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When did you start composting with worms?
May 11, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
A friend told me that she was considering it, so I began to investigate.
What do your worms like to eat?
Veggie scraps, fruit cores and peels, melon rinds, egg shells, coffee grounds
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia Fetida
What worm bins do you use?
Worm-a-way Model 7003
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
About 4

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Update on progress

Hi All:

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've been busy with other things and the worms really do seem to need very little attention.

Since my last post near the end of June, I've done my 6th, 7th, and 8th feedings. I have usually been feeding about once every 7 to 10 days, but a couple of times I have waited 2 full weeks. My last 3 feedings have averaged 83 oz. I have added some rock powder each time, and also more of the beneficial parasitic nematodes…


Posted on August 18, 2010 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

Fungus Gnat Update

I did my 5th feeding yesterday (6/24/10 - 74 oz), added more Rock Dust, and added more Beneficial Parasitic Nematodes [Steinernema carpocapsae] to control Fungus Gnat larvae.

Oh, I also did a thorough cleaning of all of the windows in the guest bedroom where my bin is located. There were squished fungus gnats all over and dead ones all over the radiator covers (they are prolific little buggers).

The population of fungus gnats seems to have decreased, and now…


Posted on June 25, 2010 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

Run to the light little fungus gnats!!!

Well, both the beneficial parasitic nematodes and the Luralite Cento Plus wall sconce bug light arrived today. The bug light is up on the wall right above my bin, and the first application of nematodes is in the bin. I will keep you posted on the progress. I just hope I can stop squishing fungus gnats against the windows and do a thorough cleaning of them soon.

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

HELP - Fungus Gnats

Hi All:

Well, I didn't even make it to the one-month mark without a problem with fungus gnats. I've been reading previous posts on the topic to get ideas on how to get rid of them.

1.) Somewhere I read that you should leave the bin uncovered for a few days to bring down the moisture level. So, I've had it uncovered since this past Tue.

2.) I tried putting an apple cider vinegar trap right down on top of the bin, but I've only caught about 3 or 4…


Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:01am — 5 Comments

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At 3:43pm on May 26, 2010, jk said…
Wolf shirt!
At 1:06am on June 7, 2010, joshua said…
Hi Terence!
Thank you for welcome. Serious wormer? I am just triying:-) Realy do not know how many food my worms eat. I prefer special grain recipe than kitchen garbage. Yes, I am raisnig my worms for sale, check my website:
At 10:07pm on June 11, 2010, veronica duarte said…
At 10:08pm on June 11, 2010, veronica duarte said…
Let me know if the link works :)
At 1:46am on June 12, 2010, Mark Tranter said…
Hi Terence!
Thanks for your welcome!
At 10:59am on June 15, 2010, Diane said…
Dear Chicago Vermicomposters:

I'm looking for an reliable, enthusiastic person to take my plastic worm bin. The bin started off with about 1 lb of red wigglers from Pacific Mission Gardens and has been running for about a year. Since it's a very well-established system, I've been able to get away with some cavalier things, such as putting in an entire head of frozen broccoli, or dumping in 20 lbs of food (along with plenty of bedding, of course) before going on a month-long vacation. The worms are thriving, and I estimate that the population must be at least 5000 by now.

The bin has a healthy population of springtails and mites, but I have to warn you that it also contains fungus gnats as well. The fungus gnats don't really bother me, since their population seems to ebb and flow along with the conditions of the bin, and I put a layer of sand on my plants to keep fungus gnats from emerging there.

Please let me know if you are interested. I'd be happy to tell you about my routine and also pass along a couple of other vermicomposting tools that I constructed. I've loved keeping the worms this past year, but we are moving to New York, and I don't think they'd survive the move.


At 2:27pm on June 16, 2010, Gardener Larry said…
Hey Terence,
This site looks like a great resource. I started my bin last September after my daughter said that her teacher had set one up, and then went to a tray system (Worm Factory 360). It is going great but now I am looking into making a small continuous flow system - the tray system still needs to have worms sorted from the VC by hand. I have a garden and have been making tea but I could use more castings. I look forward to reading and posting to this site.

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