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Stackable bins
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle Craigmiles Feb 15, 2012.

I found this in my CLOSED bin
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Started this discussion. Last reply by RJ_Hythloday Mar 28, 2009.


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Mark from Kansas and Ryan Green are now friends
Aug 22, 2012
Mark from Kansas replied to Christopher B.'s discussion PH
Mar 22, 2012
Mark from Kansas replied to Christopher B.'s discussion PH
"May I suggest you read the package label for Tums antacid. Just crush up one if you think it will help."
Mar 21, 2012
Mark from Kansas replied to Michelle Craigmiles's discussion Fruit Fly's?
"I rarely have fruit flies and can't explain why. As for your potato skins go, I freeze mine overnite, thaw, and add when they get to room temp. I usually freeze most of my feed. 2 dozen worms wondering is not a cause for panic. I lined the…"
Mar 21, 2012
Todd H and Mark from Kansas are now friends
Mar 4, 2012
Todd H left a comment for Mark from Kansas
"mark how about an updated video on bentlys page on your bins?i injoy all the videos on your oscar  "
Mar 2, 2012
Michelle Craigmiles replied to Mark from Kansas's discussion Stackable bins
"This is a grate idea!"
Feb 15, 2012
Mark from Kansas left a comment for Michelle Craigmiles
"Hi Michelle, Here are some videos from my friend Bentley. Mark"
Feb 15, 2012
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Feb 15, 2012
Mark from Kansas and Philip Vanderhoofven are now friends
Jan 27, 2012
Alex "The Vermikid" Wang left a comment for Mark from Kansas
"i emailed bently about the message"
Aug 11, 2011
Mark from Kansas replied to Tony Giegler (BearDrummer)'s discussion Newbies ideas
"I with Larry. My herd loves toilet paper tubes."
Aug 8, 2011
Mark from Kansas replied to Tony Giegler (BearDrummer)'s discussion Newbies ideas
"Hi Tony, I started with an 18 gallon tub ($5.00). It didn't take up much room and I have 3 large bins in my house now and 4 in my garage. When vermicomposting remember that all bins are as unique as thier owners. One thing that appeals to…"
Aug 7, 2011
Mark from Kansas replied to Gary Underwood's discussion Help me, I'm new at this! Any advice?
"See what I'm talking about Gary! "
Jun 30, 2011
Mark from Kansas replied to Gary Underwood's discussion Help me, I'm new at this! Any advice?
"Advice? After you have been doing this a while, you will become an expert on animal manures. Don't tell people unless asked. Here is my point, a co-worker of mine lives next to a buffalo ranch, I asked her if she introduce me to the racher…"
Jun 30, 2011
Mark from Kansas replied to Stuart Karas's discussion Finding Commercial amounts of waste
""I think I could probably get a good deal by trying to take waste from food pantries and maybe even large distribution centers." It has been my understanding that if you were to collect waste from the large places, you may be required to…"
Jun 24, 2011

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When did you start composting with worms?
October 1, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Composting which led to Bentley's website
What do your worms like to eat?
manure, paper, coffee grounds, secret stuff etc
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
OSCR/flow through
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
averaging 48.8 lbs.
About Me:
I started this OSCR on 10/16/09. Visit to see how much garbage I am recycling in my garage.

Comment Wall (52 comments)

At 5:49am on March 24, 2009, Eve said…
Yes i loved the idea and am planning to use it. I have considered fixing the setup to run cold water in the summer to cool the bin in extra hot weather too.
At 6:07am on March 25, 2009, catherine daly said…
Hi Mark,
I'm afraid I have no good method for large quantities- I've ususlly just hand-picked from small amounts of castings- though if they're left to dry a bit first it is easier to see the cocoons. The best thing would probably be to keep the castings warm, on the dry-ish side, and put some moist food nearby to attract the babies as they hatch.
Of course one of the reasons castings are so valued in the garden and in agriculture generally is that they have cocoons in them and thus help to continue enriching soil after the cocoons hatch.
At 6:17pm on July 27, 2009, Cathy Luna said…
"Ed, I have 4 bins in my garage where daytime temps were up to the 100s for at least 14 days. I added more crbons to the bin and froze the fresh food before feeding them, the bin temp stayed to about 80 but never over 85 degrees. I covered my bin w..."

This is a post that you made...what do you mean by that carbons? And what specifically would that be? I live in SE Iowa and the heat is on! Thank you for your help. Cathy
At 6:53am on July 28, 2009, Cathy Luna said…
No I haven't used a thermometer to check the temp...but sometimes I can feel the heat. I have started putting the food in just one corner (vs spreading it around) and I put a frozen bottle of water in the top bin. I do freeze my food. Do u put the frozen food in? Or do u thaw it out? I have been thawing out my food before I put it in the bin. I am still confused about the word "carbon" Is that a specific type of food? Cathy
At 8:31am on July 30, 2009, Sue said…
" I use the freezer to freeze stuff overnite to use the following day. "
I'm not sure I follow you Mark. If it's just overnight, why freeze it at all? Just to break the cell walls?
At 11:45am on July 30, 2009, Sue said…
Mark, you're able to keep the temp down because of that cooling system you've got, right?
At 11:51am on July 30, 2009, Sue said…
Mark, another question. Those 20 -25 lbs of worms you've got, do they all originated from your 1000 start-up? What bins do you have in the garage?
At 12:42am on August 10, 2009, Susan B said…
Wow, I didn't even know your question was on my page. Sorry for the late reply.

To harvest the big FTs, people use the 3 timed garden forks and pull the tines across the bottom. Since I have such small bins, I put them up on my work table and use my fingers to pull stuff out. With the wires 1" apart, it was harder to get the finished VC out. You definitely DON'T want a grate. It would be a nightmare when you wanted to harvest. If you have a grate, you might need to change it out the first time you decide to harvest.

I don't think I'd do anything different other than what I mentioned in the blog post. (Make sure the newspaper covering the wires goes up the sides a little before adding everything.) I'm really happy with them. I just wish my worms would reproduce more quickly! I'd love to add more stuff.
At 6:39am on August 26, 2009, Bones Stiziles said…
I've only used my harvester once but it works great. I designed it so i can adjust the angle depending on how fast I want material to flow through.
At 6:47am on August 28, 2009, Eve said…
Mark i am thinking of adding a worm bin heater group. I would like to make a photo of different heaters people are using. May i use the photo you sent to Red Worm Composting in the photo?

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