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New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
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HI guys, Life is funny.In April, I set up two worm hotels (coir bedding) with one pound of purchased worms in each. They have never seemed happy. I moved them from the mud room (too hot?) to the back…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Feiller Jun 9, 2012.

Racoons
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HI all,I am about to start serious redwormcomposting and wanted to do it outside this spring and summer. Has anyone ever had any problems from racoons pillaging the worms or their feed?Up until now,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duffy Apr 15, 2012.

 

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Rich Feiller replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"Since i wasn't very successful at training the worms i had ten or so years ago to travel upward i split the tower up into it's four componets. So they have been for years four worm bins. I mentioned this should you obtain more worms you…"
Jun 9, 2012
Andrew from California replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"Where did you purchase your original batches of worms for the Hotels? Some worm sellers ship a mixture of worm species, some of which tend to wander more than others. Some also ship less-than-healthy worms, but those should have died off by…"
Jun 9, 2012
Glenn Wilson replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"I got bins and WF in the house and compost bins with worms outside. They seem to work well."
Jun 8, 2012
Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel replied to Ann Rosenthal's discussion My vertical worm bin is filling up with worms in the bottom tray - help!
"I too was losing worms in the lower bin and they were drowning. I started my "hotel" only in April, and thought of them as "suicides".  I added a bin below to catch those "loners" who seemed to seek another life,…"
Jun 8, 2012
Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"Hi, Rich and Andrew, Both replies have me thinking since I am new to vermicomposting, but not new to composting or to worms. I have 1 Worm Hotel 360, and 1 original worm hotel, both are plastic, and both have a possibility of 5…"
Jun 8, 2012
Andrew from California replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"Nancy, it would help if you described your worm hotels in more detail. Size, bedding material, temps, etc. Photos would be even better. Certainly there's no harm in sending your indoor worms to outdoor summer camp, but they should be perfectly…"
Jun 5, 2012
Rich Feiller replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?
"The red worms that come from many generations of eating yard waste vs. the worms you purchased came from a worm farmer that fed them manure of some sort. their progeny will not know better and be happy. The worms that came from the horse manure do…"
Jun 5, 2012
Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel posted a discussion

New Worm Housing: Hotel or outdoor summer camp?

HI guys, Life is funny.In April, I set up two worm hotels (coir bedding) with one pound of purchased worms in each. They have never seemed happy. I moved them from the mud room (too hot?) to the back yard, north side of the house under the eaves so they didn't get direct rain, but it has been a wet, wet spring and the bedding often seemed too wet. I moved them finally to the basement where weather and wetness are steadier. Meanwhile, in my outdoor compost pile into which I added over 500 pounds…See More
Jun 5, 2012
John Duffy replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion Racoons
"Fish carcass are great for flower beds! Bury them 6" deep between your flowers...They are also great for growing potatoes"
Apr 15, 2012
The Garbage Guru replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion Racoons
" Little story on Raccoons. Was on a job one day and the maint. guy there threw in a toilet into the dumpster but didn't know two Raccoons were in there.He hit one.Must have knocked it senseless for a bit.The dumpster guy was coming so i…"
Apr 15, 2012
The Garbage Guru replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion Racoons
" Hardware cloth is actually that metal galv. screen with different size square holes that comes in rolls in the fencing dept..I use 1/8",1/4 and 1/2".But use 1/2" on my bins so my Black soldier flies can get in and out.Study BSFL…"
Apr 15, 2012
Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel replied to james Bates's discussion Potworms achieve warp speed
"What are potworms?  I am new to managed composting...."
Apr 15, 2012
CathyM replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion Racoons
"I think you will be fine but a lot of sites say to be cautious.  I googled and only found one story of a guy with problems with raccoons and worm bin outdoors, his was away from the house under an apple tree. He also had mountain lions, possums…"
Apr 15, 2012
Joseph Despins left a comment for Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel
"You are welcome, thanks for adding me as a friend!"
Apr 15, 2012
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Apr 15, 2012
Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel replied to Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel's discussion Racoons
"LOL.  OK. I don't think we have rats, but would they be able to get into the plastic worm bin? We do have a local possum, but I am not sure s/he comes so close to the house. When you talk of hardware cloth, are you speaking of tape for the…"
Apr 15, 2012

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When did you start composting with worms?
April 14, 2012
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
My father introduced me to my first organic garden at 5 years old.
What do your worms like to eat?
Leaves, garden clippings and old wood.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Mixed now, but starting with red worms this week.

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At 2:07am on April 15, 2012, Joseph Despins said…
Welcome to Vermicomposters, Nancy!
At 11:04am on April 15, 2012, Mindbridge: Nancy J Stremmel said…

Thanks, Joseph.

At 12:04pm on April 15, 2012, Joseph Despins said…

You are welcome, thanks for adding me as a friend!

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