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When did you start composting with worms?
August 1, 2007
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
reading about it through the net
What do your worms like to eat?
melons, tomatos, goat feces, pineapples, burlap, rabbit poop
What kinds of worms do you have?
red worms
What worm bins do you use?
cement mixing boxes
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
i am not sure, but we are a household that includes 7 children and we feed virtually all of our food scraps to our worms. plus I scour the fruit stores for rotted fruits and veggies to feed the worms, and add to that some goat and sheep manure periodically.
About Me:
i am the operator of Eretz HaKodesh [Holy Land] Earthworm Farm in Beit Shemesh Israel, just a short distance down the road from where David slew Goliath. i have 3 boxes that are a total of 4 meters square. I have never seen any other worm farms except in books and on the computer. I think that I am doing well, but my 2 meter square box is packed with worms and the worms seem to be small. Seperating the vermicompost from th worms by making piles in the sun seems to take forever and breaks my back.
I am sure that I have well over a million worms. I would love to hear from all of you worm farmers out there. I am buying a pump to make worm tea and i would like feedback on what others have done. I thought that molasses is good to add to the vermicompost, but one of the great authorities on vermiculture says that it breeds diseases. Any comments?

Best wishes,
Nachum Hirschel
Eretz HaKodesh Earthworm Farm
Beit Shemesh, Israel
nhirschel@gmail.com

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cucumbers

I have just started growing cucumbers in my garden here in Israel where we have very strong sun. Each day the leaves droop terribly as if they are going to die. When the area becomes shady, or when night falls the leaves perk up again. Is this normal? If it is not, is there some way to prevent it?

The cucumbers are planted on small hills composed of compost and vermicompost. I give the Plants plenty of water and mulch.

 

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:44am — 5 Comments

styrofoam containers

I live in an area of the world where the weather is warm and dry in the summer. I have found that styrofoam containers are great because they keep the worms nice and cool. Just get some of those white boxes that they often use for new appliances and the worms will be comfortable all summer long. A great way to beat the heat.

Posted on July 26, 2009 at 4:17am — 1 Comment

large scale vermicomposting

Does anyone know where I can obtain pics of large scale vermicomposting that is done in such places as Cuba. Although there are many articles on this subject, I can not seem to track down any pics.

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 11:00am

travelling with earthworms

In a few weeks I will be travelling by plane and car from Israel to Ireland where I work with dairy farmers. I want to bring them some earthworms but I am not sure how to carry them in a suitcase. I have seen worms sent by mail in a plastic bag filled with peat moss or coir. Does anyone have a better idea or is this the way to put them in my suitcase? The travel time should be about 18 hours.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 1:44am — 3 Comments

vermicompost workshop

Last friday morning I gave a vermicompost workshop to a group of 7 aamateur gardeners in the scenic village of Zichron Yaakov in the Carmel Mtns, overlooking the Mediterranean. It was a great success. I gave a 45-60 minute power point slide show and lecture. It was aided by you kind people who allowed me to use your pics. It was also aided by your encouragement. I then gave the participants the opportunity to purchase worms and a rubber maid type bin. Everyone made their own bin with material I… Continue

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

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At 9:29pm on May 19, 2009, Amy said…
Whoa cool! Your worm farm is 'just a short distance down the road from where David slew Goliath. That's so fantastic.

I don't know anything about molasses, but I have been advised not to feed feces to my worms if I plan to use the compost on food gardens.
At 4:30pm on June 15, 2009, Raven Caves said…
my email is ravenc83@gmail.com
i believe if you save it as a *.pps (powerpoint show) it should export everything into one file. then just add it as a attachment to the email. if you need more info let me know
At 9:14pm on June 16, 2009, Richard Hossman said…
I would love to see your power point.Also would have loved to been there what a setting. Anyway if you could send it to lostmarbles18@yahoo.com. I would like to see it because I have been thinking about doing a similar thing here is so.AZ thanks Rick

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