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Nathan Scholten
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  • Scottsdale AZ
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Book Review cont: Biology Ecology Ch.4
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Asha Aug 12, 2008.

Biology & Ecology of Earthworms: Book review cont
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Scholten Jul 22, 2008.

Worm Jeopardy
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How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
I started reading about it on the net
What do your worms like to eat?
coffee, bannana, all the good stuff
What kinds of worms do you have?
E. fetidia, E. hortensis (aka:Dendrobena veneta)
What worm bins do you use?
worm farm
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
About Me:
41 yrs old, father of two, happily married.
Interests include: collecting museum grade fossils, lapidary, leather work, turning pens, cast metal figure making, meteorite hunting, fossil hunting, hydro-ponics, aqua-ponics, and of course vermiculture.

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Cooling Weather

Well it is the first of September and the weather is finally starting to cool off here in AZ.

I have taken the cooling system off line to see how the worms do. With the increased humidity I am getting much more worm lechate.
I hope that everyone else is doing well.
The worms seem to be doing well and are on auto pilot so there is not much to report.

Nathan J.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 8:36pm



I have been gone for the last two weeks on vacation.

As many of you know I live in AZ where the weather is HOT.

So I decided to put my worms in a boarding facility for the two weeks to keep them cool and comfortable.

They spent two weeks in an air conditioned 48" stainless steel dog kennel.

Today I go back and find out how they have done.

While I was on vacation I went fishing in MN and used some Canadian Night Crawlers. (Boy they are… Continue

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 9:03am — 4 Comments

Mid July 2008

Well we are nearing the end of July here and starting to enter the monsoon season so the humidity is starting to pick up. With the increase in humidity I am seeing more worm lechate from the spigot.

My worms are making a great comeback after the disaster of '08.

I have started to work the vermicompost into my garden system and hope to see improved growth. I have been adding a teaspoon of vermipost as a top dressing to each plant on a weekly basis.

I will also be working on… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 8:47pm

Disaster July 2008

Well we have entered the first week of July in in hot AZ.

The cooling system failed on the worms and the soil temp got up to 130F.

I took 3 days to get the temperature re-regulated.

Out of several thousand worms I am probably down to around 400 + eggs.

That should be enough to get me started again.

I started making my own planting plugs for seedlings using vermicompost, coconut coir, and peat moss. For the binding agent I am using knox unflavored gelatin.

I plan on… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

End of June 2008

Well the month of June is coming to an end here in hot AZ.

So far I have been able to keep my worm bin at 80F +/- 1-2 deg.

I added food to the upper working tray today and turned over the compost in both trays.

The lower tray was a uniform dark black moist color just like it should be. There were still a significant number of worms in the lower tray so it can't be too toxic to them yet or else according to what I have read they would migrate out of the bin into the upper… Continue

Posted on June 28, 2008 at 4:00pm

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At 7:29pm on May 7, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Hmm.. you've having good luck with coffee grounds as well? Amanda posted the same... I must be doing something wrong. My worms avoid the coffee grounds until the rest of the food is gone.. and then "drag their feet" so to speak while eating it.
At 7:35pm on May 7, 2008, Steven Chow said…
I put ground egg shells into my worm bin, perhaps I should mix them into the coffee grounds before putting them in. Would that provide similar buffering?
At 7:38pm on May 7, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
It should. I also allow the ground to dry out slightly before putting them in as well.
I am intrigued...CA subsidizes worm bins? How much do they cost you after the subsidy?
At 7:39pm on May 7, 2008, Steven Chow said…
It depends on which county you live in. In Alameda county the Wriggly Ranch is $29 plus shipping which ended up being around $35 total.
At 7:42pm on May 7, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Btw... i liked the theme you choose for your profile so I decided to try it out for the rest of the site.. i hope you don't mind. I would like to come up with something "worm themed" though. Btw. here is a link to the deal for residents of Alameda county inc ase you were interested.
At 7:46pm on May 7, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Thank you I would like to approach the city of Phx, Sctts and see what they think about such a program. Unfortunately the politicians here are more interested in construction than conservation.
Have you contacted Vermico about your site. I think that this would be an excellent addition to their links page.
At 9:07pm on May 11, 2008, Steven Chow said…
Sorry about the missing tabs, I'm still working out the kinks in the site. I just updated it to try to fix the problem. Can you try it again? Also out of curiosity what browser and computer os are you on? Thanks.
At 8:58am on May 17, 2008, Amanda said…
Hi Nathan. An environmental regulator can be many things. I work for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. My position focuses on surface water quality, especially storm water. I inspect construction sites for compliance with the Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. I also provide compliance assistance to municipalities trying to meet the conditions of their storm sewer permits. A large portion of my work is educating the public about the dangers of polluting storm sewers, creeks, lakes and wetlands. I also get called out on a lot of compliants where someone has observed a change in their waterbody, or has observed illegal dumping of pollutants.
I don't get to climb trees at work, but I do get to tromp around in the mud quite a bit.
My brother is an arborist - he climbs trees to trim them, rather than using lifts. He was teaching me to climb. In my photo, we were climbing in a public park in Denver.
At 9:46am on May 17, 2008, Amanda said…
I've tried rock climbing in a gym, but there are a lot more trees around here than there are rocks. And tree climbing is something I can do without having to round up a partner.
What kind of veterinary medicine do you practice?
At 12:08pm on May 18, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Good morning!
I have a small animal practice in snottsdale az.

The web site is
She is my pride and joy the culmination of 20+ years of work and study.
We are slowly trying to "go green" as much as possible.
I looked at solar but the cost was around 170K and that would only generate around 40% of my electrical needs.
So instead we turn lights off, unplug every other light, and run the AC at 82-85 deg if we can.
I havn't looked at putting a clothsline in yet for the animal bedding and towel.
I am not sure what the city ordinace is on such a thing.
Have a great weekend.

Nathan J.

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