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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

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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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Milt replied to Andrew from California's discussion Purina (earthworm chow) sales representative
"On their computer it's listed as 'Earthworm Chow'. If they type in 'worm chow' nothing shows up. You might try that."
13 hours ago
Gary Staffeldt replied to Andrew from California's discussion Purina (earthworm chow) sales representative
"Hi John    I am having a problem finding Purina worm chow.  I live in Ohio, and have stopped at several dealers.  When asked about worm chow they do not have a clue.  Maybe it is not sold in Ohio.  Can you give me some…"
22 hours ago
Gary Staffeldt replied to Andrew from California's discussion Purina (earthworm chow) sales representative
"Hi Andrew    Am looking for a dealer in Ohio that would carry Purina worm chow, but so far, every dealer I call hasn't a clue what I am talking about.  Would you give me some direction?                                                              …"
22 hours ago
Andrew from California replied to Steven's discussion Scaling Up
"The Boxwood (2nd link) folks did the side migration method so they wouldn't need to screen material to remove worms. Sierra Worms is a commercial enterprise, so they use a pretty good harvester to separate worms from VC. If your winters are as…"
Sunday
Andrew from California replied to Reneé's discussion Looking For Blue Worms, (Perionyx excavatu)
"I hope you're able to find PE to raise. Please let us know about the ideal controlled environment for them and how it worked out for you. Quite a number of people have had problems with PE mixed in with EF they had purchased, so any help with…"
Sunday
Andrew from California replied to Reneé's discussion Looking For Blue Worms, (Perionyx excavatu)
"Sayla, that's good to know. I wonder if mixing species calms them down? I assume you keep bin temps moderate so the Euros don't suffer; the milder temps will also help keep the PEs calmer. Euros, PE & EE all can mass migrate out of a…"
Saturday
Andrew from California replied to Reneé's discussion Looking For Blue Worms, (Perionyx excavatu)
"You will need to use special measures to confine them; either an electric "fence" (wire) or a salt smear. Otherwise they will sneak under any lid that is not absolutely air tight. I've also heard they're very quick to slither…"
Saturday
Andrew from California replied to Reneé's discussion Looking For Blue Worms, (Perionyx excavatu)
"You may want to consider African Nightcrawlers. There are a couple of reputable folks selling those. They are much larger than PE, but have the same preference for warm temps and the same tendency to wander out of worm bins. You'll want to…"
Friday
Andrew from California replied to Reneé's discussion Looking For Blue Worms, (Perionyx excavatu)
"Renee, P. excavatus are considered pests by most commercial worm farmers. They do well in warm weather, but die when it gets cold. Unless you are planning a heated bin, some other species would be better for No.Cal. Although I've never seen…"
Friday
Andrew from California replied to Steven's discussion Scaling Up
"I wouldn't worry about composting worms "ravishing" anything except each other. The chances are that manure worms are already well established in your area. The cheapest outdoor bin would be an on-ground system. Here are examples of…"
Friday
Andrew from California replied to Lee madenford 's discussion Need worms
"Here are some other ideas to get worms to start vermicomposting: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/verm/msg0912365728663.html?3"
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Andrew from California commented on Al's blog post Earthenricher flow_through bin - 2
"Richard, do you happen to have a video posted of someone using the harvesting mechanism? That might be helpful for those of us trying it for the first time. I'd forgotten about the possibility of angling the rake pins to scrape shorter depths.…"
Apr 3
Andrew from California commented on Al's blog post Earthenricher flow_through bin - 2
"When do you think you might try the first harvest? I had to restart mine because I let it dry out too much, which caused a massive self-harvest. So it'll be a while before I can try the harvesting mechanism. Your last photo shows about 6"…"
Apr 3
Andrew from California replied to thuan's discussion Tea brewer
"Didn't see this question until today. I didn't really get into any real trouble, but some folks here warned me of the possibility of brewing bad microbes. I think your air pump is much better than mine. If you start with good VC, it should…"
Mar 21
Greg Garriss commented on Andrew from California's blog post Earthenricher Flow-through bin
"It's a bed of thumbtacks "stamper" I made for aerating plastic grow bags in my greenhouse. It perforates paper and people too."
Mar 15
Greg Garriss commented on Andrew from California's blog post Earthenricher Flow-through bin
"Humidity is not an issue here.. 50% is an incredibly dry day. But I also have a tool that should work nicely for aerating the paper."
Mar 15

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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…

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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…

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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 8:47pm — 3 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…

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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…

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Posted on May 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 25 Comments

Comment Wall (167 comments)

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 .
http://vermicomposters.ning.com/profiles/blogs/good-thing-i-have-a-catch-bin
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…
Andrew,
Thank You.
Mark
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?
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/verm/msg1116284517274.html?3
At 3:16pm on November 15, 2009, Bart J. Meijer said…
Andrew,


Thanks for the welcome and the help!
Much appreciated !

Cheers Bart

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