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Eisenia Fetida Farmers

Figured if the PE folks have a group maybe we should have one too

Members: 120
Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2014

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Brockwood Worm Sifter new Red Worm screen

Started by Harry Hopkins Aug 26, 2014.

Does sorting the earthworms by size result in boosted reproduction? 21 Replies

Started by Ioannis Oikonomopoulos. Last reply by Jacob Skye Bonilla Dec 24, 2012.

Mating with themself

Started by Brandon Koots Jul 10, 2012.

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Comment by Steven Chow on August 2, 2008 at 9:10am
I love my little EFs... very hard workers!
Comment by Emily on August 2, 2008 at 12:14pm
Mine work hard too--but they have to do so in the muck! I need drainage! Is gravel in the bottom sufficient, or should I drill holes in the bottom and place it over a tray? Hm, maybe both? It is such a small bin.

Also--FLIES. What to do? Must I start a new bin?
Comment by RJ_Hythloday on August 2, 2008 at 12:43pm
Mine seems to be doing quite well. I started w/ 5 bins but soon realized my herd wasn't there yet. I now have a bottom bin w/ newspaper to keep escapees from drowning, and a bin w/ large holes drilled in it and screen over that.

Does yours need to stay small to fit under a sink?

Yes, I'd say start a new bin, w/ lots of bedding and don't add any food till your herd can handle it.
Comment by Jenni on August 4, 2008 at 12:00pm
Hi All - Just joined the group - my little red ones are breeding like rabbits - I have 5 levels of worms in my bin and now need to start a 2nd system to keep up. Also supply the worms to new "farmers" when they buy bins from me.
Comment by John Hughes on August 17, 2008 at 3:52pm
I wonder if my EF worms are suffering a bit because of all the paste board (cereal and other food boxes) that I have added to my bins. Plus they are outside (shaded) in Central Florida (85-92 degrees) most of this summer. Even the black soldier fly larvae seem to be favoring the lower levels of the top bin (can of worms system).

After a quick search - I have read some posts on the GardenWeb forums that comment on the stickiness of pasteboard and likelihood that the clumps of this material could result in lower oxygen levels in the bin.

I have taken to shred the pieces some more and mixing them up. I hope this will distribute the microbes and speed up the decomposition process. I will likely resume to use mainly shredded newspaper in the future since I happily read in my county's solid waste division's newsletter that it has started recycling additional materials (including pasteboard) in its curbside collection program.

Anyone experiment with using pasteboard in their worm bins? How did it go?
Comment by Ioannis Oikonomopoulos on December 10, 2008 at 8:16am
Hello co-members. Nice to be with you.
It's been nice observing Eisenia Foetida earthworms
Comment by Carl on December 10, 2008 at 8:21am
Welcome Ioannis.
Comment by Ioannis Oikonomopoulos on December 10, 2008 at 10:38am
Hello Carl. Thanks for the welcome :)
I have seen that you are questioning your worms like of coffee grounds. To be honest, I had the same doubts with you when I first dumped espresso coffee grounds in my bin. This is because after some days the coffee dump would have no visitors. But now I can see few. I'll remember to keep you informed as I've heard so much about their love for coffe grounds.
Ioannis
Comment by Sue on December 22, 2008 at 10:18pm
When I bought my worms (2 weeks ago for 1/2 lb and last week 1 lb) I requested EFs and they said the worms are EFs but I do not see the yellowish colouring on the tail. Are mine EFs or something else?
I haven't really disturbed the pile, but the ones I have seen don't have the yellow tail. However, their body do have that ring texture.
Comment by Eve on December 23, 2008 at 6:08pm
Can you post a photo?

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