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VB96
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This is my operation.Have had this going since March. Good balance and have had no problems.Everything I throw at it works.2" of peaches (free from fruit stand), 2" of pears (neighborhood tree) 1" of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Danner Dec 16, 2015.

Pineapple
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A newbie.Just getting started and looking for tips and info.I have unlimited access to fruit scraps: cantaloupe, honey dew, strawberry, grapes, kale and yes pineapple.I grind all together with other…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Denial Apr 4, 2011.

 

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Danner replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"My based my flow through on Joseph's VB48 as available on redwormcomposting.com.  You can see a few videos of it on my member page.  Highly recommended.  "
Dec 16, 2015
Kemper Burt replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Hi just wanted to know if you have any updates on your VB How to you do the harvesting ? Thank you"
Jul 26, 2014
Sue replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
Nov 6, 2013
Stu replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Here's my latest. Today I hope to finish them up :)"
Feb 11, 2012
Stu replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"I know for the VB96, there's an added support truss/beam added for support. I opted to make 3 slightly smaller ones instead. Bentley is really cool, and he's been willing to help if I needed it."
Feb 11, 2012
Rachel replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"OK, thanks :) I might do that then."
Feb 11, 2012
Stu replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"I got the plans from Bentley for the VB24. He told me it's not hard to change a few numbers around if I wanted a bigger set up. He was right. Technically I think I created a VB48 :)"
Feb 10, 2012
Rachel replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Joe, your system looks great. Are you going to make plans available for the VB96? I know Bentley has them for the VB24 but I want something bigger."
Jan 19, 2012
Andrew from California replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Joe, sorry for the delay, but I finally remembered to add your bin to the DIY FT list."
Oct 31, 2011
Joseph Denial replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Vermicomposters are very resourceful. I like your style."
Sep 2, 2011
Sue replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Oh, I just meant no poop stuff. I had more that a trunk full of pumpkin the day after last year's Halloween (and the year before) and planning to go door to door again this year. SB is saving their banana peels for me and I p/u there 2x/week…"
Sep 2, 2011
Joseph Denial replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"You haven’t looked hard enough. Food is everywhere and people get a kick out of what you’re doing. If you can’t get poo, look for melon or pumpkin, does the same thing. Have fun, I do!!"
Sep 2, 2011
Sue replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"OH WOW! It doesn't look like you cover the WF (worm food) with bedding/newspaper/old shirt or anything at all other than the lid of the bin, Joe. I don't have access to cow/horse poop so my worms have to make do with the boring stuff, hehe."
Sep 2, 2011
Joseph Denial replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Thanks Sue. Key is to get the false bottom tight. Maybe even staple the flaps up the interior sides. This bottom has to last many months to get the worm up to the top area. You won’t be disappointed."
Sep 2, 2011
Joseph Denial replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Check this out. 24 hours and these guys can’t get enough. The only other thing that gets them this way is watermelon. Took a whole watermelon cut it down the middle and put the two halves face down. Gone in 5 days"
Sep 2, 2011
Sue replied to Joseph Denial's discussion VB96
"Andrew: Thanks for the link. Joe: Very nice looking bin.I have signed up for the plans on Bentley's web-site."
Sep 2, 2011

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 2011
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
internet
What do your worms like to eat?
too new
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
plastic
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
too new

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At 6:45am on March 29, 2011, Bob Lauver said…
Really great looking bin setup Joseph!  I'm looking forward to seeing how things get cranking....
At 9:34am on March 29, 2011, Bob Lauver said…

I didn't have a reason for feeding the perimeter other than keeping track of where I've fed and where I can feed after they've eaten the goop.  As it turns out, the last feeding I did I also fed a little pit right in the middle.....they haven't finished that pile yet....I wonder if the bedding/castings around the edges have more attractive properties since those areas have had very regular routines.

 

I do have a Worm Factory....it's a 1st generation one with the flat top which I like because the edges stay open and I think that helps with moisture control.  There are mostly just worms in the top tray, but I expect that I'll be sorting through worms and cocoons in the bottom couple of trays when I harvest them later in the spring.....just not nearly as many as the main population near the food.  They never seem to 100% leave a tray....some stick around and the stress of not having food or easy to find mates make them drop more cocoons.  The last harvest for me was in the fall and I saw lots of TINY worms when I harvested.  I didn't sweat putting them in the garden with the castings that they were in.....I have so many worms that the loss of a few is nothing.  I don't figure I'm hurting the environment either because the worms would never survive a winter here.....the little ones are just "cast out" so to speak!

 

I did have a thought concerning your bin setup.  You might check occasionally to make sure that the material in the bins below still make contact with the screens that you have in the middle of your trays....it seems that since the openings don't go all the way to the edge that it would be crucial for upward migration that the worms can get to the next level.  When I started my second tray, the first one settled a bit.  

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