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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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Mar 16, 2018
Rick replied to World Composting's discussion Urban Worm Bag
"I've used a Worm Inn Mega for the past several years and liked the harvesting idea but it dried out too much and the castings close to the sides of the bag would turn into cement. It was very hard to get these castings to come out of the…"
Mar 16, 2018

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When did you start composting with worms?
June 1, 1998
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
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?

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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.

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…


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. …


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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