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Pat James
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 joined this site almost 4 years ago. My worm bin has been going that long and this summer has almost failed.  I am not sure what the cause really is. In the past I have got over zealous in…Continue

Started Oct 20, 2014

Sifter design
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I stated in another thread about my trommel that I am now using a plate sifter instead and power it with a hand-held drill. I will follow with pictures, but here is the down and dirty for how the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darni Apr 15, 2012.

What I have been doing.
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Over the past several months, I have not been on here much, I only occasionally read the posts. But I have not slowed in my worm composting.I posted a blog a while back telling about how I killed off…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Garbage Guru Mar 2, 2012.

Lost my EF's
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I had a 60 gallon FT that has been thriving for the past year. In the past couple months, though, everything has died off.Now anybody who remembers how I have been managing my worms will know that I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claudia Nov 16, 2011.


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When did you start composting with worms?
June 1, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
What do your worms like to eat?
What kinds of worms do you have?
ef's, eh's. ee's
What worm bins do you use?
a couple small FT's and one large one (all with EF's) and some bins with the other species.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
4 or 5
About Me:
I'm a perfusionist (run a heart/lung machine for cardiac surgery) but have my base degree in animal science, specifically poultry. I owned a pet store for 10 years, primarily fish, birds reptiles and small mammals. So 'farming' worms is not that big a stretch.. I started very small- 32 EH's, and 55 EF's by physical count. I was recently given a little over 2 dozen EE's by a friend. All my worms are progeny of these.

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Getting ready to garden

I wanted to post some pics of my gardening activities so far.  Trying to remember how to put in captions for the pictures.

This is my blueberry plot with a few onions that you can barely see in the foreground. To the left is the 7 ft high trellis I have been building.…


Posted on March 6, 2011 at 2:27pm — 4 Comments


I just got a new thermometer for my greenhouse. It is made by LaCrosse technology. It shows the temp inside and then 2 temps outside. One is the outside sensor and the other is a waterproof probe on a 6 ft cable. Right now I have the sonsor sitting inside my greenhouse with the end of the probe outside so I can compare temps from the comfort of my living room.

This probe would be an easy way to compare air temp and bedding temp in a worm bin too.

Posted on December 12, 2010 at 7:12am — 6 Comments

New Wooden Flow-thru

I am in the planning stage of a new FT bin. I am going to construct it out of wood and line the inside with fiberglass. I just read through alot of the FT's people have made but few tell of problems and failures in earlier designs.

Considerations:1. I want to use scrap wood I already have on hand, so the max length could not exceed 4 ft.

2. I have 15" X 15" collection tubs available and my future source for replacements (they are a little brittle) has no end in sight.

3. I plan… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 4:24pm — 48 Comments

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 2:17pm on November 6, 2010, Andrew from California said…
At 3:00pm on November 11, 2010, Paula Allen said…
Welcom Pat to Indoor Vermicomposting.
At 9:06am on December 12, 2010, Paula Allen said…
Since the plumbing is in side I think we would be ok.  As for the worms I would put a blanket over them. Thanks for the info on tank heater Pat.
At 4:35pm on December 30, 2010, Stephen McGuire said…
What do you euro's like to eat?
At 8:20pm on January 5, 2011, bob Fontenot said…
Pat, my bro-in-law has 2 or 3 on his farm. Their crap is real easy to pick up. They always go to the same spot.
At 2:21pm on January 13, 2011, Bones Stiziles said…
Hi Pat, I've been collecting Helix aspersa, the common Garden Snail. My box turtles get the small ones and what they don't find to eat I harvest the next year.
At 4:53pm on February 3, 2011, Sharon Hollars said…

Thanks, Pat, I'd appreciate that very much!  And I wouldn't have to worry about anybody shipping adult worms in this cold weather!  That's why I only posted on the TX group so far, I was planning to pick them up myself.  Cocoons should ship fine, right?


I'm glad you read it, though.  What would I owe you for the cocoons and how do you want me to send it?

At 8:24am on February 4, 2011, Sharon Hollars said…

Sent you an email, Pat.  I really appreciate the offer, and please, do this at YOUR convenience.  I really would be very happy to send you a padded SASE to reduce your hassle as much as I possibly can.  I'll take whatever cocoons you want to send of whatever species, it's all good.


Thanks again!

At 9:54pm on February 21, 2011, Sharon Hollars said…

Thank you, Pat, I appreciate your comments.  I really am happy with the worms and all you sent.  I couldn't have asked for a better surprise!


I've been reading a bunch about compost tea, VC tea, aerated, non-aerated, anaerobic, leachate and it goes on and on.  Everybody has a different opinion on it with darn few good, solid, science based studies to back up any of it.  As much as I've been reading about how fantastic aerated tea is, the only actual studies I found that qualify as science-based, were touting anaerobic tea and were anti-aerated tea!  Go figure!  I suspect the real answer is to let Mother Nature choose and just offer her as many building blocks as we can.

At 12:28pm on March 2, 2011, Lee Jolliffe said…
Responding to Pat James' questions, What college? What's media design?:  I teach at Drake University, a secret "jewel on the prairie" (we have loads of Chicago kids because we're cheaper than U of IL after the scholarship packages are offered). Media design is InDesign, Photoshop, sometimes html, iMovie, and such. Most of my students get their internships now as "mo-jo's" (mobile journalists), expected to write news stories and post photos they've taken from the news event using a mobile "hot spot" they carry with them. When they graduate, they wind up at,, BetterHomes&, etc, etc. (We have Meredith Corp, the big magazine company, here in town, so we have an "in" for placements.)

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