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Krissy
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  • Menlo Park, CA
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When did you start composting with worms?
July 9, 2011
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida
What worm bins do you use?
Homemade wooden flow-through
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
We'll see!

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So it begins

After weeks and weeks of my bin sitting worm-less with nothing but wet newspaper inside, I finally got around to populating it. I tried to find someone abandoning their worms on Craigslist, but no dice. I drove to San Jose and picked up a pound of red wigglers in person from Jerry "The Worm Dude." They were mostly juveniles and mighty cute. It was a singular sensation to hold big handfuls of pure, squirming worms in my hands as I placed them into the home I had built for them. As I gleefully…

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Posted on July 18, 2011 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments

My almost-free almost-finished bin

Using materials on hand, I built my bin. (Ok, to be honest, I let my father-in-law operate the 100 year old table saw which has no safety features.) I added a drawer to the design when I realized the bottom 3-sided frame would support one perfectly. The weight of the thing started to seem imposing once it put it together, so I ditched my plan for stainless steel Ikea legs and added casters instead. It certainly took some doing to build it, but it was a fun project. I sure hope the worms like…

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Posted on April 7, 2011 at 10:40pm — 6 Comments

DIY it will be. But indoor or outdoor? That is the question.

So I found some nice looking wood on the side of the road recently and thought to myself, "there's my future worm bin." The catch is that I don't know much about wood or power tools, but I'm going to give it a shot.

 

The tricky part is using all my scrap wood with minimal waste or need for additional materials. This involved a lot of math which I'm not proud to say probably took a bit longer than it should have. Luckily I have enough wood for a bin of adequate size. Interior…

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Posted on March 12, 2011 at 12:56am — 5 Comments

Getting Schooled

Responsible future worm-owner that I am, I'm doing a good bit of internet research on home vermicomposting. I've read the classic "Worms Eat My Garbage" and already learned so much from members of this forum. I've yet to start "The Earth Moved."

 

With a goal of eventually vermicomposting all our organic waste, I'm weighing the pros and cons of different setups. The DIY enthusiast and cheap-skate in me wants to go the rubbermaid bin or trash can flow-through route, but the…

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Posted on March 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Latest Activity

John Duffy commented on Krissy's blog post So it begins
"Welcome to the group Krissy. We all share your excitement at receiving your first batch of worms. Get yourself some aged horse manure & sit back & watch the little buggers work their magic...Keep us all posted on how your bin is coming…"
Aug 9, 2011
Krissy updated their profile photo
Jul 25, 2011
Philip Vanderhoofven commented on Krissy's blog post So it begins
"Krissy, Congratulations on your fabulous handful of worms.  "
Jul 19, 2011
Vikki commented on Krissy's blog post So it begins
"Congratulations & by the way, your helper is mighty cute!"
Jul 18, 2011

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At 9:56am on March 4, 2011, Gardener Larry said…

Krissy,

Thanks for the complement. Currently I place about 5 - 7 lbs of food weekly along with several of handfuls of crushed leaves I saved from last fall. I think I have about 5-7 lbs of worms. They could probably take more food but I’m always afraid of the overfeeding issues that so many others have encountered. Surprisingly the level of the bin is staying pretty low. The squirms really compact the food and leaves into almost nothing. The current depth is probably less than a foot so there is plenty of room for expansion as the herd increases in numbers but I don’t see it happening for a while.

Larry

At 12:07pm on March 4, 2011, Gardener Larry said…

Krissy,

Thanks for the complement. BTW – the heater shown in the photo is not in use. After construction was complete I determined that it was more economical to stick a set of Christmas icicle lights in the underside of the bin (attached to a thermostat) rather than having a heating element and a pump running.

Currently I place about 5 lbs of food weekly along with several of handfuls of crushed leaves I saved from last fall. I think I have about 5-7 lbs of worms. They could probably take more food but I’m always afraid of the overfeeding issues that so many others have encountered. Surprisingly the level of the bin is staying pretty low. The squirms really compact the food and leaves into almost nothing. The current depth is probably less than a foot so there is plenty of room for expansion as the herd increases in numbers but I don’t see it happening for a while.

Larry

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