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Ideas on harvesting vermicompost?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Asha Jun 26, 2008.

 

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When did you start composting with worms?
May 20, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Through magazine/internet articles. I was already trying out basic kitchen composting
What do your worms like to eat?
kitchen wastes
What worm bins do you use?
Terracotta pots from www.dailydump.org. The particular system is called kambha.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
about 3
My Vermicomposters.com Map Entry URL:
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About Me:
Enjoy vermicomposting and the wonders it does for my garden! Love the fact that I have much less garbage to pile on to an already overburdened city. My bit :)
Happily married, mother of two. Graphic Designer by profession. Also enjoy sewing, cooking... generally pottering around my home.

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At 4:01pm on June 27, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
I love your garden.
I visited the site daily dump and really liked the idea of the gamlas. I can't find on the internet where they are for sale out side of India. I suppose I could make my own and incorperate worms into the concept. Do you know if the inner sleeve is perforated or how does the compost leach out into the soil.
I would love to see more pics of your garden and set up.
Nathan J.
At 11:56pm on June 29, 2008, Asha said…
Hi Nathan, its nice to see your interest and enthusiasm! I think I have answered your question on how the gamla works on your post (it is my guess, but it should be right). I will take pictures of the gamla when I get a chance.
At 10:03pm on July 2, 2008, Susan B said…
Asha, Do you know what type of worm you're using? For a (so far very short) discussion on vermicomposting in tropical settings, check out http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/verm/msg070333049371.html?2
If the link doesn't work, then gardenweb.com, forums, vermocomposting forum and the thread titled 'types of earthworms....'

I saw someone ask about something in your garden, but don't know where to look to see if you answered. You have what looks like 2 garden pots, one on top of the other with the top one upside down. Is that something special? What's it for?
At 10:26pm on July 2, 2008, Asha said…
Susan, I have no clue as to the name of the worms. I bought it from a Government agency here that does organic farming and also sells vermicompost.
For me, vermicomposting is a recent graduation from basic kitchen composting. Yesterday, I found that a few of my worms had strayed out of the bin - and I thought everything was going just perfect till then! So there are times when I think these worms are just getting ahead of me (frustrating!).
But thanks to your suggestions about harvesting, I did have an efficient (according to my standard :) ) harvest last weekend.

I had replied to Nathan's questions at
http://vermicomposters.ning.com/forum/topic/show?id=2094123%3ATopic%3A2693
and
http://vermicomposters.ning.com/photo/photo/show?id=2094123%3APhoto%3A2445&context=user

The garden pots are just temporary measures to store my onion & garlic peels because I am not sure about adding them to the worms' feed. Planning to take them off. But of late I have just been adding my onion/garlic peels directly to the soil. Found that it really doesn't matter too much as its just similar to dried leaves. Rats or squirrels don't care much for it.
At 2:19pm on July 5, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Hi Asha :)
Yes thanks the cooling system is back up and running I have the temp stable at around 84 degrees right now. I estimate that I probably have around 400 worms left, so that should be enough to get started again without having to buy more.
I am curious what is the temperature that you have your worms at??
Perhaps the terracotta is a better alternative for hot area?
Thanks for uploading the pics of your system.
Hope you are having a good weekend.
Nathan J.
At 6:14am on July 6, 2008, Asha said…
I really have no clue as to what temps the worm bin is at. Our temparatures rarely cross 90 and my pots are well in the shade. (Bangalore is at a slightly higher altitude than its neighbouring regions.)
But terracotta does make it cooler than the outside temparatures, mainly because it is porous and water evaporates from the walls, thus cooling the system. Here people sometimes use terracotta pots to store drinking water. It was more popular in the days the refrigerator was not so common.
At 8:25am on July 6, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Good evening Asha :)
Thanks for the interst in by starter plugs.
In the past I have purchsed starter plugs from a company called Park Seeds. They are biodegradeable sponges. Most likely made up of peat moss held together with some sort of organic binder.
I enjoy trying to puzzle things out so in my spare time I have been trying to work out how they hold it together. While I realize that they are compressed I needed to be able to hold them together without the aid of a hydrolic press.
Part of my self imposed restrictions is that I have to work with household supplies (low tech), nothing special order.
So to make a long story short after looking at corn starch, potato starch, I settled on gelatin because it is flexable.
They work pretty well and hold together acceptably.
I let them dry overnight before planting the seeds.
As far as a recepie (sp?) 2 handfulls peat, 1 handfull coconut coir, 1 handfull of vermicompost, 1 package unflavored gelatin disolved in 12 oz hot water.
At 9:42pm on July 6, 2008, Asha said…
Thanks Nathan :) , I'm going to try this out too. Sounds very sensible.
At 6:49am on July 7, 2008, Meg said…
Hi Asha, thank you for the kind welcome! I'm happy to be here and look forward to reading through the site. As far as onion peels... they do disappear in the bin for me. It could be the worms, could be natural degrading, not sure. All I know is that they are gone! :)

My worms also eat banana peels and whatever else I put in the bin from the kitchen. I'm happy to have them! Keeping a worm bin in NYC makes a lot of sense to me, as most of us have no outdoor space.
At 11:01am on July 11, 2008, Betts Davis said…
Yes, I have! But I have only recently started haunting vermicompost forums on line. Although I've had worms for a long time, I find there is really a whole lot about it I don't know. I'm learning a lot of stuff.
I also got the idea (from someone's comment at gardenweb.com) to offer a starter set of worms to people on Freecycle. I put the notice up last night, and I had three responses within thirty minutes! Isn't that cool?
There are about a dozen requests by now, and I can't spare that many worms, but I told the people there would be extra worms again soon. This weekend three people are coming to each get a yogurt container full of worms. I'm excited.
I'm going to ask each of them to promise to get at least one other person started with vermicomposting as soon as their bins fill up.
And are those your compost bins in the pictures above? They are bee-yootiful! I've never seen anything like them.
Betts

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