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Worm tower
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Who here uses a worm tower in their garden? Does it work good? What are the pro and cons for it? What worms do you use in it? Can you post any pics of it also please?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Aug 19, 2012.

Horse manure
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Is horse manure green or brown?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brandon Koots Jul 23, 2012.

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Can anyone tell me anything about blue worms?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen McGuire Sep 17, 2012.

Moisture meter
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My wife bought me a moisture meter today. Does anyone know what the best moisture content I should look for on it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by james Bates May 20, 2012.


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When did you start composting with worms?
November 18, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
composting books
What do your worms like to eat?
Butternut squash, watermelon, spinach, lettuce, and strawberries.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Euro worms and red wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Red wigglers in 1 Worm Inn and 1 Gusanito worm composter. Euro's one 45 gallon RM
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
5+ pounds

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VC Experiment

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

new at vermicomposting

i just started last week. i bought 180 euro worms (super red worms) from walmarts bait refrigerator. i'm using an 18 gallon rubbermaid tube with air holes in one and its raised in another 18 gallon rubbermaid tube. i have damp corrugated cardboard, coffee grounds, spinach, and egg shells in it.

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 10:26am — 4 Comments

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At 11:01am on November 26, 2010, Larry said…
Stephen -- Thanks for reaching out and introducing yourself. I have been "lurking" in for a while but not had any human interaction. I have had my worm bin for about eight months now starting with 1 lb of red wigglers. Pretty good results (they didn't die), and have muliplied and consume what I put in.

My best experience has been giving them watermellon rind, pumpkins (after halloween), mellon rind, and spoiled apples. Coffee grounds is a regular addition. I stay away from citrus and my experience with bannas was not good (smelled bad).

Good luck with your project. Let me know how you make out !

At 11:28pm on November 26, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Stephen, Euros "nightcrawling" is normal. It's easy for them to travel up walls because of the condensation. They'll do this even when everything in the bin is ideal: temps, moisture, food, etc. If there is no condensation on the walls, most of them won't bother to go very far. You can accomplish this by not using a lid. I have one RM bin that I cover with dry, torn cardboard and a dry burlap cloth. The bedding under remains moist and the worms stay there.

I also turn on a string of LED Christmas lights (4 watts) at night to discourage any of the worms that might try to head out even with the lack of moisture. But if your lid is secure and you have some ventilation, there's nothing wrong with them wandering around the bin. I'm going to test using a 5 gal. bucket with a tight lid and just leave them alone a week at a time. They won't be able to escape and I'll open the lid only to feed them.
At 12:39pm on November 28, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Stephen, I have the Christmas lights over a 14 gal. tote with ~3/4 lbs. Euros. The lights are piled on a piece of plastic with a 1/4" grid. I have it set on a timer to turn on in the evening. During the daytime there's enough ambient light to keep worms under. This "lid of lights" spans about half of the top opening, so there's plenty of ventilation. I don't get any condensation.

If you want to try it with the lid, take a look at this worm bin modification. You could insert 10-20 of the Christmas bulbs instead of a single night light. Of course with a lid you will probably get condensation and some worms may wander in any case. But it seems to me that 99.5% of my Euros are very sensitive to light and duck back under even with very dim light. Of course there are still a few that seem bent on suicide.
At 5:12pm on November 28, 2010, Jeannine Kent said…
Hi Stephen,
Thanks for reaching out. I've been a vermicomposter for a few years now. I actually started my own business and sell The Worm Factory, red wigglers and compost at Farmer's Markets in MA and RI. My website is
At 6:30pm on November 28, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Keep them cool & moist with plenty of bedding and some food. They'll start producing cocoons soon enough. Here's Larry's Euro experiment. I couldn't find his update, but he had lots of cocoons once the weather cooled down in Florida.
At 10:21am on December 1, 2010, Andrew from California said…
Except for a few things the worms can handle immediately (melon rinds, some over-ripe fruit, bolted lettuce, etc.), I throw all my kitchen scraps into my compost bin first. I then grab whatever looks worm-ready from the compost bin and feed that to the worms. If your compost is made from mostly leaves and grass, then there might not be the same level of nutrients available for the worms.
At 12:00pm on December 1, 2010, Jeannine Kent said…
The price is $120.00 for the Worm Factory 360, and I'll throw in free shipping. It comes with 4 trays, a DVD, coir, shredded paper, manual, and accessory kit (thermometer, rake). It is so simple to set up and use. Only takes 15 minutes or so. Let me know if you want one. The price is pretty standard since the company requires you sell them for this price although some people may sell them for more.
At 6:26pm on December 1, 2010, brian said…
i sure do put socks in there. haven't put a shirt in yet but plan to soon. gotta clean out my drawers....
they'll eat all the cotton and the only thing left with socks is the elastic! kind of a pain to clean out while harvesting vc though
At 6:44pm on December 1, 2010, brian said…
it takes months and months....
At 7:01pm on December 2, 2010, Paula Allen said…
Hey Stephen Im doing great and how are you?

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