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Adding rice to generate heat?
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I've read several posts where people have added rice to their bins & it generated heat. My bin is in an unheated garage. Garage temp right now is about 40 degrees so I want to generate some heat…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Garbage Guru Jan 22, 2011.


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When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
various websites
What do your worms like to eat?
banana peels, melon rinds, crushed egg shells, Purina Worm Chow
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
5 tray Gusanito
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
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About Me:
Love raising worms, harvesting VC for flowers & gardens. Like to take worms & grandkids fishing

Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 5:21am on October 31, 2010, Paula Allen said…
I have bags of leaves. What is a vc trench? I can picture it in my mind but want to make sure. I think I even see it on this sight?
At 8:54pm on November 2, 2010, Paula Allen said…
He also knows I like designer purses.  This is cheaper for him.  I give him gift cards for sporting goods stores .
At 5:43pm on July 29, 2011, Maria Rodriguez said…
Thank you for your comment John! It compromises me with my work and I really appreciate your thoughts, I will recieve your prayers and join them too. Worm wormly regards. Keep in touch :)
At 10:28am on September 21, 2011, Vikki said…

Thanks for the encouragement John!

Did you show the kids a sampling of the bin and let them hold worms? Any advice and information from your experience would be extremely helpful.

I'm starting with 3 kids (12-16-21, 12 & 16 are high functioning autistic) and a home school mom (8 & 12 yr olds). I am using small 2" x 2" plastic containers. I've put in VC and cocoons on top that can be viewed through a flap I cut in the lid. Hopefully this keeps everything contained but allows the kids to look at the cocoons daily.

I've got 2 testers made to make sure it works while I'm gathering pictures & information for worksheets, etc.

Thanks again!


At 8:22pm on June 11, 2012, Jay said…

Thanks John,

Yes it is very difficult not to prod around each day. I get curious to see how much of what they've eaten. Will put a sign on top to remind myself. Mainly tryin to see how much is consumed, don't want em to go hungry lol  Have a great day/night and happy squirming!

At 7:39am on June 12, 2012, betsy kendrick said…

thanks! you guys are great!

At 7:48pm on June 17, 2012, Mollie said…

What is the difference between African night crawler and European night crawlers? I was thinking the African might work better in FL then the European. Are they about the same size, do the compost the same? Do you have any clue?

At 7:10pm on July 10, 2012, Brandon Koots said…

Added more bedding to the tray today. Now the worms don't come to the top anymore. Good sign or what?

At 7:13pm on July 11, 2012, Alan Robinson said…

they are doing GREAT

At 7:39pm on July 13, 2012, Brandon Koots said…

Yes I do 

Right now, the ones in the worm factory aren't eating. Don't know why....

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