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  • Reno, NV
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WORM TEA
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I am very very new to the worm world. WOW!!! What a world. I may never see my mother again!!! I just start doing this for the first time on Aug. 19, 2013. I have so many questions and I have done so…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Sep 20, 2013.

 

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Aug 29, 2013
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Aug 29, 2013
Lynn Tillson replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"Just read the label. If it has sulfur or not should be there. Mine says unsulfured right under the image. If yours has sulfur, you buy the other at any grocery store, in the baking aisle, usually somewhere near the honey and other liquid sweeteners.…"
Aug 28, 2013
Patricia replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"where do you find unsulfered molassses?  I never heard of that.Would Black Strap Molasses be the same thing?  I have some of that in the kitchen."
Aug 27, 2013
Bill replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"The molasses does indeed feed the microbes that you want to reproduce in your tea. It also provides some micro nutrients as well. I think the sugar aspects or the ant factor will be nill as it will basically have been consumed by the microbes.…"
Aug 27, 2013
Ar-Pharazon replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"My guess -- only a guess -- is that molasses plus oxygen would directly promote the growth of aerobic yeast.  Depending on the amount of sugar present, the yeast might be able to consume a lot of it, and turn it into CO2 and possibly…"
Aug 23, 2013
Patricia replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"I don't think I would either.  Seems to me that taking a small amount of the finished VC, putting it in a filter of some sort (cheese cloth) or some other fine mesh cloth; coffee filter etc; left to soak with some air moving through it…"
Aug 23, 2013
Andrew from California replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"IIRC, the amount of molasses used is relatively small. (BTW, you have to use unsulfured molasses) I doubt it would draw ants. Here's a website that can provide more info on VC tea. You can search there about the use of molasses. If I were…"
Aug 23, 2013
Patricia replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"my next question is can honey do the same thing as molasses? and I am sure that whatever sweetener is used to encourage bacterial growth will draw ants.  They are naturally drawn to sweet or sticky.  "
Aug 23, 2013
Teresa Vermilion replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"I have been very happy with everyone's reply's. Everyone has really helped me.  Because I am so new, I have been checking on the worms everyday to make sure I am not doing anything wrong with them. So far I have not lost any worms,…"
Aug 23, 2013
Andrew from California replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"Correct. There is a lively debate in the compost tea community about whether molasses is even necessary."
Aug 22, 2013
Bill S replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"I believe the molasses is to support the growing number of microorganisms produced when brewing the tea.  The molasses is a simple sugar which the microorganisms use as a food source I think."
Aug 22, 2013
Patricia replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"What's with the molasses??  I have heard of that being used but have never heard of why?  seems like it would just draw ants.  "
Aug 22, 2013
Andrew from California replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"I agree with the excellent advice given so far. I personally use the lower leachate collection tray as a place to pre-moisten bedding (cardboard, egg cartons). You will learn how to control moisture in the feeding trays so that very little moisture…"
Aug 22, 2013
Ar-Pharazon replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"In my experience, if they want to get out, they will.  Window screen, they could get through.  They'll exit from under the lid even when it's closed.  And you have ventilation holes too (right?). Eventually you'll get…"
Aug 22, 2013
Teresa Vermilion replied to Teresa Vermilion's discussion WORM TEA
"Thank you for everyones help. I hear a lot about the worms falling into the collector tray from several people. What if I were to put a mesh or a window screen on the bottom tray so the liquid can still go through but the worms can't. I really…"
Aug 22, 2013

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When did you start composting with worms?
August 19, 2013
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
browsing the internet looking for different kinds of fertilizer and worm tea was one that came up and I thought I got on a some kind of a "drug site". I never heard of worm tea, or vermicomposting, or worm factories or even raising worms. I was not sure what I was actually getting myself into, or even if I should click onto the site (not knowing anything like this even existed).
What do your worms like to eat?
I plan to feed them certain kitchen scraps and my paper and cardboard that I shred along with coffee grounds and tea bags. I will treat them like they are a vegan. I am very new at this.
What kinds of worms do you have?
red worm - red wigglers and two others that I can't remember what they are called. One is a european something.
What worm bins do you use?
DIY - one where they can migrate up and it collects the liquid in the bottom
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
I don't know, I just started worming
About Me:
Live in Reno, Nv on Mt. Rose. I am having to keep my worms in the house, because the nights will get too cold for them in the winter. The days will be too cold for them in the winter. I am doing this for my garden that I started 2 yrs ago. My garden is 3/4 of an acre. I just got my worms from an older guy in down in the valley who has been doing this for 40 yrs. I have a DIY bin. I really hope this works, because I really hate to see anything die. If I screw up and end up killing these wonderful worms, I will feel just awful. I am one of those people that will see a spider in the house and put it back outside. Everything has a reason to be on this earth, just not necessarily in the house. Actually, doing the worms was a very hard decision for me, because I knew that if I decided to did it, I would have to keep them in the house. Something that I always put back outside, I would be making a home for and feeding "in my house". That was very difficult decision for me to make.

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At 10:49pm on August 20, 2013, Andrew from California said…
Welcome to the forum, Teresa. You may want to also post your questions on the main forum. There are only 46 members in the Mountain States sub-forum.
At 7:07am on August 21, 2013, Patricia said…

Hello Teresa!

Welcome to the world of the worms!  I'll have to catch up on my reading of your post since I was traveling all day yesterday.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

At 6:48pm on August 29, 2013, Connie said…

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