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Worm Farm
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Hey guys!Me and a group of people are interested in starting a worm farm here in Curaçao. I wanted to know what's the best way to do it, what the best worms are that we can use and what is the best…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenn Wilson Nov 1, 2013.

African nightcrawlers
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I have a bin with african nightcrawlers. It's like a bucket and I drilled holes in the lid. I started out by adding about 20 cm of bedding to the bin. The worms don't seem to be reproducing and I see…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brandon Koots Sep 23, 2013.

Using buckets as worm bin
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Hi!It has been a very long time since I've visited this site.I've been thinking about buying African Nightcrawlers. I already have a worm bin with red worms. I first thought about mixing them…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth J Sep 21, 2013.

Harvesting time!
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I harvested some of the VC in my worm bin yesterday. I was shocked from how many cocoons I found in there. I think I found more than 100 cocoons. Some of them were big, and others were very very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Thompson Nov 17, 2012.

 

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Dec 23, 2014
Glenn Wilson replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Worm Farm
"  There should be some videos on this site. I use a Worm Factory, tubs and a Worm Wigwam. I also have a 9 x 12 manure bed that has a lot of Night Crawlers. There are lot of videos on UTUBE also. I try to keep the worms between 60 and 80 F and…"
Nov 1, 2013
Brandon Koots replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Worm Farm
"Hey, Thanks for your answer. They deliver pretty fast. Two weeks max. How should I make their bin?"
Nov 1, 2013
Glenn Wilson replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Worm Farm
"Try starting out with a book http://www.amazon.com/Worms-Eat-My-Garbage-Composting/dp/0977804518/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383276839&sr=1-1&keywords=worms  Your in a remote place, so I don't how fast they can deliver…"
Oct 31, 2013
Brandon Koots posted a discussion

Worm Farm

Hey guys!Me and a group of people are interested in starting a worm farm here in Curaçao. I wanted to know what's the best way to do it, what the best worms are that we can use and what is the best thing to feed them.The temperatures here in Curaçao can get up to 31*C. In these months it's rainy so the temperatures are a bit lower. If you guys need any more information, don't hesitate to ask. I will answer anything to get the help needed.Thanks!See More
Oct 31, 2013
Brandon Koots replied to Brandon Koots's discussion African nightcrawlers
"I didn't say they aren't doing well. They just don't eat the food scraps. They prefer the bedding."
Sep 23, 2013
Mike R replied to Brandon Koots's discussion African nightcrawlers
"How many worms do you have? 20cm of bedding isn't that much. If your bin isn't doing well, adding more food is not a good idea. Your worms probably need more bedding. They eat the bedding as well as food, and they are not going to…"
Sep 22, 2013
Tim Herron replied to Brandon Koots's discussion African nightcrawlers
"how big is the bucket, how many worms are you putting in it, how old/big are the worms, you said they are ANC, what is the ambient, and or dirt temp, how wet ot dry is the dirt, what kind of food are you using?"
Sep 22, 2013
Brandon Koots replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Using buckets as worm bin
"My worms only stay in the bottom of the bin feeding on the newspapers down there"
Sep 21, 2013
Brandon Koots replied to Brandon Koots's discussion African nightcrawlers
"I use newspaper and it has peat moss mixed in it because that came in their package. The bin has been in operation since July/August. I read rabbit manure really helps fattening them up and boost cocoon production so tomorrow I will add some rabbit…"
Sep 21, 2013
Christopher John White replied to Brandon Koots's discussion African nightcrawlers
"Hi Brandon, what type of bedding do you use, I find the heat in the bedding creates the conditions for micro flora to attack food and break it down quicker, also the depth of bedding creates heat as well. How long has your bin been in operation,…"
Sep 20, 2013
Christopher John White replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Using buckets as worm bin
"Hi folks, I  was educated  to use shallow long containers for worms, as they mostly use the  first  six inches. I have to get my head around this new concept of 5 gall buckets, but there is a lot of ways to operate. I am…"
Sep 20, 2013
Brandon Koots posted a discussion

African nightcrawlers

I have a bin with african nightcrawlers. It's like a bucket and I drilled holes in the lid. I started out by adding about 20 cm of bedding to the bin. The worms don't seem to be reproducing and I see lots of small worms. Like they are not growing. I notice that the bedding is being decomposed and the food sometimes go faster than others.I was reading a forum of which is better: Surface feeding or burying the food. What would be better for my bin? I don't want the worms ti die off...See More
Sep 20, 2013
Brandon Koots replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Using buckets as worm bin
"I don't think you should. I think it can stress them out if you do"
Sep 20, 2013
Susan Hiller replied to Brandon Koots's discussion Using buckets as worm bin
"I hope digging around a bin doesn't hurt the worms.  I'm always diggin...  :("
Sep 20, 2013
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"Hey, thanks for posting this.  Went out to make my first batch this year and forgot some things.  I'm still amending my soil, so I add powdered alfalfa (ground rabbit pellets in a coffee grinder).  I'm still wondering how…"
Sep 8, 2013

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When did you start composting with worms?
August 1, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
From a gardening lesson I went.
What do your worms like to eat?
Pumpkins, watermelon, papaya.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia Foetida
What worm bins do you use?
A wooden bin I made myself and a Worm Factory
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
I don't know about that.
About Me:
I'm 15 years old and have been growing my own vegetables for 4 years now. I love composting with worms.
Website:
http://www.hydroponics-curacao.com

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At 4:12pm on July 9, 2012, Terry Black said…

Sorry it took me so long to accept your friend request. I didn't even know I needed to! You have some really interesting photos here.

At 7:36pm on July 13, 2012, John Duffy said…

Hello Brandon. Hope you have as much fun with worms that the rest of us do

At 4:53pm on July 17, 2012, Robin said…

Thank you! I can see myself spending hours on this site :)

At 10:53pm on August 5, 2012, Andrew from California said…

Yes, people often receive a mix of red & blue worms. Unfortunately they prefer different conditions and behave differently, so it's not easy to set up bin conditions to please both. Blues are also notorious for leaving a worm bin en masse. That's just one reason why they're not the best composting worms for most people.

At 11:43am on August 6, 2012, Andrew from California said…

Sounds like you got what you wanted. EF would also do fine in your climate, but PE & EE will thrive. You might want to consider filling your wooden bin with pre-soaked cardboard to about 12" depth and just let the worms access the whole bin. Most of them will stay around where the food is placed, but it does no harm to give them space to roam. My worms seem to grow larger when they have more space. PE move pretty fast, so I don't think you have to worry about them finding each other to mate. If they ever do start to wander out of the bin, search for "shock fence" or "salt jelly" here to read about how to keep them inside the bin.

At 12:42pm on August 6, 2012, Rich Feiller said…
Brandon i have a lot of pe's they are great, they multiply like crazy, but i have yet to see one of the cocoons they are very small.
At 8:39pm on August 6, 2012, Brenda R said…

Hi Brandon,

 The first few trays, I used the coir provided and leaves crushed up from outside, along with shredded newspaper, cardboard, brown paper bags and regular junk paper. I stopped using the glossy papers, they dont seem to break down very well.  What I have noticed in my bins, I find little balls of paper and they usually have worms in there.  I also crush my egg shells up. as fine as I can. I also turn the bins about once a week, just to aerate them and break up any big clumps. I save my food scraps in a coffee can , boy does that stink when I open it, but the worms seem to love it.  I just rotate corners when I feed, usually 2 or 3 times a week.  I also cut the scraps up as small as possible. Xtra scraps I put in the freezer for later use. Hope this helps

At 9:16pm on August 6, 2012, Brenda R said…

Guess I should have said I mix the paper in a separate bag, and then just pull out handfuls as needed.  Plus I shred my paper with a paper shredder. I also dont pre soak the bedding, just spray it with water, and then put damp paper over the top

At 4:04am on August 8, 2012, Janis Clone said…

Brandon, I have been reading your blog and I must say its really great. Its good to see a 15 year old experimenting and acquiring as much knowledge as you are in something other then video games. Who got you interested in this hobby? Keep up the good work!

At 2:29pm on August 9, 2012, Andrew from California said…
I would probably concentrate all my worms in the one big box. Save the WF for when you have a lot more worms. Or you could prepare it now and throw in any EF that you find in the coming months.

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My wooden worm bin

Hi guys!

Well, before I started with my worm factory, I had this wooden bin with a few worms. None of them were mature yet. 

I started out with newspapers in 1 corner of the bin. 

When the worms in there become mature, I transfer them to my Worm Factory. Which only has mature worms in it. And the…

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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 1:38pm

 
 
 

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