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"How can you take them out like this and that the stay that way?"
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"how old is your son???? i discovered vermicomposting for my 9th grade science fair project. our fair is 2 weeks from now, and i tested different types of food.( they like dog hair best(:(: ) i am hoping to make a business out of this too, or at…"
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new ideas with worm composting

i thought that it would be nice to have a group for pioneering with new tybes of worm farming or new types of worms that you cross bread or any new ideA that you have with worm composting
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"Most science fair competitions have a required format. If the participant doesnt dot the I's and cross all the T's they arent usually considered for awards. It doesnt mean the project isnt a good one. In fact, kudos to you and your son for…"
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When did you start composting with worms?
November 20, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Science Fair experiment
What do your worms like to eat?
I don't know yet
What kinds of worms do you have?
Euro reds
What worm bins do you use?
Roughneck rubbermade totes
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
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My son and I are just getting started with this as a science fair project. But my son wants to make it into a business that he could make some extra money with. any help we get would be great.

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Science Fair

The Judges at the science fair were not kind to us.( they must be worm haters.) My son did not even get an honorable mention. His teach was surprised by this. She thought that he should have won. He had put in more time and work than the other kids. I think are problem was with the way we displayed the project. There was so much info that he put it in a book and not on the board and I don’t think the Judges even looked at it. O well there is always… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 6:31am — 3 Comments

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At 8:44am on December 2, 2008, Eli said…
Acclimatization: is the process of an organism adjusting to chronic change in its environment, often involving temperature, moisture, food, often relating to seasonal climate changes.
It might be conditions that will change faster to their liking, if they stay put. The worms light sensitivity, can play a role in keeping them in. Cover the top layer of food with a few inches of wet shredded paper or a moist sheets of cardboard. Try leaving the lid off, with the light on, they will not venture out into the light. They will stay in the deep, dark and begin to vermicompost.
I run into this problem when I add too much food to bulk, the bins over heat and the worms try and excape the heat. I add more bulk and turn the compost releaving the conditions that cause the worms to exodus.
I also found a wonderful Jerry Baker idea for fruit flies that will find old produce lid on or not. Pour soda, juice, honey, or put a bit of the fruit into jar. Cover the jar with a small plastic bag, and wrap a rubberband around the lid to secure the plastic bag. Use a fork or pin and poke a few holes into the bag. This works in pinciple to the crab pot. The flies go into the tiny holes and are content eating. You can easily move the fly trap outside into the cold to die, with out them escaping. The bag is clear and the holes are small, their brains are a few nerve endings not to much reasoning. Once dead clean out trap, refill, cover, and your ready to start trapping again.
At 1:34pm on December 9, 2008, Carl said…
Hi Scott,

I figured the worms were doing more than what was apparent in the photo. I think this is a good experiment. Thanks for posting all the photos. I've been watching them.

-- Carl
At 7:26am on December 10, 2008, Carl said…
It looks like these might be cocoons just to the left of middle at the top edge of image IMG_5168. I can't tell for sure.

At 7:38pm on December 10, 2008, Robert Fraser said…
Hi Scott,
The one photo you have of the single worm, I noticed it was thick bodied, what kind of worm is it? big Red.The reason I'm asking,I think I've come across a different species in my compost pile. in which Bentley is not sure what it is.
At 9:17pm on December 17, 2008, Sue said…
Hello Scott,
thank you for the welcome.
When I bought my bin last week, I also bought1/2lb of worms which I was told are Eisenia Foetida.And since they look so skinny and not lively at all I ordered 1 lb. from another place.
Right now I am reading up on postings about worm composting from different sites, trying to solve the problems I am encountering and be prepared for coming problems.
Happy Vermicomposting!
At 11:28am on December 18, 2008, Sue said…
Hi Scott,
I did contact Red Worm Composting before I even joined Vermicomposters. Unfortunately Bentley doesn't ship his worms that far (I am on the West Coast). He must really love his worms and doesn't want to risk them dieing in transport.
I have bought my last batch of worms closer to home. They arrived 2 days after placing the order (shipped via Canada Post).
If I need more worms, I think I will go find a stable and see if the owner will let me catch some worms. I have tried my back yard and the neighbour's by putting cardboard on the earth that looks "rich"; Nada! Maybe not long enough and then it started to get really cold.
I have never ever thought worms cost sooo much.

At 10:27pm on December 18, 2008, Robert Fraser said…
Hi Scott,
Merry Christmas to you and Family!
Hope to talk to you in the New Year.
At 4:09pm on December 21, 2008, Megan said…
Thanks Scott!
At 9:42pm on December 23, 2008, Beth said…
I am glad to see your son is doing a science fair project on vermicomposting. I thought this would be a great topic. I have judged a few science fairs and one thing I will tell you is make sure you state your question, and answer it. You probably know this already. But, some of the students/contestants did not win simply because of this. But, it is not about winning anyway. Have fun!
At 12:10pm on December 25, 2008, Eli said…
Merry Christmas!!

I have a canadian site that is wonderful Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture
its full of information almost a scientific approach

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