battery.   Negative ions help recharge your body.  You can get these negative ions through…

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Posted by Steve Bichlmeier on June 1, 2014 at 6:54am

MY WORMS

I just started worm farming. I'm starting out really small. I only have 124 worms. I call them my ghetto worms. They live in a small container for now and as they multiply I will be moving them into a deluxe apartment(still not the 10 gal container). I know they wish I would go to sleep so I can stop looking at them. I know its gonna take time for them to do their magic but I am so excited I look at them all the time. I quess that why I  enjoy my small container. Im hoping to be able to…

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Posted by Shequtia Jackson on May 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Overfed a bit

Recently heavy feeding caught up a bit, bins are a little foul. Mixed the contents up, created an additional bin with fairly dry screened mostly finished compost... Then threw much of the excess food into the new bin along with a couple handfuls of worms. 

Bins are prolific, loaded with cocoons, many young worms. Just a few here and there lethargic and slightly swollen. I found one worm being eaten by mites. I might have to bait some of them out of there. 

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Posted by Dean Thomson on May 19, 2014 at 8:12pm

First entry

So I am slightly experienced vermicomposter.   I have raised red wigglers and more recently a bin of red wigglers mixed with European night crawlers. 

My order of Alabama jumpers is maybe coming at the beginning of next week?   I put it in on Monday on orderworms.com but haven't been able to get any response whatsoever from the owner :/

In the meantime I just got powdered Dolomite in the mail because I am a heavy vegetable scrap feeder and my bedding is mostly pest…

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Posted by Dean Thomson on May 16, 2014 at 8:17pm

 
 
 

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