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Tomato Seedlings
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hanley Aug 15, 2010.

Can food be too aged?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Lauver Mar 20, 2010.

Strawberry Preserves
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stevesd Jan 2, 2010.


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Jun 24, 2018
Darni replied to Josh's discussion Tomato Seedlings
"I experienced the same thing-hundreds and hundreds of tomato seedlings. I guess we can make a money by selling those seedlings also! I offered them in the freecycle but it's late and no one wants them!"
Aug 9, 2010
roberta Gregson replied to Josh's discussion Tomato Seedlings
"We also ended up with some tomatoe seedlings this year. And let me tell you, they are producing the sweetest tomatoes we have ever grown."
Aug 9, 2010
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Tomato Seedlings

Now that Summer is nearing its end I thought I would mention an unfortunate by-product of my vermicompost. I harvest almost 3 full 5-gallon buckets of rich vermicompost which I used to start my Spring seeds. It worked really well, and has made me more enthusiastic to expand my worm system for next Spring.However, I also noticed that I had volunteer Tomato seedlings springing up in almost every single pot. Late last Fall I threw in a whole bunch of unused green Tomatoes (last Summer was a bad…See More
Aug 8, 2010
Bob Lauver replied to Josh's discussion Can food be too aged?
"I've got some food that has been in ziploc bags in my unheated basement since December. The container I keep next to the sink smells like puke when I dig out a meal for my wormies......they don't seem to mind a bit. I am getting leachate…"
Mar 20, 2010
Andrew from California replied to Josh's discussion Can food be too aged?
"Several months?!? I might have risked experimenting with half a cup or so to start, but most likely would've just dumped everything in my compost bin. Sounds like your worm bin is well able to handle whatever you added. My main concerns would…"
Mar 20, 2010
Nic replied to Josh's discussion Can food be too aged?
"i have come to the conclusion that worms left their noses behind somewhere during evolution- otherwise they would be killed by smells( if that is possible). i noticed that it has alot of moisture with it. my bin now is kinda squishy, and i even…"
Mar 20, 2010
Josh replied to Andrew from California's discussion DIY Flow Through bins: a collection of links
"Hey, I made it to the top of the list! The TOP, man! Of course, that also means my bin is the smallest, but still the top. Wahooo!"
Jan 5, 2010
Josh replied to Garden Citizen's discussion Do worms mind spicy food?
"Those I don't know about, but I did add some jalepeno peppers to my worm food and nothing seemed to happen. However, I did blend them up with a bunch of other stuff and then mixed it thoroughly with about 5gallons worth of worm food just to be…"
Jan 4, 2010
Garden Citizen commented on Josh's blog post My 5-gallon mini flow through bucket
"Hi Josh, I've been wanting to make a tumble composter and I think using a 5 gallon bucket is brilliant. Can you post pictures and maybe a little thing on how you made it? I know it's kind of off subject but it would be a great way to age…"
Jan 3, 2010
Stevesd replied to Josh's discussion Strawberry Preserves
"Hey Josh..try this . your 'serves will be a super carbon so if you can get your hands on like a half of bushel of coffee grounds, mix it up and feed them babies. Take it easy though..mix that much sugar with coffee grounds and things will get…"
Jan 2, 2010
Nic replied to Josh's discussion Strawberry Preserves
"i think i read somewhere that one commercial worm farmer feed them straight sugar as food. this might be wrong, but i remember odd bits and pieces from stuff i read alot. hope it helps"
Jan 2, 2010
Andrew from California replied to Josh's discussion Strawberry Preserves
"Josh, after reading an account where someone put candy in their worm bin, I added old chocolate bars to my "feed bucket". I didn't notice any adverse effects. I'd bet the worms will love strawberry preserves...maybe try a…"
Jan 2, 2010
Kenneth Westervelt replied to Josh's discussion Strawberry Preserves
"I occasionally add rotten strawberries to my bin, and haven't had many problems yet. Strawberries are fairly wet and will really encourage certain fungus/bacteria growth, as well as attract fruit flies and any other critters attracted to a wet…"
Jan 2, 2010
Josh posted a discussion

Strawberry Preserves

A friend who is infatuated with my worm bins just dropped off a quart of strawberry preserves that went bad, thinking I could feed it to me worms. Obviously this would have a high sugar content. Can anyone tell me if this would be okay to add to the bin? (Note: I would probably add it to my feed bucket, so it would be mixed with the other food scraps and not feed to them "pure").
Jan 2, 2010
Josh replied to Zenon/Jennifer Herrera's discussion egg shells
"I'm not a big fan of adding crushed shells to the worm bin. I've heard of people who have killed off their bin because of the sudden change in pH. More importantly, since we are really into organic gardening the crushed eggs shells can…"
Dec 15, 2009

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
May 16, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
What do your worms like to eat?
coffee grounds, garden scraps
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wrigglers
What worm bins do you use?
plastic bin
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
still learning
About Me:
I'm a Christian pastor in the beautiful state of Michigan. I am married to a wonderful woman and have three amazing kids. Other than chillin' with the family, I love reading, writing, and working in the garden during my time off.

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My 5-gallon mini flow through bucket

I have been given a couple 55-gallon plastic drums (one is now a tumble composter) and I plan on turning the other one into a flow through style vermicompost bin (as seen elsewhere on this site). However, I wanted to experiment a little first before tearing into what was a rather hard to find barrel. So I am experimenting with a 5-gallon bucket. Veteran vermicomposters may already be doing this (or perhaps know better not too----we shall see). I just followed the design of the larger bind,… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 11:19am — 7 Comments

Compost Bin using only coffee grounds

I am about 3 months into my first (plastic bin) vermicompost bin and things seem to be going well (though my poor worms did struggle with some major noob mistakes on my part initially).

Now I am about to start my 2nd bin. I just received three 5-gal pails full of starbucks expresso coffee grounds. We regularly add our home coffee & filters to the initial bin, but I am considering trying to compost only with expresso used grounds in the second bin. No food scraps, no bedding, no… Continue

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 6:41pm — 7 Comments

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At 5:28pm on August 25, 2009, Susan B said…
Josh, we were trying to ignore the bad post and just let it go away. Please don't respond to the Hitchcock Center posts. If no one clicks on it, it will get buried.

How is your mini flow through going? I'd be interested in knowing if it works or it's just too small. Maybe you could give us an update on your blog?
At 6:43pm on August 25, 2009, Susan B said…
It would be a little full, but it might work. You wouldn't want to leave all of them in there for very long. You definitely need more than 100. Have you had many cocoons yet? Do you still have a 2nd bin to put part of them in? From what I've read, you want between 1/2 and 1 lb of worms per square foot of surface area. I'm guessing if you put 1 lb in the 5 lb bin it would be a little crowded. If you put all of them in the 1 bin you'll get great compost quickly but you'll suppress reproduction.

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