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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.

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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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When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 2011
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
What do your worms like to eat?
too new
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
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'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 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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