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Please post here the name of any member that sends a suspicious group email. You should be receiving personal email only from members who you have accepted as "friends".Thanks for your help.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Jan 13, 2014.

"Recent Activity" replacement (hopefully short-lived)

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Started Oct 25, 2012

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This is not mandatory. I think it just makes the site a little nicer to look at. :-) As you can see from the member images on the upper left column, you do not need to insert your own photo. I use a…Continue

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I'm sure most of you also check Bentley's website, but just in case any of you missed it, here are some members recently highlighted at Red Worm Composting.Larry D.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew from California Apr 8, 2011.


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Andrew from California replied to Jean Ellis's discussion Our Landcare group would like to contact David Murphy re a Soil Health project
"Jean, try sending him a message. You will need to "friend" him and he will need to accept."
Aug 17, 2014
Richard Berkson commented on Andrew from California's blog post Earthenricher Flow-through bin
"Andrew, do you have any experience with using euros in a flow-through? I have always used redworms with good success, but someone asked me the other day about euros escaping out the bottom into the tray."
Aug 9, 2014
Candace Chen left a comment for Andrew from California
"Thanks for the advice Andrew! Should I wait until the weather cools down because of the heat during shipping or because it's hot for the worms now?"
Aug 7, 2014
Candace Chen and Andrew from California are now friends
Aug 7, 2014
Andrew from California commented on Steven Chow's group San Francisco Bay Area
"Miki at Bay Worms is probably closed down also, but you can try calling him at 510-776-6210. Jerry, the worm dude, is still in business, but he's in San Jose. Here's his…"
Aug 6, 2014
Andrew from California commented on Peter Barnard's photo

01 The Farm

"The large commercial FTs use powered winches to drag a scraper bar above the grid flooring of the bin. The smallest FT I've seen with a manual harvesting mechanism is Richard Berkson's Earthenricher. Our own Garbage Guru built a large…"
Aug 2, 2014
Andrew from California commented on Alex Wyatt's blog post Carrot Harvest!!
"Good looking carrots! The one time I grew some, they came out gnarly...still tasted good, though. Almost none of us can grow all our own food, but every little bit is something to celebrate."
Jul 23, 2014
Andrew from California replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"First, leachate is not the same as compost tea. AAVCT is made by first harvesting high quality vermicompost and then steeping that in highly aerated water. Most users of stackable bins try to avoid leachate by properly controlling moisture levels. I…"
Jul 4, 2014
Andrew from California replied to nachum hirschel's discussion how do I erase 2 pictures
"Click on a photo, then look above it on the right side for "Options". There will be an option to delete."
Jun 25, 2014
Ryin commented on Andrew from California's video

Beautiful worms

"Thats crazy !!! I'd love to try out these worms, but they are just too pricey for me. My red wigglers probably wouldnt be able to compete with the AFNC's if i mixed them !"
Jun 16, 2014
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"Reminder: Do NOT reply to any email address posted publicly on this forum by a new member. Send a "friend" request & message them."
Jun 6, 2014
Mike Porter commented on Andrew from California's blog post 14 Day "castings" concept (excerpts from "Thoughts on Vermicompost"
"Bruce Galle is now under criminal investigation, I spoke with the merchant processor and they turned off his account as he did not ship one product out and the merchant provider has lost over $5,000.00 dollars do to his scam. The BBB has a F rating…"
Jun 4, 2014
Andrew from California commented on Andrew from California's blog post Worm Suppliers & Sellers (updated)
"Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, Thomas. Did they send you another batch? They claim to have a "Live Delivery Guarantee" (with standard conditions). My one experience dealing with them was a few years ago, but everything went very…"
May 31, 2014
Ryin commented on Andrew from California's photo

32 gal. terrarium used to house 500 EEs

"how does harvesting from an aquarium work?? Is it quite the hassle?"
May 25, 2014
Ryin commented on Andrew from California's blog post My First Indoor Worm Bin..."starring" Eudrilus eugeniae aka EE
"I plan on start with European crawlers soon. My red wigglers are doing a fine job but I want a worm that can aerate and burrow into my soil. I've tried Africans with no luck. Started out with 2 lbs, and by the end of the month i found them on…"
May 25, 2014
Andrew from California replied to Steven Chow's discussion Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters?
"Karen, try a different browser."
May 11, 2014

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When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 1999
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
I forget. It was a long time ago. :-/
What do your worms like to eat?
soft, squishy stuff
What kinds of worms do you have?
E. fetida (red wigglers), E. hortensis (European nightcrawlers) & E. eugeniae (African Nightcrawlers)
What worm bins do you use?
DIY 36 gal. flow-through, 4' x 4' on-ground, 2' x 3' in-ground, 32 gal. terrarium/wormery, 30 gal. aquarium/wormery, 2 commercial compost bins
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
~10 lbs. + UCG, leaves & horse manure
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Earthenricher Flow-through bin

Yesterday I picked up an Earthenricher Flow-through bin from Richard Berkson. (clicking on underlined words/phrases will link you to the appropriate website) I'll start with some photos of the components and then describe how I am starting this wormery. I'll post occasional updates on feeding, maintenance and eventually harvesting.

The base of the bin is made from beautiful redwood. The…


Posted on October 1, 2013 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments

"Recent Activity" replacement (hopefully short-lived)

Hello, everyone.

I'm sure you've noticed that the forum hasn't been the same for a few days. As I understand it, Ning was trying to "upgrade" the RSS part of the site and instead succeeded in messing it up. As a bonus, they also wiped out our Recent Activity section.

So I'm starting this discussion/blog as a partial replacement. If you comment here, you should receive an email anytime another comment is added. Unfortunately, if this goes on for very long, you'll also need to…


Posted on October 25, 2012 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

A Small Worm Bin

I was browsing the pet store this weekend and decided to buy a 10 gallon aquarium for $10. It isn't really an ideal container for a worm bin (heavy, fragile & not opaque), but it's excellent for a show-and-tell or observation bin.

First, I'm going to cover all 4 sides of the aquarium with cardboard…


Posted on September 24, 2012 at 9:23pm

Worm Suppliers & Sellers (updated)

I am re-starting a thread that was started nearly 3 yrs. ago: Worm suppliers

Unfortunately, it has not been updated for some time. Many of the links are no longer working and the reputation of some worm sellers has changed over the years. This list will be current.

I will add names to the list regularly and try to include mini-"reviews" in the comments area. Most of these will…


Posted on May 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 26 Comments

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At 12:01pm on October 7, 2009, Sue said…
Andrew, what is the picture of your avatar of?
At 4:10pm on October 7, 2009, Sue said…
I'm a dog person. I wasn'r sure if that was a real animal or a stuffed one and I was guessing on a chow. That's so cute and the name fits.
At 8:02am on October 11, 2009, Kevin R said…
Hey Andrew,

I presume that you are also on the biopod forum? I saw a person named Andrew post there as well. I am JD2B over there.
At 1:32pm on October 11, 2009, Kevin R said…
Sounds good. If I get a hold of some styrofoam, I am going to cut out a circular piece to place on the top inside my BSFL bucket. That apparently does a great job of insulating all the heat the BSFL generate. What did you put in the bottom of your bucket? I have a layer of cardboard, then leaves, then about 6 inch of compost then more cardboard. By the time any liquid gets through all that, its pretty much just water. :)
At 9:57am on October 12, 2009, Sue said…
I apologize if you receive this message twice. I looked for the previous one but couldn't find it. Could be I didn't click on "add Comment"

Andrew, check this out. It's Jason's blog post .
I made a semilar set up but the bins are all working bins. Some of the worms keep moving DOWN and I put them into a new (3rd) bin to seed it
At 5:36pm on October 12, 2009, Sue said…
Sorry Andrew, I'm not BelgianPup.
Whenever I've found BSFL in my bins, I pick them up, pull them apart in two and throw them back in the bin.
At 8:18pm on October 12, 2009, Shannon Mulholland said…
Hey Andrew... yes my stacking bins have tops. I went to home depot (Manhattan does not have a wealth of gardening shops) and nothing jumped out that would easily slot onto one and another...hence the toped bins. I drilled holes through the bottom of one bid and the top of the next at the same time and zip tied them together. This way they are linked as one piece. Then I used (I think 5/8ths) drill bit and drilled maybe 40-50 holes in through the combined bottom/top plastic surface. I replicated this for each of the 4 layers. I have recently added a fifth layer so that the bottom layer is only for catching liquid and I have attached a spicket so that I can harvest the liquid in the bottom bin for fertilizer as well. I hope the worms to crawl up the holes but this is still in an experimental phase as I just started this new worm bin (moved from the UK a couple of months ago) and hoping it works. I've got 1lb of red worms and hoping they like their home. So far things seem good. All the best, Shannon
At 5:22pm on October 29, 2009, Mark from Kansas said…
Thank You.
At 5:31pm on November 4, 2009, Sue said…
Andrew, are you still looking for BSFL?
Somebody on GW forum got his bin covered with BSFL and is not a happy camper, lol.
You might be able to get those BSFL from him?
At 3:16pm on November 15, 2009, Bart J. Meijer said…

Thanks for the welcome and the help!
Much appreciated !

Cheers Bart

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