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When did you start composting with worms?
March 20, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Round about through square foot gardening web sites.
What do your worms like to eat?
Not sure yet.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia Fetida
What worm bins do you use?
Home made from black plastic file boxes.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Not sure of that either. I'm not giving them all the garbage we make
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I admired the worms in our backyard compost pile while turning it over on a nice day last February. It's not an unpleasant task before the fruit flies and mosquitos arrive but once they do, that activity isn't as pleasant. While we've been devout in composting our garbage for years, it's no fun trekking out there in the winter to dispose of it. I'm a bit anxious whether my worm box is a good environment and have been checking it every day. My husband donated the plastic file boxes and our son (9) helped me set the boxes up, shred paper and add worms. This is just the sort of craziness I'm into along with sewing and knitting, spinning yarn and gardening. I'm an illustrator and a painter.

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A delicate balance

Last week sometime a pice of plastic not unlike a supermarket shopping bag landed on top of my worm bin. My husband didn't stop to remove it, thinking it was no big deal. I noticed on returning from work, when I usually check on the worms. Though it didn't even cover the… Continue

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment


Unlike last winter, we're having a real one here on Long Island. I can tell by the number of days I have been grateful for my winter coat. Last year, I rued having bought a coat with a sub zero rating. This year, not so much. During a for real cold snap, I got it into my head to bring the worms in from our attached but unheated garage into the downstairs powder room that doesn't get much traffic. I was afraid the worms would freeze in the garage. This resulted in an explosion of fruit flies,… Continue

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 1:10pm

The Great Migration

I stopped adding food to my first earth worm bin on October 1. I've put my second homemade bin, bottom full of holes on top of it, added newspaper and a little food. Worms were actually starting to travel to the new bin inside of a week. This setup is in my unheated garage. It's cover is an old t-shirt. I'm wondering if when it gets much colder, I can put the plastic lid back atop the bin to hold in heat. I don't know whether this will happen or it will just prevent evaporation, leaving the… Continue

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 3:23pm


The worms seem to be wriggling along nicely. We were away for a week in Maine, came back, everything is status quo. SInce I took today to clean out the fridge, I gave the worms half a head of lettuce, 2 stalks desiccated celery, couple mouldy blueberries, 6 corn tortillas. I want to see what they do with the offering and how fast it disappears. I think I'm moving past the fretful stage. I haven't been feeding them a lot and may step it up to see what happens.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 3:02pm

How many is TOO many?

Yesterday June 18, my son made a banana smoothie after school. At 4:00 PM I placed the entire banana peel on the surface of the worm bin contents and replaced the piece of newsprint lying on the surface. I wanted to see how fast the mites and worms could eat it. It hadn't been frozen or ripened, I left it whole so I could possible recognize it for what it was as the process goes along. Today, June 19 12:00 PM, here's what it looks like:

Brothers and… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

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At 11:13am on April 11, 2009, Berry Purp said…
Listen, going out to throw out the compost is the best part of many days. The further the walk the better. We mix leaves with vegetable scraps. Do you think that's a good idea?

At 9:16am on April 13, 2009, Brian Stephens said…
No problem on the EarthTainer link. I had a bit of a problem running down the pond filters they suggest, but I ended up winging it with a small colander. Last year I grew cucumbers out of it and they went crazy. Good luck.
At 5:19am on April 29, 2009, Eve said…
Sorry for the late reply i have hadn't checked my mail for a while.

The sifter is copied from Jeffrey Schaefers photos he does a fairly good job explaining how to make one.
At 8:16am on May 6, 2009, Brent Anderson said…
Hey Anna- Not to get cocky.... but I'm an expert. I was originally responding to "What's the worm doing", but wanted to comment on the above post. Springtails are not a problem... However they do like "over-wet" conditions and will explode if the conditions get too wet for the worms. From your picture it is apparent that the worms are suffering from protein poisoning. I would suggest adding finely ground eggshells to lower the acidity. Egg cartons, saw-dust, corrigated card-board all work well to dry out a bin. Mix them in throughout the bin as well as on top.

The worms will always eat faster if you cover the food with a couple of inches worm compost.
And I didn't see any photos, but baby worms are completly clear. Then they turn white; and then red. If you are seeing only little itty bitty (nearly the thickness of thread) white worms then they are probably babies. If they are larger then they are pot worms
At 8:23am on May 6, 2009, GoldeNature said…
Hye there, come visit my website.
At 8:23am on May 7, 2009, GoldeNature said…
No, my city burn garbage.
I use worm organic fertilizer for my farm and trade my product.
At 12:44am on June 5, 2009, Susan B said…
Almost everything was imported. Some of the seed plants, birds and insects made it before the 1st Hawaiians. The first Hawaiians brought flowering plants (and a lot more). Everything else (most of what you see here) has been introduced since Captain Cook. Any isolated island is similar to the Galapagos in the sense that the species have become unique and are going extinct fast because of invasive species. Sigh. Worms have been here for 100s of years (or so I've heard.) I'm glad you've joined our group! Susan.

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