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Daniel J Kline
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What my worms like to eat. What about yours?
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The study of worm cuisine preferences is so interesting. They are teaching me a lot about what they like.The freezer had held a package of corn on the cob, store bought, for almost a year. So... I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel J Kline Apr 24, 2014.

Composting leaves with worms, moles, and cold weather.
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I have 3 plastic bins of worm composting going that can use all of my kitchen scraps, etc. They do a good job & have been a good education. I started the first one in July, 2012.My gardening…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel J Kline Oct 4, 2013.

 

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When did you start composting with worms?
August 15, 2012
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
watching YouTube videos
What do your worms like to eat?
Kitchen scraps, composted leaves with coffee grounds
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red wigglers & a few others
What worm bins do you use?
3 plastic bin systems and 4x12x2 bed on a slab
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Have not weighed
About Me:
After a life in Christian ministry I have retired in 2000 to a hobby of hybridizing the garden perennial known as the daylily. I have about half an acre of plants, most of which I have grown from seed in an effort to introduce beautiful high performance plants.
My soil was very poor when I started and contained almost no worms. Soil improvement led me to vermicomposting.
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http://www.plantstep.com/FlowerCatalog.psl?action=11165

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Planning and building a high volume flow through vermicompost bin.

I have to get serious in building compost. I need a lot of it. I also need a lot of mulch. I could use 300 cu ft between now (10/12/2013) and the first of the year. I cannot afford to buy it. I must make it.

My county quit their yard waste recycling service. I had been getting 6 pickup loads per year of their mulch to lay on my gardens. I hybridize daylilies as my retirement hobby in the hopes of it more than paying its way. I have breeder plants that stay in place 3 or 4 years. I…

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Posted on October 12, 2013 at 11:43am — 6 Comments

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At 11:59am on March 6, 2015, Danner said…

Thanks Daniel, for your comment on my video on My Page.  I appreciate the info about your feed rate and experience with volume changes. My precomposted material was a bit overstabilized, so I think I'm not providing the maximum food content for the amount of feedstock I'm adding.  Probably giving me less reduction.  This will improve with time.  Also, nice tip about running the cake knife around the sides! I don't think my wife will mind much... Looking forward to first harvest in a few weeks.

Danner

At 2:04pm on March 7, 2015, Daniel J Kline said…

I also have found that if I let hot compost cook too long, the worms finish it very rapidly.

So... I seek to make sure all the product has achieved the temps/time to kill pathogens/seeds. If I am satisfied, I immediately spread it out to cool on a concrete pad, where I leave it overnight. Then I put it in the worm bins, and any excess goes in large plant pots and gets covered to protect from sun/rain.

This slows all bacterial action and sits nicely in the pots/buckets until time to feed it.

I have found it possible to do large piles in winter if you cover with carpets and poly above that. I run perforated piping underneath to help with aerobic action. I also monitor all aspects of the pile with a compost thermometer.

I have also found that oak family tree leaves do not hot compost. They over-winter in a large wet pile and get fed in the spring. I try to only get oak that has been carefully raked to avoid stones, mulch, weeds, etc. I have thought of drying it, placing it in a black 55 gallon barrel on a roof to achieve 150F temps to kill seed.

If I could achieve all I conceive---- wow! I might become superman! Seems my 67 yr old body has something to say about what I do.

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