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Molasses
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You would think that it wouldn't be so hard to find unsulfured molasses here in nz.  Not strictly true because I can't find out whether it is sulphured or not, sigh.  The only molasses I can find is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Feb 21, 2014.

Worm tea
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I have never made worm tea before and I was hoping for some advice please.  I have been searching the internet and it seems that mostly it's suggested to put a handful of castings into a bucket of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Vormwald Mar 24, 2014.

Bedding
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Hi everyone, I have only been doing this for around 3 months and having trouble with a plastic bin that gets too wet.  Do I always need to dampen the bedding, or can I put dry bedding in and see if…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fran Feb 21, 2014.

Leachate
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Hi everyone, I am hoping to find out if leachate is poisonous to pets.  Went out to see to my worms and caught my cat drinking some of the leachate.  I have a flow through system called hungry bin…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Feb 21, 2014.

 

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May 4, 2014
Daniel J Kline commented on Fran's blog post food
"I do not age the kitchen scraps. Our kitchen scraps go into a countertop ceramic "pail" with a carbon filtered vent screen in the lid. Odor free. When this is full, sometimes twice per week, this goes into the blender where water is added…"
Apr 28, 2014
Michael Vormwald replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
"Do a google on Bruce Deuley - he has a 5g bucket method using the Elaine Ingham (soil food web) methods."
Mar 24, 2014
John Duffy and Fran are now friends
Mar 18, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
"You've got the basics. Things to keep in mind a single stage small fish tank pump will only serve a 20 Litre bucket too this dont add more than about 1/2 tsp unsulphured molasses & dont use chlorinated water. As a rule of thumb water…"
Mar 17, 2014
thuan replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
Mar 5, 2014
Mark Ridsdill Smith replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
"Many thanks!"
Mar 3, 2014
thuan replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
"http://www.gardeningwithmicrobes.com/index.shtml This may be the new website.  The previous one has been shutdown."
Mar 3, 2014
Mark Ridsdill Smith replied to Fran's discussion Worm tea
"Hi, could you post that link again, it doesn't seem to work. Many thanks! Mark"
Mar 3, 2014
John Duffy commented on Fran's blog post food
"Hi Fran, There really is no need to to "age' your veggie scraps. All you need to do is bury the waste in your bin and cover with some carbon-rich bedding. (shredded newspaper &/or cardboard) The worms will take over from there. "
Feb 25, 2014
Fran replied to Steven Chow's discussion Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters?
"hiya I am trying to add myself to the map but it will not let me.  I am from Christchurch new Zealand."
Feb 22, 2014
David Czoschke left a comment for Fran
"Hi Fran I'm getting ready to move my worms to a new RM bin. A slightly larger one. I'll be havesting my first batch of VC after it sits awhile. So I'm happy to say this newbe has had some success. Very cold here. Spring is near. Fall…"
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"I am thinking of buying another hungry bin in about a months time, do you ship to chch?  always nice to support people really into the worm thing :)"
Feb 21, 2014
Fran left a comment for Fran
"Hi David, Yes things going well so far with me.  Today it is extremely warm, so I have opened the lids of my bins for some aeration.  How are you coming along with your worms?"
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"Hi Fran Good to have a friend from New Zealand. I see you are new to the art of vermicomposting as I am. Seems like it is going well for you."
Feb 21, 2014

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When did you start composting with worms?
December 16, 2013
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
brother
What do your worms like to eat?
everything
What kinds of worms do you have?
tiger
What worm bins do you use?
hungry bin
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
no idea

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food

What's the best way to age vege scraps please?  I was thinking a plastic bucket with muslin over the top and popping it outside for a day or two?  Does anyone have any better ideas?

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 3:12am — 4 Comments

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At 3:00pm on February 18, 2014, Patricia said…

Hi Fran!

Thanks for the friend request....:-).  Hope to chat with you more on the forum!

In regard to your question about aging scraps; the first thing I do is freeze them.  I especially do this for fruits and veggies since it will kill any larvae or eggs that we may not be able to see on them.  Now, if your bin is outdoors, it probably doesn't matter.  After I freeze mine until I need them, i use a kitchen composter that sits on the counter top.  I also have it sitting near a fan to keep air moving through it so that  it does not become anaerobic and harmful to the worms.  I let mine sit for about a 3 days to a week depending on what scraps are in the composter bin itself giving it a stir every day sometimes twice a day.  Seems to work out just fine although like anything that is rotting, it can smell.  My composter is stainless steel and came with an carbon filter in the top. 

At 8:06am on February 21, 2014, David Czoschke said…

Hi Fran

Good to have a friend from New Zealand.

I see you are new to the art of vermicomposting as I am.

Seems like it is going well for you.

At 7:58pm on February 21, 2014, Fran said…

Hi David, Yes things going well so far with me.  Today it is extremely warm, so I have opened the lids of my bins for some aeration.  How are you coming along with your worms?

At 8:21am on February 22, 2014, David Czoschke said…

Hi Fran

I'm getting ready to move my worms to a new RM bin. A slightly larger one. I'll be havesting my first batch of VC after it sits awhile.

So I'm happy to say this newbe has had some success.

Very cold here. Spring is near. Fall for you, but I suppose New Zealand has a pretty moderate climate. 

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