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Sharon Hollars
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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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