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Ian Carruthers replied to Sara Smith Living in Colorado's discussion Anyone combining Bokashic composting with vermicomposting????
"Hi WG just commenting on your last three lines/questions, the goal posts can be changed so much on compost testing due to the variance of goods going in and lack of uniform mixing so it boils down to what works for you. It can get you so consumed…"
Sep 10, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Kate M's discussion When to harvest?
"If your bin is more than two foot high it will strugle to get fresh air and preven escape of toxic gasses especially if you dont have a flowthrough bin. In a smaller bin say one foot high just harvest when the bin is full. When iv'e got about…"
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Alan Robinson's discussion feeding worms
"Diane it's horses for courses, I can only speak for my self & I think it also depends on how big your system/s are as well as in or out door. Im not a advocate of freezing as its not practicle in the qty I feed, I have the space to compost…"
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to FabricGATOR's discussion Cocoon nursery
"Sounds like you got your system is down to a fine art. Do try separating the blonds I would be very interested in the results after say three months......IC "
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to jyaki's discussion HELP - Deformed Worm dying each day
"Sour crop indeed probably started with the pineapple addition! remove all white deformed worms they will never recover........adding aged compost/leafy compost/dry grass/cardboard all help dont even think about feeding for at least three weeks or…"
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to John Yale's discussion Thoughts on using aquaponics water for worm/compost tea?
"I regularly put hand fulls of vermicast on top of my grow beds with only positive results..... My grow bed drains into fresh water crayfish (<that are tempermental when exposed to slightly toxic water) & from there overflows into…"
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to FabricGATOR's discussion Cocoon nursery
"If the whole worm is "blond" rather get rid of them you no dout only have a the odd one that colour, I think its a type of hybrid so will not be fertile anyhow. Protien poisoning can also turn worms pale & blown a bit out of shape,…"
Sep 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Alan Robinson's discussion feeding worms
"All the stuff that give humans indigestion also negativly affect worms. Cucumbers & Apples you can put directly into the bin large quantities of tomato & plums you would be better off composting for a couple of weeks. Composting gives the…"
Sep 3, 2014
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Sep 2, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Sara Smith Living in Colorado's discussion Anyone combining Bokashic composting with vermicomposting????
"Aaah  we could talk for hours if you lived in the neighbourhood, I aggree 100% with your sentiments. To add additional nutrients in my final mix I also add a sprinkling of rock dust every now and again. Sadly my hydroponics system has blown a…"
Sep 1, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Sara Smith Living in Colorado's discussion Anyone combining Bokashic composting with vermicomposting????
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Aug 31, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to nachum hirschel's discussion goat manure
"I believe any fresh manure will no doubt will contain nitrogen/protien (the heating kickstarters) perhaps it's in lesser amounts than say that of chicken manure..................wish I had some.........IC  "
Aug 14, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to nachum hirschel's discussion goat manure
"Just checked my notes, Goat manure has a much higher K/Potassium content than other common manures typically 4N 1P & 2 / 2,4K wish i had access to it..........IC"
Jul 6, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Washington Hill's discussion Worm Casting and Tomato Plants
"I had the same thing with grape cuttings, had huge leaves the first year. Many seedlings dont do well with more than 20% VC they need additional nutrients added as well as help from the organisms that live in soil to convert existing nutrients…"
Jul 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to nachum hirschel's discussion photo idea
"What you are proposing you could easily do in a large bin, bigger than 4ft square. I often only feed every three to four weeks but water weekly, not ideal as the bin does get a bit dry towards the end of the week. You are using a small bin so place…"
Jul 3, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to nachum hirschel's discussion goat manure
"Nachum >  studies have shown pig manure to be one of the most productive worm feeds. "Free range" Goat manure is great in that it holds a wide variety of nutrients due to its varied diet, read somewhere there is someting…"
Jul 3, 2014

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 2000
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
research
What do your worms like to eat?
banana, cabbage and water hyacinth compost
What kinds of worms do you have?
E andrei & fetida
What worm bins do you use?
2 ton flowthrough & old baths
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
50kgs
About Me:
Mechanic by trade, intrested in any free energy "things", dabble in any unusual projects, sometimes once only just to know iv'e done it!

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At 10:30am on June 3, 2014, Sue said…

Nice Avatar Ian

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