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Joseph Despins
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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 commented on Damon's group Vermigardening
"I have tried having some worms in the flowering plant pot. Only a few. Worms and plants are doing quite well. On occasion I tuck dead leaves into the top inch of soil to feed the worms. I also tuck into the hole fresh castings when transplanting…"
Mar 11, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to World Composting's discussion Urban Worm Bag
"The system is popular on 2 of the Facebook Vermicomposting groups in which I am a member. I don't have one so can't comment. It looks less laborious for castings harvest."
Mar 2, 2018
Joseph Despins commented on Barry Winters's blog post Egg Carton Feeder
"Brilliant idea!"
Feb 19, 2018
Joseph Despins commented on The Garbage Guru's group vermicompost tea users
"I give my indoors-grown plants worm castings tea, made by just dissolving moist castings in warm water. They are responding nicely."
Feb 5, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Milt's discussion High speed power sifter
"Thanks, Milt. I'm glad you're still around here. Where is everyone?"
Feb 4, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to PIERS DIESTLER's discussion PHOTOS ADD TO BLOG?
"Like this"
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to PIERS DIESTLER's discussion PHOTOS ADD TO BLOG?
"You should be able to upload a photo directly from your hard drive using one of the links shown above. It is the second one from the left, next to the icon that looks like a chain."
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Deb's discussion Worm Inns for sale
"Awesome! Are you still worming?"
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Adam Tolley's discussion my new CFT
"Looks great! How's it working for you?"
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Deb's discussion Worm Inns for sale
"Try Craig's List?"
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Milt's discussion High speed power sifter
"You're a master at these devices, Milt."
Feb 1, 2018
Joseph Despins replied to Lukas's discussion Pellet horse manure
"I have not tried it but I believe once the dried manure becomes remoistened from the other moist bedding and begins to decompose, the worms would feed on it."
Feb 1, 2018

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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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