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What Are The Best Ingredients for Top Quality Castings??
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What ingredients will produce the highest quality of castings?  My thought is that if I were to only feed...say banana peels, then they have their own microbes that break them down while I would…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Jun 18, 2014.

Alabama Jumpers and Hot Composting
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I have an outdoor bin (compost bin made from wooden pallets) in Oklahoma where the high temps can be 107 for several days and the winter lows can be -5 for a few days.My bin has grass clipping,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mandy Jan 14, 2014.

Genetically Modified Grains
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I just got a few Eisenia Andrei a couple of weeks ago.  One of things that I put in their bin was about a tablespoon full of cooked corn.  But it is STILL in the bin after having sat in the composter…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Nov 16, 2013.

Eisenia Andrei???
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Hello all,I am settling down in British Columbia and my hubby and I have been on the hunt for red worms (Eisenia Fetida) since getting back last week.  I was going to try to purchase them locally,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Nov 8, 2013.

 

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When did you start composting with worms?
May 20, 2013
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Website
What do your worms like to eat?
veggies and fruit
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Worm Factory 360
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
1-2
My Vermicomposters.com Map Entry URL:
http://enuffgrace@yahoo.com
About Me:
I am trying to be more eco aware and have starting composting with worms and have also started a compost bin in my back yard which does not contain any worms at all. We would like to know of your experiences and advice that some of your veteran worm people may have. Thanks in advance for joining the group!
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http://www.globalimpactministries.net

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3 Weeks with my Worm Farm 360

Howdy everyone,

I just started doing this worm thing about three weeks ago.  My husband has been kind enough to help me with it.  Actually, he checks on them as I don't yet have the courage to put my hand in the bin...ha.  I don't the food in and take a look when he checks, but ain't touching them just yet....:-(.

Anyway, they seem to be doing fine.  I'm learning the moisture control thing as we go along.  Everything was set up right, but I have lost about 4…

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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:49pm — 4 Comments

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At 10:49pm on August 16, 2013, Bonnie said…

Patricia;

  I keep messaging in the group, but it doesn't seem to be posting.

At 11:55pm on August 16, 2013, Bonnie said…

Yeah, this thing is really messing up, lately.

At 7:44am on August 19, 2013, Richard Berkson said…

Thanks, Patricia, for the welcome. 

My first worm attempt was over ten years ago, with a tiny box under the sink.  The worms were not very happy, crawled out on to the kitchen floor, and didn't survive.  My family was not too pleased, so I didn't take up worms again until several years later.  I will post some pictures of early bin attempts. I have learned a lot when I have read the posts on this site over the years, and hope I can contribute from my own experiences.  -Richard

At 10:12am on August 19, 2013, Patricia said…

Richard,

had I been in your family, I would not have been very happy either! haha.  I cannot imagine coming home of some of the stuff that I have seen in pictures of ticked off worms! sheesh.....

I'll be looking for your pics....:-).  I will be posting some pics too on my page of the harvest that I did today.   

At 9:20am on August 21, 2013, Teresa Vermilion said…

Looking forward to getting some answers and support from you and a lot more people. Thank you for your response. I was so happy to see that there was a site to join where people could join and support each other and ask each other questions that others might know. I really felt that I was going into this blindly and by myself. Especially when I saw how hard it was to buy the worms locally. My mom usually comes up to visit me 1 to 2 times a month, but if I tell her what I am doing, I may never see her again. I don't know if I want to tell her or how I will tell her when I do. This was a very hard decision for me to make. I never kill anything, if there is a spider or a bug in the house, I just put it back outside. But to make the decision to make a home for a ton of worms inside the house and start feeding them was not an easy decision. But the pros outweighed the cons. 

At 10:48am on August 21, 2013, Patricia said…
If you have your worms in a bin that is not obvious, you may be able to get by without telling your Mom what's in it...Lol. Mine kinda looks like a small stackable table. I use the Worm Factory 360. You can look it up and see it. I am currently only using 3 trays.
At 9:05pm on November 26, 2013, Livingston said…

Good for you , Teresa,  doing what YOU want!  And Patricia is absolutely right. No need for her to know!  :  -))  My boyfriend does NOT like the idea of my having worms - and I got a Worm Factory 3  bin system to keep him happy.  (He figured an "official" system would probably be less problems/smell than a homemade one)   I didn't want to spend the money - not really necessary - but am happy I did.  It seems to work better than a big bin.  Doesn't smell at all.  And saw a couple eggs when I looked a few days ago - didn't look too hard, I know they don't like to be disturbed.  

Still on the first bin - don't want to overwhelm them w/ too much food.

So good luck to you!

Also found the booklet that came w/ the system very handy.  PLUS you can call them with any questions!  THAT is a great thing.  

I very much suggest getting the book "Worms Eat My Garbage" from Amazon for most of the questions you may have.  Really helpful.  

At 9:18pm on November 26, 2013, Livingston said…

Hi Patricia--

How many rats do you have?  Definitely would love to get a couple more.   They are such fun.  I miss having them.

My boyfriend thinks I am nuts - mulch piles outside/starting a lasagna garden/love rats and bats/have a worm bin….  

But you can be sure I ain't puttin' my hands into those worms.  I am with you…. worms under my fingernails??  Horrors.  I have a nice THICK pair of rubber gloves on a plastic tray down by my worms - with some newspaper, a spray bottle, a moisture meter and soon a soil thermometer.    Have a thermometer in the bin, but am not sure if it is accurate.  Just a normal one.

Very happy to see the worms in the garden too.  Doesn't mean I want to hugs them!!  LOL   Actually I have been known to rescue worms stranded on the pavement after the rain - with my bare hands!!  Feel sorry for them….about to be baked alive.

Do you remember how long it took you to fill up the first tray?  How long to harvest your first compost?

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