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Sudden increase in liquid
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Started this discussion. Last reply by jim kirkman Jun 1, 2010.

What did you feed your worms today?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Collinsworth May 2, 2010.

I'm wondering about yard waste in a flow through bin
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Started this discussion. Last reply by rom mendoza Jan 9, 2010.

 

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Kristie commented on Damon's group Vermigardening
"I pull any mystery seedling that looks like a melon, cucumber, squash, tomato or pepper -- I grow specific varieties of those plants, and I don't have room for experimenting with volunteers. I let brassica seedlings sprout and eat the greens.…"
Jul 19, 2010
Kristie replied to Eve's discussion What are the most unusual foods that can be fed to worms?
"No, I haven't, but when I harvest, I have a lot of OM chunks left (egg shells, cherry pits, etc.) so I might miss them."
Jul 14, 2010
Kristie replied to Eve's discussion What are the most unusual foods that can be fed to worms?
"I put my fingernail pairings into the bin when I think about it."
Jul 12, 2010
Kristie replied to Michele A's discussion texture of finished compost
"As the others have said, I wouldn't sweat it. If you're going to use it in your garden, just dig a hole and stick it in. As you water, it will leach out into the soil -- roots will grow into it, and wild worms will come explore it.…"
Jul 12, 2010
Kristie replied to Brett's discussion Need more rotten veggies!
"I sometimes put yard waste in my bin, if I am reasonably sure that it doesn't have pests on it. I've put azalea prunings in (soft parts only), blown out roses, pruned lavender, basil tops (I had a lot of basil), dead-headed flowers, crab…"
Jun 11, 2010
Kristie replied to Sandra H Nigro's discussion Fruit flies galore
"I had a serious fruit fly invasion a while ago, and even though the bin was in my basement, I had fruit flies in the whole house. To get rid of them, I did the following: 1) I added 2 inches of coir to the top of my bin to smother whatever flies…"
Jun 11, 2010
Kristie replied to yardfarmer's discussion Pesticides on food
"The only thing I worry about is banana peels. if you search the forum here, you will find numerous stories from people who have had mass die-offs soon after adding banana peels. So I don't put those in the bin at all -- I trench compost them…"
Jun 11, 2010
Kristie replied to Jason's discussion Share Your Milestones...
"My most recent milestone is that I bought 2 extra trays for my Worm Factory. I started with 5, so now I have 7. I added bin #6 to the tower just a few days ago, and it works perfectly. I got a good deal on the bins from Amazon, although I understand…"
Jun 11, 2010
Kristie replied to Jason's discussion Share Your Milestones...
"I just put the chunks out in the garden with the VC. After I've side dressed (or amended or mixed or whatever) the VC, I use my fingers to poke the chunks under the surface of the dirt. In addition to vermicomposting, I do a lot of trench…"
Jun 11, 2010
Kristie replied to Sue's discussion Spent Rhododendron flowers
"I add azalea flowers to my bin, so they are similar. In my head, I treat them like food. In fact, I treat them like really wet food (like watermelon or spinach) and moderate how many I add. I've never had a problem. Like you, I'm careful…"
Jun 11, 2010
jim kirkman replied to Kristie's discussion Sudden increase in liquid
"Watermelon rinds are flooding out my system, but they sure do love the taste!"
Jun 1, 2010
Tammy Locke replied to Kristie's discussion Sudden increase in liquid
"I've discovered the same thing as Joey -- it may depend on the food the worms are given. I had no liquid draining at all until I started feeding the worms watermelon. Suddenly large amounts of liquid started draining."
May 29, 2010
Kristie replied to Bob Collinsworth's discussion Surface Feeding vs. Buried Feeding
"I surface feed. BUT I have a worm factory system, and I keep one tray full of shredded paper (it's about 5-inches deep) and put that on top of the tray I feed. It works really well to keep the flies, etc. down. I got the idea from this forum,…"
May 13, 2010
Bob Collinsworth replied to Kristie's discussion What did you feed your worms today?
"My gosh Eve, how many bins/worms did you feed all of that to? That had to measure out to about a 5 gallon pail didn't it? Bob"
May 2, 2010
Eve replied to Kristie's discussion What did you feed your worms today?
"Coffee grounds Tea bags Bread heals Crumbs and spilled noodles Big package of bad strawberries Very bad Orange Apple skins Onion trimmings Caned beans Egg Shells Dehydrated remains of: Carrots, Potatoes, Celery and Apples from my meal worm farm. The…"
Apr 29, 2010
Jennie replied to Kristie's discussion What did you feed your worms today?
"Rotten banana"
Apr 29, 2010

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
January 15, 2009
What do your worms like to eat?
Carrot peels, fruits, squash
What kinds of worms do you have?
red wrigglers
What worm bins do you use?
5-tray worm factory
About Me:
I live in the Washington DC suburbs, in a small townhouse with my husband and two cats. I have a small garden in my backyard, and I keep my Worm Factory in my basement. I use the VC I produce in my garden.
Website:
http://www.papaya-palace.com

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