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selecting a paper shredder
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i just purchased a Fellowes 79ci shredder ordered it through amazon. i thought i had researched shredders thoroughly. however, i did not realize that some shredder manufacturers such as Fellowes does…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Feiller Dec 11, 2012.

Plastic totes & newspaper bedding
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About a month ago i met my nephew and his daughters at a how to raise worms and save the planet. I had never attended one of these and i wanted to hear a presentation, which by the way was very well…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Feiller Jun 6, 2012.

Guess this worm from my leaf compost pile
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in the fall i had piled up a bunch of leaves to rot on top of the flagstone in the front yard. it has been over six months and the pile has dwindled as i moved it into the compost piles or straight…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by pauls wiliams May 29, 2012.

Pros and Cons of a Flow Thru bin
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went to add manure to 2x4' FT bin and was greeted by this half full (or half empty bin depending on perspective).Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Feiller May 4, 2012.


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When did you start composting with worms?
May 1, 1975
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
through father-in-law in TX, the term vermicomposting is new, back then you raised red wrigglers and got castings.
What do your worms like to eat?
kitchen scraps, yard clippings, grocery store produce, cardboard, leaves, purina worm chow.
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers; EF's, EA's, LR;s, PE's, and EH's
What worm bins do you use?
several home made wood FT's, wood non FT's, 5-gal buckets, trays, totes, compost/worm bins, and a wriggly wranch
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
about 400 or so lbs
About Me:
interested in aquaponics, bioponics, vermiponics, vermiculture, horticulture, aquaculture, vermicomposting. i have been in building construction management for over 40 yrs. my wife and i have 4 daughters, two dogs, two cats, two turtles, 12 large KOI, somewhere around 300 large goldfish and a few thousand worms!

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feeding Purina worm chow and grains vs. horse manure

as i have mentioned in other post the results i have had with feeding straight horse manure versus, feeding precomposted produce, leaves, and cardboard have been disappointing. the worms are smaller and not as fertile.

so i have decided to set up a new tote which will be fed exclusively on Purina Worm Chow and paper products.

i removed the top 3 inches of an identical established bin's contents which included probably two pounds of worms and left the bottom 4 inches of mucky…


Posted on August 11, 2012 at 11:19am — 18 Comments

Small scattered feedings with bedding vs. full bin which is more productive?

For those that enjoy an excuse for messing with their worms you probably will skip this comparison trial or go bonkers not being able to keave them alone. For the 10% of the forum members still standing give this a try.

Set up two identically sized bins (a shoebox is way too small) in one bin place a two inch layer of composted bedding/food. Each day monitor their feed and add food and bedding in 1/2" layers as the worms need, plus a little to maximize their growth.

In the second bin… Continue

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 9:43am — 1 Comment


it is difficult to state information as being constants. everyone has heard that plastic totes without holes get soggy wet on the bottom, become anerobic and the worms either head for better pastures or die from the anerobic conditions.

below are some photos i took today of a bin; mostly PE's, but probably 20% EF's. i have been trying to systematically redo my bins, setting up production containers, mostly 5-gal buckets. i should reach my goal of a million worms in 4 months. i had not…


Posted on May 29, 2012 at 8:51pm — 14 Comments

90gal aquarium worm farm

my 8 grandkids (ages 1yr to 13yrs) will be here in a couple of weeks for their great grandmother's 100th birthday (ok so that has nothing to do with worms) i have been corresponding and conversing over the phone about my latest adventure with nature; the worms. almost every year since they have been in existence they have become accustomed to the strange grandfather's adventures and they smile or laugh or do their best to be polite. well, they are becoming concerned with me and the…


Posted on April 2, 2012 at 11:14pm — 16 Comments

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At 7:40pm on August 24, 2011, Geraldine Roberts said…
Thanks Frank. My bin has been harvested once so far. Not sure how good the WP is. I do know that I started with some worms I got from a bunny pen, and got house flies in my house. I just figured that out yesterday. Had a real infestation! This run I have added a common American toad to eat the fruit flies! He/she seems to be doing all right so far and has a full belly! Fruit flies have gone way down overnight. Yeah I know I can cover food with bedding, but the toad is more fun.
At 10:24pm on August 24, 2011, Rich Feiller said…
i use to have an "endangered species" of toad in my commercial fish hatchery. it was there for several years, picking up ants and fallen fish food. except for human beings most species in Santa Cruz county, CA are endangered in some way and protected. somehow this toad (i have a feeling this area has a hell of a lot more toads then the folks in Santa Cruz want to believe) made it to San Jose and into my hatchery. it had no fear of me and would just look at me and continue eating. :-)
At 5:53am on September 15, 2011, Alma Mulwani said…
Yes :) I bought a used one at a local goodwill. I use it to grind egg shells for my worms. It does a good job. I use to just crush the but they never seem to compost.
At 11:52am on September 15, 2011, Rich Feiller said…
You can put the shells in vinagar and they will desolve into calcium carbonate from what I understand. Entertaining if you like things that go fizz in the nite! :-)
At 4:35am on November 23, 2011, Alison Bruce said…

Thanks for your welcome! Nice to be surrounded by people who don't laugh at my love of worms :)

At 12:49pm on November 27, 2011, Prendo said…

Thanks for the welcome Frank, this interweb thingy is a real boarder buster all right :) As for this forum, after researching the web for info on the subject of all things wormery, it became clear that all roads lead to here! So here I am - learning loads of stuff already! 

At 11:59am on December 5, 2011, Philip Vanderhoofven said…

Hi Frank, Great looking photos of the different systems that your building.

At 7:19am on December 26, 2011, jerry richardson said…

Thank you

At 9:16am on December 26, 2011, Justin Pollard said…

I actually plan to finish my flow though bin tomorrow and i recently found a source for EF's in Seoul. So i will be  using those within a week or so. As of right now i don't have any. ha ha   I have been doing so much research online in preparation. I'm excited to try it out for real. Any words of wisdom for a newbie?

At 2:24pm on December 26, 2011, Zack said…

Thanks for the welcome!  Excited to join up with everyone here...

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