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Brent Anderson
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  • Fort Bragg, CA
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Praise your worm-bin...... or not.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Nov 24, 2008.


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When did you start composting with worms?
March 1, 2000
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
High School Demonstration
What do your worms like to eat?
everything: Coffee Grounds, tea, grass, eggshells, Fruit and Vegetable scraps, Bread, sawdust, sand, card board, yard waste, manure, and spoiled foods
What kinds of worms do you have?
"Red Wigglers" Eisenia fetida
What worm bins do you use?
(1) Homemade, one tier horizontal, (1) commercial, two tiered vertical, (1) Converted utility sink
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
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At 2:45pm on March 3, 2009, Stephen Sibley said…
gosh yes, this is GREAT news, if you could find out about the dealer in sonoma that would be terrific. Also, i am definitely still interested in creating a larger farm, right now i am messing around with the idea of building a frame for a couple bath tubs (for ease of drainage and size compared to plastic totes) but i am definitely going to need to make some sort of windrow and could therefore benefit greatly from ur advice!

thanks again!
At 5:21pm on March 4, 2009, Stephen Sibley said…
again, A LOT of great info! i was able to pick up 2 kohler bath tubs brand new with small cracks in the top corners, for free...and finally got a few pics of my system, so please check those out and feel free to give any constructive criticism....i am going to look more deeply into the windrow's u r referring to, and would be interested in learning what you did with urs!

I am definitely with you as far as still being able to make improvements and advancements in the area!

as for vermicomposting and vermiculture, I am sort of into vermiculture which is more of the business side, raising and selling worms/castings....however it is just a hobby for me right now and i am going to use the worms/castings in my well as feed them kitchen scraps etc... so i guess its a little of each. however, if you look up vermicomposting on it says to see vermiculture, so im really not sure what the difference is!
At 8:59pm on March 18, 2009, Micah said…
I appreciate the long post! When you talk about bio mass are you referring to the worm castings? I have noticed that with the worm factory I have very little worm tea. It seems like the castings absorb all of the liquid. I have also noticed that the worm castings seem to be heavy and saturated. My 1st working tray seems to way about 20 pounds now.
At 9:49pm on March 21, 2009, Micah said…
I have read some posts on about windrows. I figured you would be the one to go to for more information on this. What are windrows?
At 10:46pm on March 22, 2009, Micah said…
The 50 gallon food barrel design sounds interesting. Do you ever share photos of your finished designs? I can understand if you don't.
At 5:10pm on March 23, 2009, Stephen Sibley said…
hey there....have you had any personal successes with any type of worm-fattening foods, powders, grains etc that are really worthwhile?

whats the best way to get them to mass reproduce? anything more than just trying to ensure favorable environment?
At 8:59pm on March 25, 2009, Micah said…
20 pounds of garbage! Wow I barely produce 1 pound of vegetable scraps within a 2 week period. How are you able to find 20 pounds of food for your worms each week?
At 8:06pm on April 21, 2009, Micah said…
I figure you have been busy like me. You don't seem to be very active on this site lately. I am thinking about the future of my worm composting hobby and I believe I want to focus on vermiculture rather than vermicompost. I was on E-bay and saw that people sell and buy worms regularly. I haven't done any research, but just from searching on E-bay it appears that more money is made with selling worms than the actual compost; I could be wrong though. Do you have any tips that could lead me in the right direction for a future business of raising and selling red wigglers?
At 8:28am on May 6, 2009, Anna Rich said…
Thanks Brent! Consensus has it that my bin is too wet. I just ground up some egg shells this morning but now I'm going to mix in dry bedding too.
At 5:17pm on May 6, 2009, bpearcy10 said…
I'd love to see a picture of the converted utility sink. I've been trying to think of ways to make a worm bin out of mine.

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