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Toilet Paper Tube Filled with Hair = Mating Sanctuary?
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When did you start composting with worms?
June 21, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
SoYouWanna.com, Liking this website much better though.
What do your worms like to eat?
What I've tried : Potato Peels, Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds, Watermelon/Cantalope, Onion, Banana Peels, Watermelon Rinds, Lettuce, Spaghetti, Tea Bags, Pumpkin,
What kinds of worms do you have?
Started with 100, Added 1/2lb. 7/3/2009, 25 on 8/5, 25 on 8/7, 1lb on 10/22
What worm bins do you use?
A Sterilite Container
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
1+, I dont measure but I keep the wormies well fed.
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About Me:
Hi :) I've always wanted to make a composting bin, and have always put off for fear of it being too hard. But so far it hasn't been, I'm finding it to be a relaxing fun project. I'm still in the beginning stages and I must admit, a bin is labor/patience/time consuming. I think my bin is towards the end of its construction time. Improved screen at bottom so the worms can't escape. Going to start letting the worms do their thing :)



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Hello all and Happy New Year! I last checked my bin just a few days after Christmas. There was hardly any food left in there, and there's about 3-4 inches of worm poop and worms, so I think my bins …

Hello all and Happy New Year!



I last checked my bin just a few days after Christmas. There was hardly any food left in there, and there's about 3-4 inches of worm poop and worms, so I think my bins going pretty good. I sifted through about 5 handfuls of worm poop for my plants around my house. I also found lots of cocoons, at least 10, but I stopped poking around not to endanger them. I added some food and some fresh bedding as well.



Tomorrow I'm planning on feeding, but I… Continue

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 8:16pm — 5 Comments

Been a while since checked in...

Yesterday I spent about 3.5 hours doing maintenance to my bin... I started off with only about 15 smalls holes in the bottom(I remember reading 100's would be better) So I shifted bin contents from one side to the other, lifted up the screen, drilled about 100+ holes and re-hot glue gunned the screen down and around.



I was surprised at just how many worms I saw, and I also think they've gotten bigger because there were a lot of little ones last time. There was also a decent amount of… Continue

Posted on October 4, 2009 at 6:30am

Status: Improvement

I've made 4-6 of the fruit fly contraptions in the past two weeks, and most of the fruit flys have now left my bin(and my house :)). Big big thank you to Jeffrey for the video, it worked just great with a watermelon piece, and cut up old banana as bait.



I searched my bin, and most of the food that I had put in seems to be gone. Except I did notice a lot of cut up potato peels I had added, they must take longer to decompose? I've decided to give the whole freezing process another try.… Continue

Posted on August 28, 2009 at 1:49pm — 14 Comments

Checked in...

Last night I was reading up on here about bins heating up sometimes from the food, and that that can be a problem for the worms and they will try to escape. So, the time before last I noticed that the pocket of food, which happened to frozen, and then thawed over night and put in bin - was a little bit warm. So I checked on my bin last night, there was excessive moisture on the top once again, and a few worms were working their ways up and tyring to find a way to escape.



So, I put on… Continue

Posted on August 1, 2009 at 11:09am — 11 Comments

Trouble in Wormadise/Now Brighter Days

Well, a few days ago I checked in on my bin, and found there was a lot of moisture. So I left the lid open, but never closed it back up. A family member closed it but didn't secure it. So yesterday I walk past the bin, and I see stringy dry things on the floor... and I'm like what is that(I've got three dogs so nothings surprises me anymore), but it turns out they were worms. I picked up about 15 dead dried worms. Checked on my bin and once again too much moisture. So I left it open to air out,… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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At 7:08pm on October 21, 2009, Eve said…
It sucks in the fruit flies in fine. But i had to put a very thin fabric screen in the NoSkedo to keep them there. The fruit flies are so small that they can go all the way through.

It didn't get all the fruit flies but did a credible job. It would clear out the house at night and i would have half a day without too many fruit flies. Then they would hatch out another batch by evening. It was very bad and it turned out that it wasn't all the worm bins fault. I had a secondary infestation. They had gotten into my potatoes and kept reinfecting my bin, until i found the bad bag and got rid of them. The bag of potatoes had gotten pushed into the back of the pantry.

When it was real bad I did find a combination of the 'pop bottle fruit fly trap' in the videos, the NoSkedo and placing a solid layer of cardboard directly on top of the bedding did keep them under control enough that i could sit down next to the bin and eat an apple without having to guard the apple from fruit flies.

Then spring came along and i made a new flow through and put the worms outside. They are going to be in the garage this winter.
At 1:53pm on October 22, 2009, Eve said…
There is a drawer that is easily pulled out for emptying. The NoSkedo came with two light bulbs and the first one has never gone out. I've had it for about 5 years with only seasonal use until last fall when i started using it every night until spring. It does work best after dark. It catches any kind of bug the ones without wings just take longer to get there. There is some fan noise but not too loud.

The bugs can stay inside and dehydrate. I only bother emptying it on weekends. And when it gets emptied i take the whole thing outside first. Just in case there are a few live ones inside.

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