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Worms in potted plants?
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Hi All! I still have not harvested my compost yet (started my bin in June) and now I have a huge tub almost filled to the brim with a ton of packed compost (it's glorious!!).I won't have a chance to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jean-Luc Rey Dec 15, 2012.

Watermelon seeds in my bin?
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We're not watermelon eaters, in this house, So when I found a watermelon seed looking thing in my bin (2 days ago), I cut it open w an exacto knife out of curiosity (and to make sure some weird new…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sep 4, 2012.

Composting Dog waste?
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Saw a discussion about this on the vermicomposting site but didn't want to create yet another ID for yet another forum, etc... So thought I'd bring it here to see how many of you have or currently do…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kora Aug 8, 2012.

How "wet" is wet enough?
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so somebody suggested I lay a sheet of wet (not damp) newspaper over the top of the pile in my bin to help control the little buggies that fly about whenever I move anything in the bin, which A)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ar-Pharazon Jul 2, 2012.


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When did you start composting with worms?
June 1, 2012
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Googling gardening ideas
What do your worms like to eat?
they'll be arriving this week
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
made my own
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
barely anything, I have to buy produce just to keep them fed since we are a small family with smaller appetites
About Me:
30-something work at home Mom who's found a new interest in gardening, landscaping, and composting.

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I hope.

I don't know why I suck at gardening, I've tried so hard. It seems everything I've tried to grow (admittedly, hasn't been much to date, mainly potted stuff) gets to my house / yard, and dies. So disheartening.

I did plants these purple cacti type things in a small section of ground after amending the dirt as well as I knew how, and they've taken off (out of control, I'm having to trim it often to keep it from taking over my walkway). But to be fair, these pants are… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

2013 - Year of Growth

...that's what it feels like for me anyway. 

I am getting back into VC mode and making plans to do all of the things that I didn't have the time to do last year (I started VC'ing in June)  I'm determined not to let the season get away from me this year (I have yet to do any of the landscaping and gardening I have been so eager to do since I joined this site!)

I'm in the process of harvesting now. I say it's a process because I've got a huge RM bin full of compost and a…


Posted on January 8, 2013 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

1 Month & 5 or 6 days

I set up the apple cider vinegar + dish soap traps and fly paper all over the FF areas and I'm seeing a decrease in them for sure. I also lift off the new cardboard "lid" off the bin and stir things up so they'll come flying out and swarm the bathroom they're kept in before replacing the bin cover so they can't find their way back in there (I can't believe how many of those little _______'s are in there...buried down within the Contents...). Then shut the door so they can fly around in there,… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 4:28pm — 20 Comments

Day One!!

Wormies came today. Nobody who knows me can believe how so completely INTO the vermicomposting I am, because I'm terrified of bugs. Yes, I do know that worms aren't insects, but still, they fall into the same creepy, crawly, ugly to look at (don't tell them I said that, don't want to compromise their motivation or give them complexes on their first day in a new home)  category of "things that creep/gross/freak me out".

I was absolutely giddy as I doubled up on latex gloves and…


Posted on June 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 4:12pm on June 6, 2012, Rich Feiller said…
Welcome to our forum
At 12:18pm on June 7, 2012, Alice said…

Thanks for the welcome, Rich,   I browsed around yesterday while trying to figure out if I had developed a mite problem in my bin before my worms arrived (I've been letting things "rot" for a couple of weeks now, worms are scheduled to arrive today) and it seemed like most of the posts from this site were from over a year ago. I'm happy to see there's still some action here as I'm brand new at this and I'm sure I'll have tons of questions along the way.

I'm very excited though, so excited I've been trying to think of ways to start a neighborhood composting program  (I need one more project to oversee like I need a kick in the face though, so I don't know if I'll actually pursue it...)

At 1:28pm on June 7, 2012, Joseph Despins said…

Hey Alice, welcome to Vermicomposters!

If you get the heebiejeebies when you have bugs around, try putting up some sticky traps near the worm bin if you get fungus gnats growing in the bin. Do you have a child? If so maybe you can bribe him or her to pick out the sowbugs that might get in the bin.

Good luck and have fun. BTW Fungus gnats and sowbugs are totally harmless to you. The gnats can be a problem if you have potted plants because the larvae of the gnats live in the soil and would feed on your plants' roots.

At 5:20pm on June 8, 2012, Wayne said…

Something tells me that the turtle sandbox in her photos is not something Alice plays in, so she probably has a child or two. ;-)

At 5:35pm on June 8, 2012, Alice said…
Thank you for the suggestions everybody!
At 7:03pm on June 16, 2012, Jay said…

Hi Alice,

Thanks for accepting, glad to be friends. :-) Hows ur bin goin? Mine's been in operation 21 days and has a variety of of critters that just LOVE to eat and process all the veggie matter that's put on their plates. BSFL seem to be doin the majority of the visible work. Have a nice colony of isopods that were introduced to the bin, they all seem happy, and work, eat and co-habitate nicely. Once I get my camera figured out, will take a short video clip of the sowbugs scootin around when the lid is removed. Look forward to gettin into some in depth discussions. Have a nice weekend!

At 10:44am on June 17, 2012, Alice said…

I'd love to see your video clips so that I can compare the action in our bins. I don't think I have any sowbugs (potato bugs, right?) in mine.  What is "BSFL"? And isopods? Nevermind, I've got some Googling to do... ;)

I'm giving myself 45 more min to look up all of the various reading material suggested by previous posters (something I enjoy) until I have to get back to work (something I'm dreading...ugh....)

Thank you for saying hi :)

At 1:20pm on June 17, 2012, Jerry said…

heres a link for pillbugs,,one of many on the net pillbugs

At 2:42pm on June 17, 2012, Jay said…

Isopods are sowbugs and pillbugs, which I gathered from my garden compost pile. Pics on my page. BSFL are Black Soldier Fly Larvae (look like what rhymes with aggots lol)

At 7:48pm on June 20, 2012, Jay said…

Hi Alice,

Funny thing, when you first asked about the millions of white specks on the walls if my bin, then it was pieces of egg shells. Looked in my bin tonight and there were litterally millions of tiny little white bug thingys all over the walls that disappeared after the light had been on em a while. Will hafta find out what they are...

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