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Is overfeeding a problem ?
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The reason that I ask is that I have a lot of pumpkins gathering dust and rot from Halloween.I was thinking of slicing them up into manageable chunks and piling them across the top of my flow…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kenny Walters Jan 3, 2014.

I think I killed my bin again
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I checked today to try and see where I am going wrong.Temps seem ok at 80f.Seems to be not too dry or wet.What I did differently last week was to add 2 new ingredients along with some partially…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sabrina Sep 21, 2013.

A large bug in my Flow Thru
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I couldn't take a picture because it (they) were too fast.When I pulled back the brown paper sacks to see how things were after being gone for 2 weeks, I saw 2, cockroach looking bugs scurry for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Turner Jul 18, 2013.

The worms did this
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I started a raised bed and since I have a hard time kneeling, I made it about 3' high.Well, as part of improving the soil I have been using some of my VC whenever tilling or planting new plants.In…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynn Tillson Jul 10, 2013.


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When did you start composting with worms?
July 6, 2011
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
What do your worms like to eat?
Everything so far
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red fat ones
What worm bins do you use?
Custom built flow thru.
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About Me:
Retired programmer/analyst and a collector of vintage fountain pens. The worming is not so new, I had the "Worms eat my Garbage" stuff and was doing well with it until I had to travel. SWMBO (She who must be obeyed) was not too keen on keeping it maintained.
This will be my 2nd goaround.

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Kudos to Worms Etc.

These folks are great and I wanted to pass along a recommendation.
I ordered a lb on 2/11, it was shipped on 2/12, and arrived on 2/14.
A big, fat sack of healthy, vigorous worms.
So, if you're looking for some, give them a try.
No connection, etc, etc., just a satisfied customer.

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

My Winterizing and Persimmons

This is what I did to keep my squirmies warm and toasty. It has a 75w bulb. They loved it and I always found them huddled near the top of the pile. The temps dropped down into the 30s and stayed there for about. a week.

I also am trying persimmons for the 1st time. These are the Asian variety that are meant to be eaten soft. I think they are Hachiyas. Delicious when ripe and squishy but these had gone too far.

I am not sure if the worms are going after the…


Posted on January 11, 2013 at 7:58am — 3 Comments

Question re new worms coming next week.

I had a Gusanito and got the urge to build a FT so I bought the plans for a VermBin24 and it's all together.

I migrated what I had in the Gusanito to the VB24 and I need some more worms. The VB24 seems to hold a lot more plus the worms that I had left in the Gusanito had been diminished by an attack of fire ants.

I ordered a lb of worms from Red Worm Composting and they should be here next week.

Can I just put them in the VB24 cause that's what I am planning to do…


Posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:47am — 15 Comments

Do castings have a shelf life ?

I found an opened bag in the garage that must be at least 3 years old.


Is it still usable,or should I just discard it.




Posted on August 1, 2011 at 10:26am — 5 Comments

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 12:51am on September 18, 2011, angie heim said…

Hi George.

Thanks for the welcome.

Regards, Angie

At 3:07pm on October 18, 2011, Ar-Pharazon said…
Haha, I like your hex dump avatar.  Old school!
At 5:16am on June 22, 2012, Jay said…

Thanks for the friendship add George! Very much appreciate your comments on my pics. Bin creatures would be flash blind if I took as many as I wanted lol

At 5:17pm on July 10, 2012, Howard Hopper said…

Hi George, I'm working on a pre composter inspired by James Bates. Within the week I should have some pics of this; however the statistics of the process will lag with the time it takes to prove or disprove the process. I will keep you in the loop, look for posts. Thanks for your comment. Hey gotta protect us tin foils. I have a una gata, and she looks at me like I need tin foil. But I am far beyond needing tin foil, Hell I'm here, aren't I.  

At 5:30pm on July 10, 2012, Howard Hopper said…

Sorry George confused you with someone else. This site and the methods are new to me. I'll keep you in the loop, watch for new posts, I'm presently working on a horse/cow manure digester (pre composter ), inspired by James Bates. Hope to have pic soon. Luego H.

At 9:45am on July 14, 2012, Mike malinauskas said…
Thanks George I live in southern ca and I think this will help my aquaponic interest. I have always been feeding worms my table scraps since I lived in Argentina an have noticed the value of worms. I previously used no
fertilizers at all for my dirt vegetable garden. Thank you for the welcome.
At 7:00pm on January 4, 2013, Allison Jack said…

Thanks for helping promote our project George, there has been a lot of excitement about vermicomposting stemming from the NY Times article, so it is a good time to get the word out!

At 12:49am on January 6, 2013, Allison Jack said…

Hey George,

Right now the most complete video and photo compilation is on my blog:

From there I link to our old Cornell project outreach page which has some of our posters from outreach events and scientific meetings, some extension reports on the nutrient management angle of the project and links to project funders, participants and other vermicompost resources.

I finished my dissertation in August, waited on some additional chemical data until November and am finishing up the manuscript now. Once we submit it to a journal it will likely go through another series of revisions. So it could be a while until the main paper is out (and then I have to work on the other papers!). I do have a pdf of my dissertation, but since the data have gone through the defense process, but not an official peer review, I want to wait until the paper is out to share the meat of the project with everyone.

I'm always interested in getting new sustainable agriculture and vermicompost projects up and running. I'm also doing a fundraising campaign for the farm I direct, Prescott College Jenner Farm, so I love being introduced to "big wigs". I will say that poultry manure is not really suitable for vermicomposting (thinking of Tyson), but pass my name along for sure. You can find my contact info on my faculty page at Thanks!

More info about our current fundraising campaign. We're in a staffing and infrastructure building mode for our new (2 year old) 20 acre teaching and research farm in Skull Valley. 

At 8:02am on June 2, 2013, Beth WA said…

Thanks for the welcome! :-)

At 11:13am on August 6, 2013, Bonnie said…

You, too, George!  Since the weather delays, I'm going to set up a small bin with some juniors and stimulate reproduction.  Maybe you can have a pop explosion after they arrive. 

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