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6yr old news interview
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael glassen Dec 10, 2009.

Careers in compost
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelly DuLong Feb 19, 2009.


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When did you start composting with worms?
November 6, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
The Internet
What do your worms like to eat?
lettuce, apples, coffee grinds, cucumbers, and much more
What kinds of worms do you have?
What worm bins do you use?
10 lb Rubbermaid Roughneck bin
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
I haven't weighed any yet
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About Me:
I am a stay-at-home mom to two kids. I have countless hobbies, the latest of which is vermicomposting. I love to garden and while researching outdoor composting, I discovered vermiculture. My intentions are to create compost tea in the spring and spray it on my gardens and lawn.

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I don't know why I didn't think of this before....

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Don't use glue!

In my last post, I mentioned that I layed a towel between the bin and it's lid to keep the fruit flies out. What I didn't mention is that I had tried something else first that was a BIG mistake.

I thought that if I could attach a cushioned material around the lip of the bin, then the lid would seal on tight, preventing the flies from returning. So, I spent a few hours trimming craft foam, gluing it down with a waterproof epoxy, clamping it in sections and then taping the edges down… Continue

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Eliminating fruit flies

So, I promised my friends I'd write about how I got rid of the fruit flies. I will make this one quick since I'm excited to write about the worm bin demonstration I had on Friday.

I'm no expert on this matter, but I will tell you what worked for me. As I wrote previously, I had a batch of stinky bedding/food which I piled into an open cardboard box to air out. It quickly became infested with fruit flies, so I transfered the compost into a plastic bin with a lid. Every day I went to… Continue

Posted on February 21, 2009 at 1:44pm

Desirable mistakes

Why was I ever afraid of making mistakes? I did extensive research online and rented a book from the library 'Worms eat my garbage' by Mary Appelhof. I carefully plotted my first move, worrying that I didn't have enough holes in my bin, or it wasn't the right size, etc. When my worm order arrived in the mail, I placed them in the bin that I had stocked full of food and bedding two weeks prior… Continue

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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At 4:02am on January 22, 2009, Mike Firesmith said…
I am a firesmith. I work mostly with things that burn! My craft, such as it is, would be writing. Do you sell your wares online?
At 12:38pm on March 17, 2009, HermanClark said…
I am new to Worm Farming...doing the research. You do demonstrations?
At 6:44am on March 18, 2009, HermanClark said…
So, you started worming about six months ago and like it so much that you are getting a Master Composter Cert.? So, it is worth doing?
I would like to ask you more questions, if you have time, like do you do it just for you, meaning for gardening or do you also do it for business?
It sounds fascinating.
At 5:23pm on March 18, 2009, HermanClark said…
Ok, I'm using you as my expert...I spoke to my wife today about doing this and she thinks it's a great idea, she supports me (sometimes). Anyway, I've been reading all the books and going online reading blogs and watching videos, a few questions:
1) What is the best bin to buy for someone starting out that does A LOT of gardening and could use the castings?
2) Because we live in Michigan, should I do this indoors and move them inside during the cold or just do it indoors year round?
3) How long does it really take to get a tray of casting for a garden?

Last one for now...sorry
4) What worm distributor do you recommend for my first purchase?

Thanks, and I hope I haven't scared you away...can you tell that I am excited about this.

PS...I also looked online for the courses I Macomb and Wayne co...but that is later.

Thanks again,
At 5:23am on April 5, 2009, bpearcy10 said…
Hi Kelly,

I've enjoyed reading your posts and pictures. I added a 50/50 water vinegar mix to a plastic Coke bottle and sat it near my Gusanito bin. It's working.

P.S. I used to live in Plymouth, MI for 3 years. (I'm living in Tampa, FL now.)

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