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Wayne commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"Norm, Usually people put down several layers of newspaper, four layers should work. Then they add shredded newspaper, then some finished compost, a little soil or fine sand, (worms need this for their gullet to help digest food) and maybe some…"
May 6, 2013
NORM JORDAN commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"I have heard the best form of flattery is duplication,  or something like that !!  Well, after seeing this style bin,  I too decided to make one for myself. Spending hours at the potting table sorting thru VC, cardboard, shredded…"
May 6, 2013
Sharon Hollars commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"I have a vinegar trap out - made from a water bottle. I cut the top off and inverted it to "funnel" the flies into the vinegar and help keep them from getting back out. I also use a tiny bit of liquid soap in the vinegar/water mix to help…"
May 14, 2012
Wayne commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"Thanks for the quick reply! It was interesting to hear about your results. I was thinking that if there was any deflection of your PVC tubes from the pressure of the compost above, those tubes would be hard to turn. I heard that a small dish of…"
May 14, 2012
Sharon Hollars commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"Producing VC well, now.  If I had to do over, I would put the PVC pipes a little closer together and forgo any type of screws.  I cannot turn the "scrapers" anyway,the VC tends to rest on the pipes and is too dense and heavy…"
May 14, 2012
Sharon Hollars commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post Doggie Digester (DD) Update
"Update for this year.  Loads of worms, now, but no BSFL seen yet.  I've seen adults, but don't yet have larvae visible.  I have not had to start another bin, although it was a near thing last year.  I lost my big dog,…"
May 14, 2012
Wayne commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"Sharon, How is your FT bin working with the screws? The last update was March of last year when you just had a break through but had not harvested your first batch of VC."
May 14, 2012
Wayne commented on Sharon Hollars's blog post My new FT bin
"I was thinking about making something very similar to this, but instead of screws, I would drill holes entirely through the PVC tubes and insert stiff plastic dowels that would protrude out each side. I would glue them in place and then fill the PVC…"
May 14, 2012
Sharon Hollars replied to Geraldine Roberts's discussion What am I seeing here, bacteria?
"You're not going to appreciate the bacteria giving a sparkling effect to the moisture.  Flagellates and amoebas could be just large enough to give a sparkling type effect to a droplet of moisture, IF there are enough of them. …"
Oct 6, 2011
Sharon Hollars replied to Daniel Miller's discussion Worm Tea
"My brew is usually a pretty dark brown, but I also add some blackstrap molasses (unsulfered) which darkens the tea.  Can you tell us more about your brewing technique and maybe we can tell you if you need to make changes or not.  Do you…"
Oct 6, 2011
Sharon Hollars replied to Glenn Wilson's discussion Chipper Shredder
"When I'm shredding heavy cardboard, I use a utility knife to cut it into strips about 1.5" wide, then feed a bundle of them into the branch shredder tube.  The leaf shredder part clogs too easily and doesn't break the cardboard…"
Sep 17, 2011
Sharon Hollars left a comment for lawrence Taylor
"Sometimes it depends on the day how eloquent or how tolerant I am.  I've been known to "not suffer fools gladly" myself some days.  Thanks for the complements.  Maybe next time it'll be you covering me, lol!"
Aug 11, 2011
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Aug 11, 2011
Sharon Hollars replied to Glenn Wilson's discussion Table Sugar
"I don't need an apology, but someone else might."
Aug 11, 2011
Sharon Hollars replied to Don Dillon's discussion The power of BSFL in the group BSF - Hermetia illucens
"Wow!  Very impressive!  When my swarm was at it's peak earlier this summer about 3-4 lbs of dog poo would disappear in 24 hours, but they've subsided somewhat with the heat.  It doesn't disappear quite as fast…"
Aug 11, 2011
Sharon Hollars replied to Glenn Wilson's discussion Table Sugar
"Glenn, I don't think it's appropriate to speak to anyone that way.  Why are you doing it on a public forum?   I don't think Lawrence means "Doh" to you, but about himself that he thought he might be missing…"
Aug 11, 2011

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When did you start composting with worms?
October 1, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Have known about it for decades, finally decided to try it myself.
What do your worms like to eat?
Variety is the spice of life.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Ef, Ee, Eh, Ag
What worm bins do you use?
RM, worm tubes in the garden, plus new FT.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Only about 3 pounds a week so far (new bins).

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Doggie Digester (DD) Update

OK, here's the top I made for the DD.  After more research, much thought, input from some friends (thanks especially to Pat) and a timely bump of some links from Andrew, I decided I was much better off allowing lots of ventilation, and free access to the BSF, so they can help reduce the volume of the, ahem, "worm food" a lot quicker.  It's quickly becoming apparent that the sheer volume produced by 3 large dogs is going to be an even bigger issue than I originally anticipated (I didn't even…


Posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:57pm — 15 Comments

Doggy Poo Digester

I've been contemplating an in-ground, doggy-poo vermidigester for a while, now, and finally got it placed and started the other day.  I used an old Rubbermaid trash barrel we've had around for over a decade.  We bought it new to use for aquariums and such.  It's never had anything in it but clean, filtered, fresh or salt water.  It had some large holes drilled in the sides because it was a reservoir for RO water and had a "sight glass" tube attached to the side to show how full it was. …


Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

My new FT bin

So, I guess I'm pretty hooked on vermicomposting already.  I've gone from the garden worm tubes started in early fall, to a RM bin, to the new FT bin.  The bins are both indoors.  I seeded the worm tubes with Ef's, the RM bin is Ef's and the FT is EF's so far, but I'm working on sources of Eh's, Ee's (thanks, again, to Pat James) and looking for any other species that can co-habit in a FT.  I'm hoping to add some Alabama jumpers as I work the garden come warmer weather.




Posted on February 4, 2011 at 2:05pm — 23 Comments

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At 2:12pm on January 5, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…
welcome sharon feel free to post comments and discussions.
At 5:08pm on January 5, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…
your welcome for the welcome. im a regular here at the site. i started vermicomposting in mid november. and started composting in the back yard in july. i'm planing on building a FT bin in the next 2 weeks. i'm trying to not exceed 20 dollars on it. so i can buy more worms. i have learned a lot on this site. and still learning every day. dont be afraid of asking questions around here everyone is very helpful.
At 1:37pm on February 3, 2011, Pat James said…
Sharon, When I get time, I will see about separated some EH cocoons. Then all you'll have to do is drop them into a bin and wait a while. I might even find some EE cocoons for you... Better than buying pounds of worms. My eh's all came from 32 original individuals...
At 7:19pm on February 3, 2011, Pat James said…

Last fall I made the same offer of cocoons on gardenweb. Mostly the people got EF's but since I pulled from a mixed bin, I figure some EH's were mixed in. I simply pulled cocoons and put them into a little plastic bag with a couple pieces of cardboard to protect them from being crushed in the post office. The whole thing will cost like 2 stamps, so you do not owe me a thing.


The big problem is seeing the cocoons. I see them very clearly under sunlight but for some reason I find it difficult to see them under artificial light. As soon as the weather warms up and I can do all this in the afternoon I will send you a batch. Send me an email with your street address to This weather we are about to get is gonna screw us up but as soon as I can, I'll get you some.

At 6:57am on February 19, 2011, Pat James said…

Glad the package arrived safely. I was pulling your chain a little when I told you that i did not find the numbers of cocoons I expected. I found that alot had been hatching. Those worms came from VC that was too wet to sift easily so I set it aside by species. It was too cool to go outside to pick cocoons. (I can see them easily in sunlight but have a difficult time in artificial light.)

Your post on the leachate is exactly why I am very glad to help you out. Your explanation  was very well thought out with a rationale based on your knowledge of biology. I'm glad you are on this forum.

At 8:15pm on April 16, 2011, Lee Jolliffe said…

Did you send along your USPS address, so I could send you some of the heirloom green onions? (If so, I can't find it; my progressive & environmental online groups have gone ballistic over what's happening in D.C. lately and jammed my gmail inbox.) Could you re-send, maybe just here in peaceful gardening-land?



At 11:34pm on April 16, 2011, Lee Jolliffe said…
I'm getting old.... I was starting to answer a comment from someone else, and your comment from April 6th was right below it, saying you wouldn't mind having some perennial bunching green onions...or at least, that's what I thought you said. But you're right. We were talking about chives..... I've clearly been poking around online too long, avoiding fun things like housework.

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