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My worms love Rose of Sharon flowers
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I put some Rose of Sharon flowers in the worm bin the other day. The worms LOVED them since there were gobs of them around every flower I put in the bin. The flowers had been wet from rain and a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Despins Aug 7, 2013.


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Joseph Despins replied to Susan B's discussion 95-100% cardboard?
"In nature, the worms feed on decomposing leaves, so they could do ok on cardboard alone."
Nov 19, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Nemesis099's discussion Is this forum dead??
"Yes this is where I learned everything I needed to know about using composting worms. The spammers drove me out to Facebook and GardenWeb."
Jun 27, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Nemesis099's discussion Is this forum dead??
"I'm glad the spammers are gone."
Jun 26, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Lance Waedemon's discussion Bone meal in worm bins
"That's an interesting thing you're doing. Have you tried using it on plants, and if so, how did they respond?"
Jun 26, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Milt's discussion why reproduction stops
"What is the density at which the population control kicks in?"
Jun 26, 2016
Joseph Despins replied to Steven Chow's discussion Hello / Shout-outs thread.
"Can't any of the administrators stop the spammers??"
May 26, 2014
Joseph Despins posted a status
"Make the spam stop!"
May 17, 2014
Joseph Despins replied to Patricia's discussion What Are The Best Ingredients for Top Quality Castings??
"I have been giving my worms primarily dead leaves, wet cardboard and easily eaten vegetable matter like iceberg lettuce. I also incorporate on occasion rice husks. My goal is to try to increase the level of plant available silicon in the…"
May 17, 2014
Joseph Despins replied to Mariam Majd's discussion Troubleshooting
"Your worms should bounce back ok. You've received some great advice. Best of luck and welcome to the forum."
Apr 20, 2014
Joseph Despins posted a status
"The miracle of using vermicompost in agriculture, witnessed in this video."
Apr 12, 2014
Joseph Despins replied to Daniel J Kline's discussion What my worms like to eat. What about yours?
"Mine went crazy over raisin pie. All those sugars, they had a royal microbe feast."
Apr 12, 2014
Joseph Despins replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"I would use fish fertilizer but the smell attracts raccoons that dig up my containers."
Apr 12, 2014
Joseph Despins commented on Andrew from California's video

Worms at the Trough

"Thank you for this information. I found watching the worms feeding extremely interesting. They're huge in shape and size!"
Feb 21, 2014
Joseph Despins commented on Andrew from California's video

Worms at the Trough

"What camera gear did you use to make this video, please?"
Feb 21, 2014
Joseph Despins shared Justin Pollard's photo on Facebook
Feb 4, 2014
Joseph Despins commented on Connie's blog post Going Well
"Having massive reproduction is good to see. Good work!"
Feb 4, 2014

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
September 1, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
I was reading the book Teaming with Microbes and similar books and web sites. I wanted to improve the soil microbial flora and I thought adding castings a great idea.
What do your worms like to eat?
Leaves, coffee grounds, fruit, table scraps.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida - common red worms
What worm bins do you use?
I made my own.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Most of it goes into the bokashi bucket - not a lot, maybe 4 lbs

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At 4:59pm on September 14, 2011, Milt said…

Hi Joe!  I'm down here in Texas about 150 miles from the border raising African's. I just bedded 4,000 little one's (4-5 inches) Sat and their eating about 8 pounds a day and beginning to mature. Mostly they eat shredded newspaper that I run through my Fellowes paper shredder. I've burned up a couple shredders but this one's going strong 3 years now. I haven't had time to surf this site yet so I don't want to say something that's been discussed already. Write anytime..Milt 

At 5:11pm on September 21, 2011, Joseph Despins said…
You have a nice operation going, Milton! Quite inspirational, indeed. I have been going with one homemade worm bin for just over a year now. This past week, I separated the top 5 inches of material, which should include most of the worms, and made 5 separate composters with that material. What I have left is some beautiful vermicompost just ready to be placed on my garden containers. You must have quite a large garden or farm to use your vermicompost?
At 9:28am on September 22, 2011, Gil Romero said…

Hola from Mexico Joseph,


Thank you very kindly for your compliment I believe from yesterday. I cannot access my original account so I also for now cannot access my page. I just signed up using my newer email and new membership so maybe I´ll see you around on this site from time to time. We have so many projects demanding our time that we work 7 days and I very rarely have time...or take enjoy the several sites we have memberships with. One can learn a lot though and it´s also nice to exchange w/ nice people  as well in English from tome to time because I am probably the only English within an hour or two of our project.


Best of luck and success to you and thanks again for your generous comment!


Gil Romero

Rancho Santa Cruz,

Tilapia Aquicultura Yucatán

Innovaciones Agricolas Yucatán SA de RL de CV

Panaba, Yucatán, Mx



At 9:29pm on October 3, 2011, Matthew Wilson said…

Thanks Joseph, Glad you like the red wigglers. If you need anything please feel free to ask, I will do my best to help you as a return for the great word of mouth advertising.

Thanks again,

Worms Etc

At 12:38pm on October 6, 2011, Woo said…
That compost will make your flowers grow for sure. I now have over 60 compost bins and sell worms and compost through my web site and the Orleans Farmers' market. Growing worms is like an addiction. Thanks for being a friend.
At 7:19pm on October 6, 2011, Cynthia Hall said…
Thanks for the welcome!  I noticed that you got some worms from Worms, Etc.  That's where I just got mine first batch.   Hope I do as well as you...your pictures are wonderful.  And I am thinking I may have made a mistake.  I stripped my newspapers rather than shredding with a shredder like I saw in your pictures.  I also had order a bag of shredded cardboard with my worm order so maybe that will help offset the newspaper strips I used.  Almost a week and they are still alive at least.
At 8:13am on October 26, 2011, Kishor Maharjan said…
Thanks Joseph!
At 8:38am on October 26, 2011, Michele G said…
Thanks for the welcome Joseph! I'm just getting started and am already learning bunches from the VC folks here! 
At 6:24pm on December 4, 2011, Freida Wolden said…

Thank you Joseph for your kind comments!

At 5:18pm on December 30, 2011, juniorpetru said…

new year full of joy and love

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