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Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Barb Jun 16, 2014.

Would a bag made out of polyester make a good, durable worm bag?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Smith Jul 21, 2013.

A quick flow through bin question
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Danner Dec 16, 2015.

 

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Danner replied to Rick's discussion A quick flow through bin question
""Arching" or "bridging" is fairly common on narrow flow throughs. I just bought an 18" icing spatula to run along the sides as described by Daniel - I'll let you know how it works next time. In the past, I would just…"
Dec 16, 2015
Rick commented on Rick's blog post Worm towers
"Farrel it is hard to tell. I use compost, vermicompost, and activated vermicompost tea in my garden, so everything grew great this year. I do know it made it very convenient to dispose of overripe produce and weeds right there in the garden. They…"
Dec 30, 2014
Farrel Stauffer commented on Rick's blog post Worm towers
"Hi Rick, Just curious...did the towers have any effect on the plant growth in the beds? Farrel"
Dec 29, 2014
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Nov 30, 2014
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Junior & Mega (2)

"Thanks for the update. I also made a wooden stand for my Mega. The legs are 4' in length which I think will make harvesting easier. That was my one big complaint with a wooden flowthrough that I made. The opening was like a foot above the…"
Nov 30, 2014
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Junior & Mega (2)

"Can you give an update on the Mega? I purchased one the end of October, been set up for a couple weeks now and I'm liking it a lot. The worms seem very lively and it holds a lot more then I thought it would. Have you harvested any castings yet?"
Nov 13, 2014
Rick commented on Rick's blog post Worm towers
"It is now the middle of November and the towers were a complete success. I put the garden to bed a couple days ago and any leftover plants were cut up and stuffed into the towers. They took it all without a problem. It had been probably a month…"
Nov 13, 2014
Daniel J Kline replied to Rick's discussion A quick flow through bin question
"After my first harvest the flow through contents were hung up. So I took a long knife and ran it along the sides. It came down gently right behind the knife in many places. Recently I harvested again and one corner failed to drop, so I pulled out…"
Oct 16, 2014
Benj Lucas replied to Rick's discussion A quick flow through bin question
"Hi, Just a question, was the plastic lining you used a weed stop kind of plastic or was It a non breathable type of plastic ?"
Oct 13, 2014
Rick replied to Rick's discussion A quick flow through bin question
"Well, it's been more than a year since this post. I was reviewing my comments and thought I would give an update on what happened. I pushed on the surface and BIG avalanche. I ended up pretty much touching contents of the entire bin. I had to…"
Oct 12, 2014
Rick commented on Rick's blog post Worm towers
"It's July 26 now and I am so impressed with these towers. It is so convenient to weed in the garden and throw all the weeds directly into the towers. Today I filled one of those large muck buckets with weeds and was able to force it into one…"
Jul 26, 2014
Gordon Cottrill replied to Rick's discussion Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
"Hahaha, I go to TSC all the time for my pine pellets that I use for cat litter. But I would never be looking for it at the time because I wasn't into vermiculture. Now that i know I'll get some there this week. Thanks for the info."
Jun 15, 2014
Rick replied to Rick's discussion Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
"Gordon, I got the alfalfa cubes at a Tractor Supply Company store. It was 40 pound bag that was around $12 but because the bag was torn they gave it me for $9. I have been using the cubes for the past 7 months now and I would think that I still have…"
Jun 15, 2014
Gordon Cottrill replied to Rick's discussion Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
"Hi Sue, I need to find where I can get some alfalfa cubes. Sounds like something I would find at the feed store. Meanwhile back at the farm, I just got a shipment of 1000 red wigglers by accedent. So I put them in with my ENC. I think they will get…"
Jun 15, 2014
Rick replied to Rick's discussion Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
"Gordon, add some water to the pellets first to hydrate them. You will be amazed at how fast they fall apart. Then mix them up so that there are no solid pellets left. I have never just used the pellets but with the pellets and alfalfa cubes mixed…"
Jun 9, 2014
Gordon Cottrill replied to Rick's discussion Alfalfa cubes, wood stove pellets and shredded paper as bedding
"Sue, if I do use the pine pellets I will do so in moderation. Like just a handful spread over the entire bed and not in a clump. Much like you would do with bedding."
Jun 9, 2014

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When did you start composting with worms?
June 1, 1998
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Internet
What do your worms like to eat?
Any kind of vegetable scrap.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red worms
What worm bins do you use?
Can of Worms
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
2+

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Worm towers

Installed four worm towers in my raised beds. Used 2 1/2' sections of 6" PVC pipe. Drilled many 1/2" holes in the bottom 18" and buried them to the top of the holes. Filled the pipes with about 10" of old leaves, compost, and added some red wrigglers. Topped each pipe with a 6" plastic nursery pot turned upside down. The pots were nice and snug and each had a hole for drainage so there will be some ventilation. It will be interesting to see how efficient these towers will be over the summer.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:10pm — 6 Comments

Link to an 'EZ-Worm compost bin'

Check out this link I found today for a very nice looking worm bin made from 1/2" exterior plywood and some 2x4's. it looks like it would be easy to make.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/documents/ez-wormbin_guide.pdf

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 12:15pm

Experiment making 'non-bokashi'

Mar 5 - morning - I just checked on the worms and they have moved into and on top of, the non-bokashi.  No heat, smells ok (how good could it smell, it's at least 2 weeks old :-)).  Not bad, two days for the worms to move into the food.  I'll move the photos into my album so you can see the progress. 

Conclusion - using worm castings in a closed 'bokashi type' container to start the decomposition process seems to work out well.  I think you could probably project this out to include…

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:13am — 7 Comments

Shoebox experiment with finished vermicompost and used coffee grounds (UCG)

December 18, 2012 I decided to see if used coffee grounds (UCG) could be composted just by adding some finished vermicompost.  I got a Sterilite clear shoebox and filled it 1/2 full with UCG, with paper coffee filters included, and then added a good covering of finished vermicompost.  I mixed it up a little and then waited.  December 28th I checked in on the project (plus plenty of times before that) and felt that not much was happening and decided to add some worms to speed things along. …

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Posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:05pm — 12 Comments

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At 4:31pm on October 4, 2009, Eve said…
Rick If you want better compost try a flow through bin. The compost comes out a lot nicer. When my flow through had been going a couple months i put in around 4 gallons of wet mud compost from a tote i had been given. It was full of huge chunks of newspaper. In a couple weeks the worms had ate all the mud compost off the paper so well that i was able to read the paper.

If you have the room you should consider adding a flow through to reprocess the compost that comes from your COW. The compost comes out nicer too.

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