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At last I have managed to add photos taken as the work progressed.
The final gap between the rods was 3 inches, with the rods being 1/2 inch diameter, the pitch centres being then 3&1/2 inches.
I am not conversant with the method of fitting my photos into the text and so they appear under 'Photos' and are dated: 21 March 2017, by clicking the single picture, access then shows the series of 12 pictures.
Please be free to send me any queries and suggestions, for…Continue
Added by PIERS DIESTLER on March 23, 2017 at 4:10pm — No Comments
I will say that previously the bedding used in my wormeries was from a collection of Autumn leaves. Although leaves suited the worms I found that there was a continuing build up of slugs, due to having collected the leaves from earth beneath the trees? . I would later see upon inspection, clusters of slugs eggs so a bigger population was then likely!
Perhaps leaves from a paved/concreted area would get over this problem? (Any comments?)
Hessian sacking I found worked well if…Continue
,Time has gone by since my last blog and here is a further development. I had mentioned the ventilator in the lid previously. I am aware that numerous members state that due to using a feed through system they do not have to collect exudate as is the case of a stacked tray system. I found that over time quite a lot of liquid had drained into the containers below (three flower troughs). Further, on opening the lid there were always a number of worms either on the walls or adjacent to the…Continue
Here I will mention that previously I had only to raise the lid and note the number of worms coming to the top of the chamber. This would then allow me to consider what may be the cause of their trouble. I had for a number of days lifted the lid and there seemed no problem in this direction,
I began to be aware of a slight smell within the garage, a few more days and this became more powerful! I found the source of the smell: a large number of worms were found shrivelled in the…Continue
Before I begin I want to say that as a previous novice I found that references to bedding somewhat baffling. The reason was that no distinction was made between the bedding used in starting off a wormery and that used to cover the wormery contents. Perhaps the prefix of lower and top might be used to avoid any confusion? Please feel free to comment.
More of my MK4 experiences:
As I previously stated when the worms are not happy they begin to rise up the inner walls, their…Continue
Added by PIERS DIESTLER on October 11, 2015 at 2:10am — No Comments
The moist atmosphere within the cabinet had been overlooked.
The opening for the ventilator in the lid, which is partly of steel, began to rust. The rust was cleaned up and car underseal applied.
Non of the worms were found to have suffered!
Added by PIERS DIESTLER on August 27, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments
Here I wish to explain my MK4 wormery. The main chamber of which is the insulated cabinet. I was looking for a deep freezer cabinet, a fridge would have had fittings for milk bottles!. The one I found was approx. a 2ft cube...The back was cut out by using a Stanley pad saw from inside the cabinet. (It was a Necht N1 that had been dumped minus the compressor). That done I made a wooden frame to take the rods, the cabinet now sits on the frame which is 1 1/4in wide all round. The door now…Continue
Finishing up Master Gardener class from Clemson University! 2 more classes and about 20 more hours of volunteer service and will have my certificate! Built nearby county extension office a stackable 5 gallon bucket vermi-system this morning.
Added by Jay on May 19, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments
I'm giving out money to honor artwork about composting worms.
~ HOW to win? Make art – sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, poems, net art, music, dance, creative designs, architecture, etc – that celebrates composting worms. See examples of what has been made in this genre on the wormculture.org blog. To…Continue
I am awaiting my worm's arrival. I have prepared shredded paper and gathered kitchen scraps. I have a container of baked and powdered egg shells. I am just about ready.
However, I look at my bin which is a 2x3 tank 18" deep and wonder if I want to drill holes in the bottom. I have heard that they are not actually necessary but so many people are doing it. For now I am going to bypass this step.
This is a question and an experiment log...
What is the food that will draw European Night-crawlers most quickly, within 1 to 4 days? Please do post your personal experiences with foods that they come to within 1 to 4 days.
Right now, I'm interested in this food experiment, but ultimately, I'd like to figure out how to draw some of the biggest worms into a small area for "quick picking", so if you have personal experience with that please do post about it.
I am going to place "Smoothies" along with pulverized egg shells or grit into a paper egg carton and then freeze them inside a one gallon zip lock bag.
When it is feeding time, I'll just break off chunks & toss them in.
Added by Barry Winters on January 6, 2015 at 10:03pm — No Comments
are any of you doing Bentley's tiny tub two worm challenge?
Added by Claudia on January 6, 2015 at 6:57pm — No Comments
This is an update on the discussion regarding vermicomposting Cellulose after "preprocessing" wood chips by millipedes. The millipedes that I mentioned were apparently recent arrivals from the Bahamas. Since they were non-natives and had little natural population control they were quite prolific.
Despite being very efficient at processing decaying organic material and especially wood chips, they were only a problem due to their high population levels.
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Here is copy of my first worm based sanitation paper, please message me if you are interested. C
Got my worms a couple of weeks ago. Placed them in my wooden outdoor compost bin that was used during the summer. Left the cooled compost inside the bin and used that as the bottom bedding, placed the worms inside the bin and added some pumpkin chunks. Things where going good and I discovered that the worms enjoyed the pumpkin chunks.
Then winter decided it was time to show up and the temp decided to drop. So after monitoring the temp inside the bin for a couple of days I…Continue
Added by shane on November 14, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments
Hello All, I'm wanting to start a worm bin and not sure how to go about it. Size or space is not a problem and I'm in Texas so it's not to cold (most of the time), but does get hot in summer. I think the flow through bins are interesting but I can't figure out what holds every thing in. Seems like stuff would just fall through the bars in the bottom.
Alittle update :
I have been feeding the worms some of my kitchen scraps, around 8 onces of various veggie scraps stored in the freezer (including garlic, onion and lemon - but only very little (as in less that an once of it). Before adding it to the big, i throw them in the food processor (with some water to make the grinding possible), spinkled some powdered eggshells, and add some dry bedding to absorb some of the extra moisture. For now the total is just about 8 lbs of food that was…
Added by Benj Lucas on September 25, 2014 at 10:26am — No Comments