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What was your 1st Vermicomposting System
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My 1st Vermicomposting System was a Rubber Maid type bin.  Bentley Christy (The Compost Guy) had a video on youtube on how to make a worm bin. 

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paula Allen Apr 24, 2011.

YOU KNOW YOUR A WORM AHOLIC WHEN YOU?
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When you see a simple plastic tote and wonder how many worms you can put in there.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Jolliffe Feb 16, 2012.

Common newby mestakes
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I hope to learn from others.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat James Nov 6, 2010.

 

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When did you start composting with worms?
October 11, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
The Compost Guy Web Sight
What do your worms like to eat?
all kinds of produce
What kinds of worms do you have?
I will have red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
I will be using the Compost Guys suggestion on Utube
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
1 to 2 lbs a week
About Me:
I want to start vermicomposting. I started bin composting out side this spring and harvested 9-5 gallon buckets of compost a couple of weeks ago. Will start my first vegetable garden in the spring.

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My Trash Can Flow Through Fell Through. Ykes!!!!!!!

The paper at the bottom of my FT broke at the sides and VC fell into the tray I had to catch the vc.  I tried to put some paper in to stop the falling VC but then all if it came out.  I swept it into my Worm Inn and Worm Factory.  I still had VC left over and put it into a 5 gallen bucket. Covered it with lawn fabric and the bucket lid with holes in it.   

   When I re did the Trash Can FT replaced all but two speaker wires with plastic steaks.  Speaker wire is where the VC broke…

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Posted on May 30, 2011 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Is rain water collected from a asphalt tile roof safe for the plants?

This question came up in the gardening class.

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 8:58pm — 9 Comments

Going to a Gardening Class

   A couple I know that wants to start gardening this spring are going to this class.  Its free.  Any way they told the guy about me and my composting and vermicomposting.  He calls and asked if I would talk about it. 

   I  was thinking about taking a small tote.  Mark hole spaces with a sharppee. I forgot what size drill bit to use for the holes.  Take some bedding supplies, cardboard. egg cartons, shredded newspaper, and phone book pages shredded junk mail. .  Maybe a zip lock…

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Posted on February 19, 2011 at 2:10pm — 11 Comments

Comment Wall (36 comments)

At 10:57am on October 30, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Paula, my guess is most folks also have a regular compost bin. There are some who live in condos or apartments and don't have space for a compost bin. Thing is, in my case, worms found their way into my "regular" compost bin turning it basically into a large worm bin. I can't begin to guess how many worms I've got in my 2 compost bins, but that's where I go to stock new worm bins or add to existing worm bins. Right now I've only got EFs in them, but I plan to throw in some EHs in there. They should do well during the winter months.
At 8:21pm on October 30, 2010, John Duffy said…
Hey Paula,
Definitely use the mulched leaves instead of peat moss. The finer they are chopped-up, the better. Use them around trees, on flower beds, in the garden...Mix 1 cup Blackstrap mollasses in a gallon of warm water & sprinkle on the chopped leaves to help get the microbial action going. If you have access to lots of leaves, you might consider a vermitrench composting system
At 5:51pm on November 2, 2010, Susan B said…
It's a lot of fun and can become addicting. It took me more than 2 years to get over the really really addicted stage and settle down to normal care for my 'girls-and-boys'.
At 7:22pm on November 2, 2010, John Duffy said…
Paula,
Sounds like your hubby knows what you like. Maybe St. Nick will bring you a couple pounds of worms to stock your can-o-worms...My wife still kinda shakes her head in disbelief about my worm antics but, at least she doesn't throw out fruit & veggie scraps anymore
At 11:45am on November 3, 2010, Ar-Pharazon said…
I agree, there's a lot I still have to learn about this hobby, but it's great to be able to have a discussion about it here. Most people find the subject weird, distasteful, or just uninteresting. :-)
At 12:11pm on November 3, 2010, Ar-Pharazon said…
Yeah, too true. People don't understand much about what fertile soil is. They think it's just dirt, like broken rocks.

The mainstream idea about growing plants and food is even worse, I think. Lots of people seem to think that if a plant isn't growing well, the solution is to get Dow Chemical on the phone.
At 10:51pm on November 4, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Paula, worms in theory like it a little acidic, so pH 6-6.5 is good. But really you don't have to worry about pH. They can handle pH 5-9 and that won't happen unless you do something really weird. You'll see lots of other issues way before the worms have a problem with it.
At 10:05am on November 5, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Paula, you might want to consider one of the trash can flow throughs for an outdoor bin. You could start with one and add more as your worm population grows. That way you can roll it into your garage for the winter months. Of course you could go real big with one of the on-ground bins, but you'd need to winterize the bin to keep the worms alive. Bentley and others have done this so you'd have plenty of examples to follow.
At 3:34pm on November 11, 2010, Pat James said…
used to be in several of the groups on one account or the other. I don't rejoin until I want to make a comment.
At 9:42am on November 27, 2010, Kristin Sanchez said…
Hi. I am excited to get my 360 going.

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