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My New Flow Through Bin (With Pictures!)
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Continuous Flow/Flow Through Worm Composting

55 gallon barrels, trash cans, wheeled bins, bags, or whatever else you've thought of to turn into a flow through bin!A group to discuss ideas on the making of and maintenance of flow through worm bins.See More
Apr 23

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When did you start composting with worms?
May 12, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
I got into gardening and stumbled upon Terracycle worm poop fertilizer, which I loved. When I got some compost from a friend with redworms in it, I said 'well, why not harvest these and make my own worm poop?' I couldn't think of a good reason not to, and the rest is worm history.
What do your worms like to eat?
They aren't super picky, but like most worms they love any type of melon.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida
What worm bins do you use?
A flow through system made from an old wheeled recycling bin. See my photos for pictures and details.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
About 10.

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Planted my garden today. Here's the rundown and pics for anyone interested.

The weather looks like it will be pretty much constant for the next week at least so it seemed like as good a time as any.



The rundown looks like this:

Main Garden Plot:

13 Thyme Plants - I love thyme. I dry it with my dehydrator and I can't get enough, so I've gone nuts with it.



6 Basil Plants - Nothing says summer like fresh basil. 6 is a nice number. Not too much, not too little. I make pesto at the end of the… Continue

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

1 Year of Worming - A Retrospective

Today is my 1 year anniversary of worm composting, so it seems like a good time for reflection.



First of all, I can't believe it's only been a year. Immediately after starting I became obsessed, started reading every piece of worm related info I could find including forums and books, and the amount I have learned in the past year is pretty amazing, thanks to the awesome if eccentric community of worm composters.



Second, I can testify to how much you can grow a population… Continue

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 8:16pm — 4 Comments

Worm Harvest Pt. 2: Electric Boogaloo

I harvested the rest of the worms in my wheelbarrow full of compost today. I used a slightly different method since I had more sun. I just skimmed off the top to force the worms down, as well as removing small piles to do a more standard 'dump and sort'.



I was way off on my claim that I'd gotten 1/10 of the worms yesterday. It was more like half. I probably also underestimated the weight of the compost that hitched a ride with yesterday's worms, putting my grand total of… Continue

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Worm Harvest!

Today I finally had the chance to put in some quality time with my worms. I have a wheelbarrow full of worm compost that I've been drying out (it's a mixture of the contents of a 10 gallon bin from my stacking system and an 18 gallon one that I had as a winter experiment that I'm glad I did), so I finally got around to harvesting some worms from it. And boy are there worms. The pic below is about 4lbs of worms and I hardly put a dent in the pile. It sounds crazy but I'd say that this might be… Continue

Posted on May 9, 2009 at 4:34pm — 2 Comments

2 Worm Experiment Update

Well I got the worms' new home today, a 3-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck (so adorable) and I just finished washing and drilling holes in it, and of course adding moistened leaves and the worms. I also inspected the worms (still alive and appear healthy) and their bedding, revealing at least 4 cocoons! One looked to be very fresh so I think it's safe to say the worms are multiplying. It's a good guess to say that one or both of them had mated before being separated, and so the babies aren't a… Continue

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 7:39pm — 7 Comments

Comment Wall (20 comments)

At 6:41am on July 4, 2008, Lesley Marie said…
Welcome!
At 12:32pm on December 8, 2008, Robert Fraser said…
Hi Jason, thanks for your feed back on my topic.I would like to stay in touch and it's nice to have something in common " Vermicomposting" here in B.C.
people aren't very educated on this and I don't share common interrests.
They think I'm loose a bolt, about the worm thing.
At 11:54am on December 31, 2008, Gaia Steward said…
Love your graphic of Darwin with the worm! I recently bought his earthworm/vegetable mould book, and am really looking forward to reading it.
At 1:20pm on April 6, 2009, ellyo said…
how old is that worm cartoon that you use as your profile image
At 9:33am on May 29, 2009, ellyo said…
actualy buffalo manure realy does not need to be composted because it does not contain any amonia or pathogenic microbes the only thing you need to do with buffalo manure is dry it out and wet it again
At 10:50am on June 19, 2009, Sue said…
Hi Jason,
I got permanent stakes from HD and like to check with you if it's the same kind you used for your new big bin. Outside diam. is ca. 5/16 inch. It flexed a little when I try to bend it. Just want to make sure it is strong enough.
Thanks.
At 8:46pm on June 20, 2009, Sue said…
Thanks for your reply.
At 1:50pm on August 16, 2009, Sue said…
Hi Jason,
When you had your worms in your stacking Rubbermaids, have you ever left them unattended for 2 whole weeks?
I still have 2 Rubbermaid active bins made following your design and I might be going away. Looks like they have stabilized, no leachete. Instead of muching their way up, the worms in the top bin start to migrate down since the bottom lining of the top bin has decomposed and about 80 of the 100 or so - 1/2" holes are filled w. castings. The bins are not ready for harversting. Should I be concerned?
At 5:22pm on August 16, 2009, Sue said…
Thanks for your reply Jason. I hope we won't be getting the heat wave again while I'm away.
At 9:26pm on August 17, 2009, Sue said…
Thanks for the info Jason. It shows that I don't grow veggie, lol.
But tomato flowers are so small it's not even worth cooking them even if they were edible.

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