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Moisture levels at bottom of bin
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I have an insulated flow through that is working great and the worms seem to be happy. I live in the Chicago area and the bin in located in an un-heated detached garage. I use a painters light…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Lambert Nov 17, 2013.


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Gardener Larry left a comment for John Wilhelm
"John, First sorry to hear about your wife. A neighbor passed with ALS and I know the toll it can take. On to your bedding question; If the worms in their last days of life started to stress they may have left behind worm casings (eggs). If you…"
Feb 24
"Maybe I do too much work but I always save a couple of bags of leaves from the year prior. That way they have a year to dry out. I found that the maple leaf stems don't always break down nicely so I will manually sift the leaves through…"
Feb 13
"Your symptoms sound a lot like the ones I have. My FT is in the garage and I am outside of Chicago so during the summer this might be beneficial. During the winter though I might be afraid of loosing heat. I use a wire based heater since the garage…"
Jan 25
Gardener Larry replied to Adam Tolley's discussion my new CFT
"Just curious, are you just putting in bars or any type of spinning bars design that would help harvest? I think that is the only thing I might have done differently on mine."
Jul 19, 2016
Gardener Larry replied to Deighton King's discussion Halloween Treat
"I sent out word to my neighbors to drop off their old rotting Jack-O-Lanterns. It is easier to remove the little candles than the pumpkin seeds :-) The worms are loving them. The garage is at 50 degrees so the rotting has subsided a bit and when I…"
Dec 8, 2015
Gardener Larry replied to Nemesis099's discussion Is this forum dead??
"Forum is not dead but earlier in the year several spammers really drove people away. I pop on every couple of weeks or so depending on how busy work is. BTW - your videos were spectacular. I still tend to my FT and a couple years ago I built a…"
Oct 5, 2015
Gardener Larry replied to Kate M's discussion Heating with soil heat coil
"I went with a slightly different solution. Worms are in an unheated insulated garage inn Chicago area. Temp in garage is 32 today. I used these (not necessarily from these vendors…"
Jan 6, 2015
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Dec 22, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to Tammy Nguyen's discussion Lost Younglings
"Light tends to keep all worms in the bedding and darkness promotes wandering. Since you stated that the container is blue the light may not be penetrating such a dark color. I thought I read somewhere here that the eggs are typically produced near…"
Dec 19, 2014
Gardener Larry and Tracy Oram are now friends
Mar 17, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"When was the study done? It seems quite surprising considering Cornell has a page touting the benefits at"
Mar 10, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to Tracy Oram's discussion Flow through methods?
"1) It is a reptile (I think 18 watt) heating cable that is hooked up to a thermostat so that it only turns on when the temp gets below 70. I lay it right on top of the soaked crushed leaves I lay on top what ever food I put in the bin. Then I lay…"
Mar 10, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"The last time I tried this I used a large piece of sturdy card board that I folded into a "V" shape. The one feature that eggs have over castings is that they are pretty round and roll when placed on a piece of folder cardboard. I placed…"
Mar 5, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to thuan's discussion Tea brewer
"I LOVE Costco. I cannot believe this type of item is actually available. Like everyone else I had to build my own."
Mar 5, 2014
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Cedar Flow Through with heating tubes

"Eileen - Glad I check back every so often. The bin you are looking at was my first attempt. I later rebuild it with a better inner liner and better insulation. You should look at this…"
Mar 5, 2014
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When did you start composting with worms?
August 1, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
My daughter told me about her teacher having a bin.
What do your worms like to eat?
Fruit and vegetable scraps and all the left over pumpkins
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Homemade Flow Through
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?

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Subtle lessons from experience

Six weeks ago I finished re-building my FT. Some things I have learned since then.

1)       Worms like crushed leaves - but not if they are too dry.

2)       Drawers without slider mechanisms will absorb moisture and swell shut and be almost impossible to open

3)       My worms can handle more food than I originally thought

4)       A worm bin can act as a work area for sifting leaves, drying out VC etc...


1) I was placing food then dry crushed…


Posted on May 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

FT Mistakes of late

04/14/2011Update- Well the new FT is finished and I am very happy with the outcome. Pictures can be found at The first pictures are what happens when you use spray in foam insulation in a wall - bad idea! The rest of the pictures are of the new bin during and after construction.

Other than a few small mistakes…


Posted on April 11, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The great rice heater experiment

2010-10-06 - Conclusions: It appears that the rice did raise the temperatures slightly, although I do not believe that the small amount that it raised the temperature would do much good. I am leery of adding much more than I already have.

I know that people have had over heating issues with rice and I wonder what the starting temps were when the rice was added. At the low temps we have had lately (compost was in the high 60's), I am of the belief that the bacteria,…

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 6:26pm — 6 Comments

My First Rotary Vermicompost Harvester

I've been watching the site for about a month now. Researching, looking into the FT designs and looking at the harvester for separating the VC. In the past I have had a couple of 3 X 3 frames that have ¼ and 1/8 screening on them. They are a pain to use. I decided to make a rotary harvester. I'm a little…


Posted on June 29, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 1:13pm on June 16, 2010, ReikiMaster60657 said…
Hi Larry:
Welcome! It's good to see another Chicagoland person on the forum. I just started my bin about 5 weeks ago.

At 7:43am on June 30, 2010, Darni said…
Nice job Larry. I can't find your blog !
At 1:42pm on June 30, 2010, Darni said…
Thanks Larry for making it public. Can you please get some more photos of your two screenings in details? I have to convince my 14 year old son to make one for me !
At 10:05am on July 1, 2010, Darni said…
Thanks Larry for more pictures.
At 11:24pm on March 3, 2011, Krissy said…
Larry thanks so much for posting the great photos of your cedar bin. I'm planning to build a similar one (but without heater) with scrap lumber and yours is the best inspiration I've found so far. Would you mind sharing how much food you put into it each week? I'm trying to determine what size I should make mine. Also, how deep is your VC? Do you find you need the full height of the bin?

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