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Curing Vermicompost
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I have had this ping pong debate with a good composting pal of mine. She states vermicompost (VC) has a definable shelf life. Which under conventional methods I agree with. I say why can't you age…Continue

Tags: worm, vermicompost, castings, aging

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Vormwald Mar 24, 2014.

what is a "cultured" earthworm?
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yesterday I went to the farmers market and to my surprise someone was selling earthworms and castings. They were really nice people and I chatted with them a bit to learn their process. They said…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue May 18, 2013.

Can anyone identify?
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Does anyone know what this pest is? It wiggles from side to side and is about the size of and inch worm but does not crawl at all. I am sure it is some type of larvae but I can't seem to pinpoint…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynn Tillson May 5, 2013.

seeking ANC advice :)
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OK so now I am finding larger SOP deaths in my population. Currently I am raising the in 5 gallon buckets. Does anyone have suggestions as to proper population ratios? Thanks!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Shull Nov 9, 2013.

 

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Michelle replied to Lance Waedemon's discussion Using the blender for making worm chow
"I add a bit of liquid to my scraps then use an immersion stick blender to turn it into a slurry. I bulk up the slurry with cardboard do the bin is not overly saturated. Works well for a small setup."
Apr 7, 2015
Michelle updated their profile
Mar 11, 2015
Michael Vormwald replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"In your case at least some of the organisms are fed...while others fast....but this is okay as long as there is air, moisture.and the temperature is moderate. Where there's trouble is if/when it gets too hot and/or dry or it's sealed so…"
Mar 24, 2014
iJohn replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"Micheal...! I run my VC through a 1/8" screen, the VC that doesn't  make it through the  screen goes back to be "finished" by the worms, I store the VC/castings in large plastic garbage cans with  loose fitting…"
Mar 21, 2014
Patricia replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"I have another bin in the United States (stackable) and the lady keeping it for me has some in storage.  We were not sure of what to do to keep the microbes alive and not allow their food source to run out as someone stated earlier.  She…"
Mar 21, 2014
Michael Vormwald replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"I'm not sure how you would do that...zillions of beneficial organisms are dispersed in what could be a fair volume of material. I think the best we can do for storage is to keep moist and not seal out air. The organisms will need to fast until…"
Mar 21, 2014
Patricia replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"Well, I would suppose that the best way to care for your Vermicompost that is being stored would be to throw in an occasional piece of food so that the bacteria have something to continue to thrive on. Is that correct?"
Mar 21, 2014
Michael Vormwald replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"There really is no such thing as 'curing' vermicompost and aging does nothing to improve it. Vermicompost is best used fresh. Why? In addition to the nutrient value, vermicompost is alive with bacteria, fungi and protozoa. These are living…"
Mar 21, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"A great question ~ I stand corrected with my answer, lab tests is the way to go, I would like to know if my theory is correct. I never have enough VC so dont store it, if it is to be stored as mentioned it must be moist & in a ventilated…"
Mar 17, 2014
Tracy Oram replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"Here is a pic of the red worms that I sorted from the castings mentioned in my first reply. I believe that there may have been 300 worms that hatched in the castings that I thought I had cleaned so well."
Mar 8, 2014
Michelle left a comment for Cathy Nesbitt
"Sorry for the delay in response. Had some surgery and been too woozy to get online for the last few days. Found a surprise in the ol "inbox" and we now be fellow worm heads - how exciting! I learned years ago while taking an environmental…"
Jan 30, 2014
Michelle and Cathy Nesbitt are now friends
Jan 30, 2014
Tracy Oram replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"I set my recent casting harvest in a vented container that I previously used as a bin. I threw in a small amount of food on the basis that remaining cocoons wil probably hatch. It is kept at the same temp as my production bins and I still moisten it…"
Jan 28, 2014
Patricia replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"Wow....cool that they continued to live."
Jan 26, 2014
Peter Smith replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"Hehe, yeah goes on forever, but no :).  Basically there's not that many worms in it (I don't feed it THAT much) and they tend to be on the bottom as there's no real 'food' pile to be eating.  So I scoop the VC out,…"
Jan 26, 2014
Patricia replied to Michelle's discussion Curing Vermicompost
"But then you just have to harvest again what has become another worm bin! ha .....Right?"
Jan 25, 2014

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
October 10, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Environmental science class
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers, African Nightcrawlers
What worm bins do you use?
Several indoor bins, Worm Inn and Worm Factory 360
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
25-75
My Vermicomposters.com Map Entry URL:
http://vermicomposters.com/wormbin?id=2477
About Me:
I am a yank from Maine who has set roots in East Tennessee and have just been introduced to vermicomposting. What is waste...it is just misplaced resources and vermicomposting is pure proof of that. So um yeah, brand spanking new - heck I am still wet behind the ears! Found this website while doing research and thought it would be cool to converse with other worm heads!
Website:
http://wormcompostingandmore.com

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 4:34am on January 17, 2013, Joseph Despins said…
Welcome to Vermicomposters, Michelle. This is a great place to learn with many friendly and helpful folks.
At 6:38am on January 17, 2013, Michelle said…
Thanks!
At 12:23pm on January 21, 2013, Michelle said…
I get my squirmy wormies this week! Getting excited...
At 2:45pm on May 4, 2013, Milt said…

Hi Michelle, I raised Africans and there is a fallacy about how to bed them. The ANC is an aerating worm and does very well in deep bedding. I had beds 24 inches deep and they populated it all the way down, not like a red wiggler that stays in the top 6 inches bedding. That allows a much higher density for the available surface area.

Thanks for being a friend, Milt

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