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Dramatic stuff. Their 'giant worm' looks like an Alabama Jumper [link]Continue

Started Jan 27, 2015

Is it Safe to use Chicken Manure?
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Your discussions about Agent Orange and Roundup prompted me to this: I was talking to a lady who knows something about animal feeds, and she tells me that most commercial chicken feed contains a…Continue

Tags: manure, Chicken

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerilynn Walton Jan 18, 2012.

Metric Converter
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For the folks who use Windows and Linux, here's a handy little program for converting and calculating.Continue

Tags: converte, Metric

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Barnard Jul 30, 2010.

Mystery Worms
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I find these guys in my garden from time to time, and would really like to know whatthey are. We live in Durban, South Africa, which has a climate similar to Miami FL.They're definitely not Eudrilus…Continue

Tags: Unknown in Durban

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Barnard Dec 19, 2009.


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Peter Barnard commented on Peter Barnard's album

Collection of Worm Species

"I'm surprised that your PE's are escaping. I found them to be just as content as any other species. (EF's and EE's) Of course if they are short of food, they'll go elsewhere."
Jul 26, 2018
Bruce Gardiner commented on Peter Barnard's album

Collection of Worm Species

"Peter, Thank you very much for that confirmation. Although both the PEs and the EEs have the blue sheen to their heads, I should be able to tell the difference between adults just in their size (PEs small and EEs large). And the baby EEs should have…"
Jul 23, 2018
Peter Barnard commented on Peter Barnard's album

Collection of Worm Species

"No worries Bruce, worms do not interbreed."
Jul 23, 2018
Bruce Gardiner commented on Peter Barnard's album

Collection of Worm Species

"Peter, I am having great difficulty stopping my Malaysian Blues from escaping here in Burma. I have made some Worm Inn style bags that work best, but I'm looking for another species to try. I've been offered some African Nightcrawlers, but…"
Jul 22, 2018

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
September 10, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Helping the local schools with environmental projects
What do your worms like to eat?
Kitchen waste, lots of cabbage leaves, cow manure.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida, Perionyx excavatus, Eudilus eugeniae (African Nightcrawlers)
What worm bins do you use?
Home-made flow-throughs
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
approximately 25 pounds

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Green Peppers

When it comes to gardening, I’m a total amateur, so please don’t take this too seriously. However, I do think this is an interesting photo.

During a recent spell of wet weather, I had loads of leachate dripping out of my flow-through bins.

Since I was mopping it up on a daily basis, I decided to pour some onto this patch of green peppers.

Bear in mind that this leachate is definitely not…


Posted on January 7, 2011 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

Worms Do Not Drown

Worms do not drown - at least not in fresh water.

Three days ago, on November 16, I wanted to see if worms would live underwater.

Here’s a bowl with 2 EFs, 2 PEs, and 2 EEs. This is fresh water taken from the fishpond, with a
handful of vermicompost to make them feel at home. The bowl was… Continue

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Deep Frozen Worms

Deep Frozen Worms -- 26 August 2010

This experiment was done with a mixture of EF, PE, and EE cocoons that were collected on 26 August this year.

They were stored in a pill bottle for 2 weeks, then on 09 September they were placed the deep-freeze for 24… Continue

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 11:38pm — 5 Comments

Perionyx excavatus

On September 22, I took 100 PE’s and put them into this makeshift bin.

Today, one month later, here’s a progress report:-

Lots of baby worms around, but the big surprise was finding three large clusters of cocoons.

There were absolutely no cocoons spread around in the bedding, but many hundreds of them in three specific clusters.

Each cluster was centred inside a big chunk of newspaper.

Compared to other worm species, these cocoons are minute.

Some statistics:…


Posted on October 25, 2010 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 8:12am on July 29, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Thanks, Peter. I mostly use an iPad app or a widget on my Mac. I'm sure most of the members use a Windows-based computer. I'm also not sure where to post such a link. Maybe under a heading "Calculators" and also insert one of the C:N online calculators? What do you think? Are they relevant enough to vermicomposting?
At 7:27am on September 22, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Hi, Pete. Yes, those look like mature BSFL. I'm not sure what the technical term is for them, but they look like ones that are no longer actively eating. From my experience they can still move. If you put them on the surface exposed to light, they should eventually burrow down to a somewhat dry spot to wait until they're ready to emerge as flies. When the fly has emerged, one of the ends is "blown out" and you can feel that there's nothing in there. If you want to keep these safe from predators, I've been storing them in a few inches of dry coir. They do need moisture occasionally, so I also sprinkle some water on the coir once a week while they are pupating.
At 1:50pm on October 4, 2010, Mike B said…
Hi Peter, wow these worms are really amazing me at the rate they're laying there eggs. Split the bin i got from a nursery in mosel bay, they nearly doubled themselves. Need to get me more bins at game, they seem to work quite well. What confuses me a bit is all the different types of earth worms one can get, they obviously work at different levels in the ground.
Is it the red wriggler that works in the first 300mm of the soil?
No not an ostrich farmer at all. I'm a plumber living on a farm renting the house. Seems plumbers have a thing about poop either working in it or playing in it. LOL
At 10:22pm on October 5, 2010, Susan B said…
Bizarre. As I think I've said, I've only had trouble when they get too hot. Maybe our weather systems don't have as big atmospheric changes as yours. I know you're on the coast, but we're a tiny island thousands of miles from anywhere. Who knows.

Hey, I worked in Mozambique (Beira) for 3 years and visited a friend I'd met in Hawaii in her home in Durban. It was a lovely city (and it was really nice to be able to speak English!)
At 4:06am on October 31, 2012, Claire Furlong said…

Hi Peter, I am also a member of the Earthworm Interest Group of Southern Africa. Are you? Claire

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