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Fungus Gnats
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Fungus gnats have invaded my indoor worm bin and are increasing in number, despite my attempts to control them. I've tried sitting out a glass of vinegar with a couple drops of dishwashing…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vivian Jul 2, 2012.

When is it time to add another tray?
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How do you know when to add trays to your stackable tray worm bin?  Is overpopulation the main reason that trays are added?  Specifically, are trays usually added because the worm population has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Sluss Nov 29, 2010.

Problems Encountered in Getting Started
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I started vermicomposting with the “Worm Factory" a couple months ago and have been enjoying the experience, although I still have many questions. I thought things were going well because I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Locke Apr 8, 2010.

 

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Tammy Locke and TAMI JONES are now friends
Jan 5
Tammy Locke replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"I'm replying to your last entry in this area because for some reason, no "Reply" button appeared below your last entry. Like you, I find that if I leave the lid on the 360, a lot of moisture accumulates under it. Occasionally I, too,…"
Apr 26, 2013
Tammy Locke replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"The standard WF has a drainage tray that attaches to a base; the WF 360 has a one-piece drainage tray/base (which I prefer); the 360 has taller legs, too, which makes cleaning around the composter easier. The standard WF’s lid is a flat piece…"
Apr 26, 2013
Tammy Locke replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"I hope you don't regret buying your bins (I don't know what an RM bin is). Everybody has their preferences, and I believe there's nothing wrong with buying your bins if that's what you prefer. I bought my first bin a few years…"
Apr 25, 2013
Tammy Locke replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"I have trouble using the forums, too, but I have picked up some useful information on vermicomposters.com from people who have experienced some of the same problems I have."
Apr 24, 2013
Tammy Locke replied to The Worm Factory's discussion Questions about your Worm Factory in the group Worm Factory
"What things would you like to discuss about the Worm Factory?  How long have you been using yours?  "
Apr 22, 2013
Ar-Pharazon replied to Tammy Locke's discussion Fungus Gnats
"Fungus gnats aren't after the worm food (unlike fruit flies).  They're after mold/mildew that lives on the sides of the bin and on the bedding. In my opinion (respectfully to Sam, who seems to have had success contrary to what…"
Jun 25, 2012
Tammy Locke posted a discussion

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats have invaded my indoor worm bin and are increasing in number, despite my attempts to control them. I've tried sitting out a glass of vinegar with a couple drops of dishwashing liquid, but it attracted only a few gnats. I've tried yellow sticky traps and they catch many adults, but they don't seem to reduce the numbers overall. I've tried burying the food as deep as I can, but the bins of the Worm Factory aren't too deep to begin with. It seems like a losing battle because there are…See More
Jun 24, 2012
Tammy Locke replied to Mika Watanabe's discussion Any extra screen on the bottom tray? in the group Worm Factory
"Hi Mika, I use fiberglass screen to line the entire bottom tray of my Worm Factory, which prevents the worms from crawling into the water-collection area. Fiberglass screen has a fine mesh and works very well. It's…"
Dec 23, 2010
Mark Sluss replied to Tammy Locke's discussion When is it time to add another tray?
"A good rule of thumb is to start a new tray when your working tray is two thirds full of compost. When you start a new tray, stop adding fresh food to the tray below. Adding trays does not really increase your productivity. The best way to produce…"
Nov 29, 2010
Tammy Locke replied to Tammy Locke's discussion When is it time to add another tray?
"Thank you, Rock. I'll read the information you provided in your blog."
Nov 26, 2010
Tammy Locke replied to Tammy Locke's discussion When is it time to add another tray?
"Thanks, Susan. Your explanation makes sense. I did notice that when I was using 3 trays, it was much easier to harvest VC than when I used 1 or 2 trays because many of the worms had migrated from the lowest tray. I'm not sure if I can tell how…"
Nov 26, 2010
Susan B replied to Tammy Locke's discussion When is it time to add another tray?
"When worms are crowded, they don't reproduce as quickly (or at all, depending on how crowded they are.) Eventually, you will get less VC without a 2nd tray because you'll have fewer worms. When you can put a 2nd tray on and the worm,…"
Nov 26, 2010
Tammy Locke posted a discussion

When is it time to add another tray?

How do you know when to add trays to your stackable tray worm bin?  Is overpopulation the main reason that trays are added?  Specifically, are trays usually added because the worm population has become so dense that it’s healthier for the worms to spread out, and if so, how do you know when your trays have become overpopulated?Another thing I’ve wondered is whether adding trays increases the amount of compost produced overall.  Obviously, it SEEMS like more compost would be produced after more…See More
Nov 26, 2010
Tammy Locke joined Steven Chow's group
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Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners

A group for people who use the Wriggly Wranch (and others stackable tray) worm bin to talk about / share experiences.I figured there might be enough intricacies specific to the Wriggly Wranch (and every other model of worm bin) to warrant a groupSee More
Nov 15, 2010
Dennis J. Kennedy replied to Tammy Locke's discussion Organic vs. non-organic produce -- does it make a difference to worms? in the group Vermigardening
"Rock, I think we're on exactly the same page. One of the main purposes of our garden is to supply us with healthy, inexpensive food. So we're totally organic. This is especially important since my prostate cancer surgery almost a year…"
Aug 11, 2010

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
February 17, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Reading about it online.
What do your worms like to eat?
Watermelon, carrots, oats, eggshells
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red wiggler (Eisenia fetida)
What worm bins do you use?
The Worm Factory
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Not sure yet
About Me:
I'm new to vermicomposting and have many questions. I hope to find others using The Worm Factory with whom I can discuss problems and successes encountered in keeping worms.

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