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What was in the water in May 2008?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven Chow May 13, 2009.

Worm bin... at Target?!?!?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Capt. Matt May 3, 2009.

Stacking tray bins -- opinions please!
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When did you start composting with worms?
May 1, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
I was encouraged to start a demonstration bin at my work (I do environmental education).
What do your worms like to eat?
Bunny poop, any kind of fruit scraps.
What kinds of worms do you have?
I think Eisenia fetida.
What worm bins do you use?
Right now a Rubbermaid tub with air holes. I'd like to upgrade to something fancier someday.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Not much, I'd say maybe 2-3 pounds.
About Me:
I'm a big nerd and an educator (I'm working on getting certified to teach high school biology). I compost with worms to reduce how much waste I send to the landfill.

Laurel's Blog

Happily wormin' away

My new Worm Factory is just awesome! I'm so happy that I shelled out the money for it. Plus, on Saturday I bought another pound of worms as I decided I don't want to wait for the population to grow when I have so much fruit and veg waste (hooray for summer!) already piling up.

The good:

-Composting happens, and fast! There's a lot of beautiful crumbly compost in the first tray I set up.

-No smell (the old poorly constructed Rubbermaid tub bin had a tendency to get AWESOMELY… Continue

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

Finally: The Worm Factory!

After much neglect and many bad habits, my Rubbermaid tub bin went completely downhill. It got anaerobic, and stinky -- many worms tried to escape and only ended up crispy and dead on the carpet (much to my girlfriend's extreme displeasure), while others died in the bin. A while ago I had decided to go ahead and invest in a well designed bin. I read a lot about different models and got some great advice right here from all you wonderful vermicomposters, so I settled on getting a Worm Factory. I… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

Wild Worms

Okay, so I know everything you read is really clear on how you can't just go in the back yard and dig up some worms and throw them in your bin. But... well... I did it anyway.

I went over to my mom's house yesterday and she's been telling me for months (whenever I talk about my worms) how she has red worms in her compost pile outside. So she and I dug around in her compost and, sure enough, she has worms that look suspiciously like EFs. They are red and stripey and even have the… Continue

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 8:41am — 2 Comments

Worm powered lettuce!

I got some lettuce starts a few weeks ago and planted them in a big shallow pot with a mix of old potting soil and lots of worm compost. They're doing really well! My girlfriend is terrified of eating anything grown in "worm poop" though so this lettuce might just be for me, the rabbit, and the hamster, if I can't bring her around to reason (dude, the whole world is made of worm poop! mellow out!)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:33pm — 8 Comments

Experimenting with that Boreal Wormer design

I've been a little frustrated feeling like my plastic tub bin isn't getting enough air, so I decided to try to add some additional aeration. I'm starting easy -- I added a PVC pipe (slightly more than a dollar at the hardware store) with lots of tiny tiny holes drilled in it running through the bin, inspired by The Boreal Wormer. I only added a pipe to one side (I haven't had a chance to drill holes in the second one), and I pushed all the… Continue

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

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