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Lisa Cota
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  • Potsdam, NY
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Ratio of castings to "dirt"?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Hughes Feb 21, 2010.

Worm Grunting on Dirty Jobs

Started Dec 22, 2009

Cardboard question
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Started this discussion. Last reply by catherine daly Oct 18, 2009.


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When did you start composting with worms?
May 15, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Grew up composting
What do your worms like to eat?
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Modified Roughneck totes
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Not sure
About Me:
Happy that my husband "enjoys" my songs about my pet worms :)

Lisa Cota's Blog

Harvested the Roughneck; moisture still an issue

I harvested my Roughneck tote last night. I posted something in the general thread about ratio of castings to dirt in a finished bin, worried that somehow that ratio would be "off" in my bin. I shouldn't have worried- the contents were beautiful (I didn't get pictures, unfortunately). There were still some decent sized chunks of bedding that I split between the new bin and the bin of finished stuff. I figured I'd let a few pieces provide some food for whatever babies I missed when I harvested.… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

Flow through - One month later

I am continually amazed at how much stuff the 35gal flow-through can handle. Some weeks I feed it three times a week, and the bind handles it beautifully. When I fed today, I noticed some worms in the zone I was feeding. It was nice to see a few, just to know they're there. I had a few brief problems with leachate in the beginning, but I was actually watering the bin by pouring water over it once a week or so. I now know not to do that. I've only had two escapees through the top, and none… Continue

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 6:21pm

New Flow Through!

Merry Christmas to me! I was going to start a third Rubbermaid Roughneck bin, when DH suggested just going to a large modified trashcan-style flow through. I haven't been really thrilled with the Roughnecks- excess moisture has been a real problem. One field trip to Lowe's and an hour and a half of work later, and we have ourselves a new bin!

That's the bin with the holes drilled.

There's an inside… Continue

Posted on December 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

It works! Drainage suggestion put into practice:

First, thanks to Jeff Kurtz for this idea! I posted my problems with leachate as a discussion in the Stackable Bin Group, and Jeff posted a picture and description that I tried out, with great success.

I drilled a hole in one of the corners of one of the tote lids, then put the lid on three milk crates. I put the bins on top of the lid. I put a small bucket under the corner of the lid that has the hole. The leachate drips into the small bucket. It's perfect! All I have to do is empty the… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 7:21pm — 3 Comments

What if they're afraid of the dark?

I've had an active worm bin for about two weeks now. They're in a modified Roughneck tote- drainage and air holes galore, with the floor of the tote covered with some window screening to keep the beasties in.

My husband is a wonderful man. He was the one who actually drilled out the tote. The first few days we had the worms, we kept them outside. I sorta snuck the bin inside one day while he was at work (he kept telling me worms were outside pets! Imagine!), and moved it to the bathroom.… Continue

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

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