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Potential Ecological Problem?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Rinaldi Apr 22, 2010.

Smelly Vermi-tea

Started Dec 9, 2008

Caffiene overload
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dwayne Jul 29, 2008.


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When did you start composting with worms?
January 15, 2006
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
My father sent me a cutting from newspaper
What do your worms like to eat?
They love avocado, papaya and bananas
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia Foetida
What worm bins do you use?
Multiple trays in a waste bin
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
2 - 3 pounds
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Keen indigenous gardener and enviromentally aware

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New Worm Bin

There are so many worms in my bin now that I need to start a 2nd one so that I can leave the first one to mature completely. I have been selling off 500g of worms at a time with each of the bins that we sold, but I can still spare some to start another bin.

We bought 2 Vegetable Racks on Saturday and Johnny and I converted them into a stacking worm bin last night. Bottom one with legs and a tap, others stacking on top with holes drilled in the base to allow worms through. These ones… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 12:02pm — 5 Comments

Upside Down Tomatoes

I have planted a tomato in a bucket hanging on the patio. Got the idea from this site and decided to give it a try. Mixed in a good quantity of Vermicompost and will water it every second time with Compost tea.
Has anyone else tried it?

16 August 2008 - Flowers on the plant now, so hopefully fruit will set soon

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

Comment Wall (34 comments)

At 12:53pm on June 12, 2008, Arthur Haddow said…
Hi Jenni,
I have signed up and sent an invitation to Judi too.
At 11:00pm on June 12, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Hey welcome to wow.. you're all the way in Johannesburg that is really amazing. Are there many folks who vermicompost over there? Thanks for letting your friends know about our little community it is really great to have you here.
At 11:03pm on June 12, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Btw, I like your multiple tray worm bin. Is that your own design? Are those colanders stacked inside each other or maybe is that a pre-made worm bin?
At 9:50am on June 15, 2008, Jenni said…
Hi Dad - glad you joined - now we have a flag in Cape Town as well
At 9:57am on June 15, 2008, Jenni said…
Hi Steven thanks for the comment. We have a rapidly growing Vermicomposting community in South Africa and I hope more of us will put a pin in your map.
My bin is our own design. My husband cut the base out of the basins and then we put plastic mesh over the hole so that the worms can work their way up through the bin.
At 11:16pm on July 2, 2008, Asha said…
Hi Jenni, I read your explanation of how this works over at Susan's 'Home made stacking bin system' discussion. Very impressive and neat!
Could you please explain how you go about adding using the system and average time periods that each phase takes? Do you add fresh waste to the top layer? Do you rotate the bins? Does the lowest layer have a closed base or is it also meshed? What kind of waste do you add?
Thought it would be a great idea to get some expert tips from you since you have been doing this for so long!
At 9:36am on July 3, 2008, Jenni said…
Hi Asha - Thanks for the comments.
To explain a bit. The bottom basin is solid in order to catch the leachate(wee). Then the 1st meshed basin is put on top and I add to it every day or so the kitchen scraps as well as some damp shredded newspaper. In the beginning it took about 3-4 months to fill the basin enough to add the next one, but now that there are so many worms, I seem to add a basin every 6 -8 weeks.
So with 5 levels of worms, I now harvest a layer once every 2 months. Once I have harvested the bottom basin, it moves to the top and becomes the active basin.
I have to empty the "wee" out the bottom basin every week and I keep the active layer covered with a damp cover of carpet underfelt to ensure that there are no fruitflies and the whole thing just goes along nicely.
Hope that helps!
At 9:54am on July 3, 2008, Asha said…
Thanks for the answers Jenni. Sorry, but I have some more questions...
How does carpet underfelt keep away fruit flies? Doesn't it cut off air supply too?
Do you mix or fluff up your already filled up layers once in a while? When you add waste to a new layer, do you introduce worms too, or do they just move up gradually from existing layers?
Thanks for your patience Jenni!
At 10:57am on July 3, 2008, Jenni said…
Hi Asha
The underfelt is porous so the air still circulates, but it keeps the bin damp by stopping evaporation
Yes I do mix up the bottom basins every couple of weeks as the contents tend to get compacted
The worms climb up between the layers all on their own. In fact you can lift up any of the basins and you will see worms hanging from the mesh
What time is it in India Asha? It is 20h00 on Thursday 3-July here in South Africa.
Regards Jenni
At 10:37pm on July 3, 2008, Asha said…
Thanks Jenny... It was around 10pm, July 3rd - Was finishing up my housework when I thought I should just check if there was a reply from you!

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