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Ideal conditions for the young?
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bin ventilation
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Dairy in the bin?
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John replied to Laurel's discussion fabric scraps in the bin
"I have been putting cotton scraps in the worm bin for awhile now. The worms like the way they hold moisture and are all ways balled up inside the scraps. But now that you mention it, I wonder if not all material is treated to be flame resistant. And…"
Mar 3, 2009

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When did you start composting with worms?
December 1, 2007
What do your worms like to eat?
fruit is thier favorite, they also like cotton fabric scraps.
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Rubbermaid inside and the big device I call the compost-o-matic outside weather permitting.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
8
About Me:
Don't know why but the whole concept of vermicomposting fascinates me. Im here to learn more about the subject.

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more on harvesting

Spent a great evening with my son and 2 of his buddies last night. We built a new "flow through" harvestor. Used a 5 gallon bucket, some 1/4 screen and a Rubbermaid type tub. They are all 19 now, and it was the most fun we have had since they where Cub Scouts. They where like little kids and couldn't wait to get it finished. And it worked great! I added some aluminum bars to the inside today at the suggestion of one of them. And that really helped to gently separate every thing. But trust me NO… Continue

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Is it just me?

I know this is about the only place I can tell this story and get any understanding.

I last night I sent my friend a picture of the worm squirm. His wife saw it ant FREAKED OUT!!!

Seriously freaked out, she could not believe I would send such a nasty picture into her house. I couldn't believe it.

She acted as if it was porn. She has known me for 10 years and I thought she knew I raised worms. But OMG I could not believe that reaction. So whats the protocol now? How to I repent?… Continue

Posted on September 6, 2008 at 1:32pm — 4 Comments

fall harvest



This the first harvest from the bunch of free worms I found in my normally very hot outdoor compost-o-matic. I figured I should start the process of moving them indoors for the winter. I plan on building a flow through bin for them. That bin is still in the developmental stage, so I'm open to suggestions. I do have a plastic barrel so that a step in the right… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 10:15pm

feeding the heard

With the recant discovery of red worms in the compost-o-matic the need for worm food has doubled. Today I feed the outside worms about a half-pound of flowers off of the Trumpet Vine.

I all ready have the lady across the street saving me kitchen scrapes but like us they are only a family of 2. So there is a limit of how many scrapes are going to come out of our combined kitchens. I probably should explore this avenue more.

I have thought about asking one of the local restaurants but… Continue

Posted on August 9, 2008 at 9:01am — 6 Comments

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At 4:30am on August 10, 2008, RJ_Hythloday said…
Hey John, nice dancing bear. I used to be really into gd trading communities. Have you ever downloaded a gd concert?

Bob
At 1:09pm on August 11, 2008, JT said…
Thanks for the invite John. I hope to see you soon re the worms.
Janet :)
At 12:08am on August 15, 2008, Rosalin Sepikit said…
Hi John, I’m so grateful to have come across this “area” and be a member now. It’s close to my heart and will surely enjoy every little bit that I can view & learn from you & the others.
I am a vermi enthusiast but it’s still an “alien” and weird undertaking in my community. I’ve nobody to share with here. It doesn’t matter though and more so now because as I learn from the rest of you, it is a very noble undertaking with high purpose for saving the earth.
At 8:14am on September 3, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Hmm.. i'm not sure which thread you mean. Can you send me a url?
At 9:30pm on September 28, 2008, Asha said…
Hi John, regarding keeping the terracotta bin underground, I'm wondering why you would want it under the ground. The terracotta helps keep the temperature cooler than the outside. Since terracotta is slightly heavier, I turn the stuff inside by tilting and rotating each bin on its base. If I had it under the ground level, pulling out each of them would be more work. One thing I have to be careful is that stuff inside tends to dry up, so I have to check and adjust moisture levels at least once in ten days, specially if the days are dry. That could be one issue you might not face if it is underground.
At 9:20pm on September 29, 2008, Asha said…
Hi John, I am in a tropical area - (Bangalore, India) - Keeping the pots in a well shaded area works fine. This system has been outdoors in the same location from May '07
At 12:51pm on December 4, 2008, Drue said…
Hi john,
I'm on my first winter with red wigglers. I have a stackable unit. just a few month s ago i added a new tray on top. then i started to notice that the food waste leech is dripping into the nearly mature bin and soaking them out. so i switched the trays. I don't know if that's correct. it will make feeding the lower bin a bit more of a pain. I was just wondering if you had any advice.
drue in nw ohio

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