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The Worm Factory is an upward migration composting worm bin. We created this group to allow owners of the Worm Factory to discuss their experience with it and to allow others who are interested in the product to learn more about it.

Website: http://www.naturesfootprintinc.com
Location: Bellingham, WA
Members: 132
Latest Activity: Jul 30

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Comment by Paula Allen on November 18, 2010 at 12:16pm
The worms have arrived. Yippee! The worms are now settling into there new home.
Comment by Paula Allen on November 27, 2010 at 6:47pm
I had to redo the 1st tray today. The newspaper on the bottom became to damp and the worms kept falling down to the base. I added there food like Rock does. Im going to wait a week before I check on them. I will check the base though.
Comment by Vermi Poster on November 27, 2010 at 7:56pm
Hi Paula, you wrote "I added there food like Rock does." Could you point me to the message/instructions you are referring to? Thanks!
Comment by Paula Allen on November 27, 2010 at 8:25pm
Hi Vermi Poster on Rocks home page he has a blog Worm Factory 360 Research and Practice. It is very detailed. He is a good person to ask about the WF 360. Im trying to follow what he has done with his system.
Comment by Paula Allen on November 27, 2010 at 8:26pm
If I could figure out how the heck to add hyper links I would. Just go to members type in Rock and you will find him. Let me know if this helps.
Comment by Vermi Poster on November 27, 2010 at 11:55pm
Comment by CathyM on November 28, 2010 at 8:28pm
I harvested a WF360 tray today that had some perlite:

You can see a larger piece of perlite in the top left quarter, most of the pieces are small and hardly noticeable. I used the vc to top dress my raised beds which are following a square garden approach which uses a soiless medium of compost, peat moss (coir is a substitute) and vermiculite to retain moisture (perlite is a substitute for vermiculite). Since I am in California, our dry climate is an issue 3/4 of the year. One section that was top dressed today:

I have also harvested trays that do not have perlite but have quite a bit of egg shell and I found the eggshell to be more noticeable (I didn't pulverize it).

I probably won't purchase perlite to put in my WF360 but will use the remainder of what came with it.
Comment by Paula Allen on November 28, 2010 at 8:45pm
Nice Cathy. I hope to do the square foot gardens in spring. I plan to use shredded leaves in plase of peat moss. The Vermiculite, non worm compost. I will use the VC as a top dressing. I hope to start seed starting after the 1st of the year.
Comment by Eve on November 28, 2010 at 9:20pm
Paula using the leaves it sounds like you want to do a Lasagna garden. Basically they just keep adding mulch to the gardens. The can make the garden on top of the ground by laying out thick pads of newspaper then adding the mulch on top. To start with the garden is set up in the fall and by spring the worms and microbes have turned the mulch into the best garden soil there is. You just scratch the top mulch away to get to the finished compost to plant.

I don't see why it wouldn't work in a square foot garden.

If you want to read up on Lasagna gardening there is a book by Patricia Lanza
Lasagna Gardening

I would do it myself but there just isn't a source for mulch here in the mountains, except shredded paper and the worms get that.
Comment by CathyM on November 28, 2010 at 10:09pm
Thanks Paula, sounds like you and I are following similar paths. It will be fun to compare notes. I started with worms in April and the raised beds in Sept.

Eve, I put cardboard on the bottom of my beds and some kelp from the ocean before the Mel's mix, so a little bit of lasagna influence. I like the no dig, not till approach. I was anxious to get these beds started by Labor Day for a fall planting so purchased most of the mix. I have one more bed to do which I will layer more like lasagna and let it age before planting. I buried a fish carcass in one bed and am aging some lobster shells in compost to use when I convert from fall to spring plants. Having fun with this and enjoying some good salads from the garden.

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