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Californian Vermicomposters

Vermicomposters from California and/or surrounding areas to exchanges questions, ideas, and helpful hints to fellow vermicomposters in similar climate and geographical conditions!

Location: Sacramento, California
Members: 63
Latest Activity: Jun 16

Discussion Forum

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth 2 Replies

Started by Rich Yarger. Last reply by J Tyler Nov 11, 2013.

How big should my bin be?

Started by Julia Jaye Posin Sep 5, 2012.

MY First Bin 2 Replies

Started by Keith Reber. Last reply by Andrew from California May 12, 2011.

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Comment by Beth & Dave on May 1, 2009 at 10:31am
Hi Duane,
We have heard that the red wigglers and the Euros work well together, but we haven't tried it. We need to keep ours separate so that our customers get the specific type of worm that they ordered.
Beth & Dave
Comment by Stephen Sibley on May 6, 2009 at 12:12am
what do you guys think would be a good way of keeping worms in bathtubs, in the proper (an)aerobic state? like sticking PVC pipes into it maybe to take oxygen to the center? or maybe have a large pvc pipe sitting in the tub with lots of wholes, and two others connecting it to oxygen outside?....anything?

bath tub
wood blocks
metal mesh wire
shredded paper
manure (with food mixed)
shredded paper as top

i feed them kitchen scraps with handfuls of the worm fattening recipe mixed into the manure under several inches of paper to keep the flies away

5 parts chicken layer pellets or chick starter
2 parts wheat or rice bran
2 parts alfalfa pellets
1 part whole wheat flour
1 part agricultural lime
1 part powdered milk

any recommendations on my process?
Comment by Beth & Dave on July 1, 2009 at 7:33pm
Duane,
Back on May 1 you asked if we have tried combining worms. We have a Gusanito Worm farm bin that we use for demonstration purposes. We decided to combine the three worms that we raise as an experiment to see how well they would work together and also so that we could show people the different types of red composting worms. We combined the EFs, the ENCs and the African NCs. They are all working quite well together and easily migrating upward.
Beth
Comment by Duane on July 3, 2009 at 9:33pm
Beth & Dave,
Thanks for the update. Please let me know if you notice anything different with that combination. I'd like to try that when the weather gets a little cooler here.
Duane
Comment by Stephen Sibley on July 8, 2009 at 2:14pm
hey all-

I have been having good luck with the two kohler bath tubs. approx 4lbs in each...but i think i am going to change to largest plastic totes. I think they totes are a little better because of the extra drainage holes across the bottom, and around the top for air flow. In the bath tub it requires me turning them much more often.

Ill try to update my pictures and the conditions of the worm farm.

how many worms do you have, and how do you personally tell when they are ready to harvest? I know if you want the castings more pure, you will lose more worms, but if you are harvesting for maximum worm count, the castings will not be as pure.

what have you all learned from your experiences? any tricks or advice you can share with me?
Comment by Melody Horrell on September 17, 2009 at 4:57pm
Hi! I am in Sacramento, and just started my first bin yesterday - I think it is a 14-gal storage bin, and I added 1/2 pound of worms. I am hoping to learn from all of you!
Comment by Beth & Dave on September 21, 2009 at 7:32am
Hi Melody,
Good luck with your worm bin. We live in Antioch and run a worm business out of our garage. If you ever want to stop by or if you have any questions just send us a message.
Beth
Comment by Renee on September 23, 2009 at 1:44pm
I'm in the Sacramento area and have a rubbermade worm bin outside that I started in June. The worms seem to be happy! I wonder if I need another bin? I could add food scraps at least everyweek or more but don't for fear of overfeeding. Enjoying the whole process so far.
Renee
Comment by Jessica White on September 29, 2009 at 9:45am
Hello! I'm actually in Modesto, CA. I don't have any bins yet, but plan to make a couple Rubbermaid ones.
Comment by Beth & Dave on September 29, 2009 at 11:48am
Renee,
Definitely start another bin. You could use some of the worms from your first bin. If you end up with more vermicompost than you can use, there are a lot of community gardens around or friends and neighbors that would love to have it.
Beth

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