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Janet Kaupke
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White fungus overtaking the bin
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I have a large wooden flowthrough bin in my garage. I have noticed a thick white substance growing in the bin. I want to call it a fungus, but don't really know what it is. It is thick and spongy. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Jun 6, 2014.

using pure castings vs vermicompost
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I am getting ready to plant tomatoes and flowers and wondered if someone could share their process for using the castings in the garden. I have available both pure castings and vermicompost (from a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Kaupke Mar 12, 2013.

Will they eat the cardboard bedding?
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I have heard that fresh bedding should be added to the bin with each feeding. If I am feeding food scraps and using cardboard as bedding material, will the worms continue to eat and process the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Mar 2, 2013.


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When did you start composting with worms?
October 1, 2011
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
through an acquaintance with an organic farm
What do your worms like to eat?
food scraps, cardboard, manure
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
currently rubbermaid, changing to wooden FT
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?

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At 4:57am on January 17, 2013, Joseph Despins said…
Welcome to Vermicomposters!
At 10:25am on January 17, 2013, Joseph Despins said…

Thanks for your nice comment, Janet. Before I began to use worms for composting, once a year I would stop at tackle shops and bought a few containers of Lumbricus terrestris that were being sold for bait. I would then hold a solemn ceremony at my front garden and grant them freedom by releasing them into my garden patch.  I never claimed to be sane hahaha.


You may be able to find free food sources if you ask coffee shops to bag used grounds for you or grocery store produce departments to keep spent veggies. You'd probably get too much as a result which would not be a problem if you expand your worming operation as indicated.

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