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January 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Getting my hands dirty!

Made the mistake of adding too much water recently, started to smell a bit, so i tipped it all out for a look. Bottom layers slimy & compacted with a dead(drowned?) large worm at bottom, probably Lumbricus wotsit The layers of rat manure &newspaper were full of worms, and a lot between layers of damp cardboard at top. Also a few small white potworms, but no cocoons :-(. Altogether quite a good thriving colony. I lined it with dry newspaper, mixed it up and replaced them all. Also put in… Continue

Added by WormWeaver on January 31, 2009 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Science Fair

The Judges at the science fair were not kind to us.( they must be worm haters.) My son did not even get an honorable mention. His teach was surprised by this. She thought that he should have won. He had put in more time and work than the other kids. I think are problem was with the way we displayed the project. There was so much info that he put it in a book and not on the board and I don’t think the Judges even looked at it. O well there is always… Continue

Added by Scott Dickens on January 29, 2009 at 6:31am — 3 Comments

Cold times and a test

As winter has set in my cellar temperature has continued to fall. Currently it is sitting around 50 degrees F. The worms are no where near as active as they were when the bin temp was in the 60s and 70s. They are very sluggish and don't seem to be eating much at all.

On the other hand, the fruit flies are doing well. There are always a few in the bin, plus any time I put in fruit that I didn't freeze first there's a boost in the population. I've noticed that they don't seem to fly… Continue

Added by Carl on January 27, 2009 at 9:34am — 8 Comments

Bye bye flowerpot, Hello Tray. (4 worms update)

/sad violin music

The four young worms that got a whole flowerpot to themselves couldn't believe their luck. They were young, their parents were away and they had everything each of their five hearts had ever wanted. They had the freedom. They had all the food in the world and lots of bedding to squirm and play hide-n-seek in. They had all the time to get to know each other... They... they died.

I think.

I dug around the flowerpot that I was conducting… Continue

Added by Gingerbread Person on January 25, 2009 at 5:47am — No Comments

Worms are Upstairs

I got the worms in the house. Our house reaches about 62 these days and the worms have a new home underneath the recycling bin in the kitchen a nice compliment i hope. It will take a lot of worms to process our scraps in a week so i am going to concentrate on my outdoor stuff and not overfeed the wigglers. I will probably order more worms or try to get some locally. I read post on the garden forum from a guy near me. increased condensation now that the worms are up stairs the bin conditions… Continue

Added by Ron on January 20, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

January 19th, Monday, 2009

I added new food to the urn on Saturday and also harvested the compost rather prematurely. This is is largely due to the fact that Mel & Marshall were quite fascinated by the urn sitting quietly in my room! We saw a really huge worm... here is a picture of it.

I also added in the rest of the decaying vegetables that were sitting in a plastic bag in the fridge. Two tea bags, some stray Chinese tea leaves and decaying vegetables...… Continue

Added by Gingerbread Person on January 19, 2009 at 5:44am — 6 Comments

Day 5 now

Got 500 worm from the gurneys catalog, basically for free, there is a spend 50 dollars get 25 off coupon, so i got some seed and stuff too. Coupled with my first 240 from the baitshop we are gonna see what happens. One good kitchen scrap feeding of coffee grounds and veg scraps fed in a pocket covered by damp bedding, wet section of newsprint on top to keep moisture even, no lid lights off. Buffalo, NY is freezing this week single digit temps, my basement is about 45, the house stays @62. My… Continue

Added by Ron on January 17, 2009 at 5:07pm — 2 Comments

Euros Arrived!

Woohoo! The two pounds of European Nightcrawlers I ordered from Bentley arrived today. Packed into a box in Kentucky and released into bins in west Texas, I wonder if they feel shanghaied?! I have been working all week getting their new open bins ready and tweaking them. I messed with the bins so much that I felt like I was readying a guest room for highly anticipated company!

The worms all seemed healthy and active and, when I spread them across the top of the two open bins, they… Continue

Added by Mary on January 16, 2009 at 2:42pm — 8 Comments

Desirable mistakes

Why was I ever afraid of making mistakes? I did extensive research online and rented a book from the library 'Worms eat my garbage' by Mary Appelhof. I carefully plotted my first move, worrying that I didn't have enough holes in my bin, or it wasn't the right size, etc. When my worm order arrived in the mail, I placed them in the bin that I had stocked full of food and bedding two weeks prior… Continue

Added by Kelly DuLong on January 15, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments


Morning of first day sleeping with worms (in the basement).

Coffee on, check worms, through the night many worms on sides and top of bin, 3-4 strays still alive making a break for it!

Wrangled strays and left lid off with light on.

Fussed way to many times.

Moved bin



worms hang low in light with lid off

Lid back on lights off

(ate dinner)

after dinner some worms… Continue

Added by Ron on January 13, 2009 at 6:01pm — No Comments

A New Experiment in Vermicomposting

A longer and more basic post on this subject appears on my blog at SimplyForties

I was recently reading about Bentley Christie's winter worm bin/planter experiment, was intrigued and decided to try it myself.

I had two long trough-like planters already under the… Continue

Added by Mary on January 13, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Vermicomposting Day 2

Worms were active and some tried to run. The lid seems to freak em out. I am going topless and under a light for the next couple days.

Food served

1 coffee filter and grounds " Pete's Major Dickinson"

less than a handful of carrot peel

2 tomato cores

1 banana skin cut into tiny scraps.


Shredded newsprint

a little brown construction paper


Plastic sheet over top to keep in… Continue

Added by Ron on January 13, 2009 at 8:24am — No Comments

First night of vermicomposting

The worms are home from the baitshop, i bought 240. i could not wait for my mail order to come in. I have another 500 on the way.

Simple rubber maid with perforated lid.


Added by Ron on January 12, 2009 at 9:39pm — 6 Comments

Cuuute worm products on Etsy!

Cool worm cards for your favorite Vermicomposter, via Peasoup.

Wormeo and Juliet print, via Christina Colwell

Maggot Plushie via… Continue

Added by GC Composters on January 12, 2009 at 2:16pm — 3 Comments

Scintillating Success!

I returned to find the contents of my bin reduced in size by half, moderately moist, totally devoid of visible fungus, bereft of flies, and hosting a slightly increased population of white mites. The only food left in it was a whole carrot.


I aerated, added some parsley stems and new bedding, and called it beautiful. My worms were languidly lazing about--they're due to receive some old sage leaves and sprouted potato soon. Currently these items are busy being… Continue

Added by Emily on January 11, 2009 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Getting to Know my little wiggly friends

Greeting all you neat people who enjoy nature and the natural ways of doing things. I put some wigglers in each of my flower pots and am observing them here in my office as they eat my left overs at lunch time. Quite Interesting.........

I have a question for someone out there???? There use to be losts of tea in the bottom of the worm composter but lately there isn't any, why? Do I need to add more water to the soil? Is this a sign of being too dry??

Added by Della Darling on January 9, 2009 at 10:19am — 4 Comments

Worm Journal

27th Oct Monday 08

got 100g of worms.

07th Dec Sunday 08

first harvest 41 days later.

result = 200g

13th Dec Saturday 08

One casualty today, last one was a few days ago. They appeared after the Harvest and subsequent turnover. Found both of them on top of the box I put beneath my worm urn.

On the upside, I think the worm population EXPLODED. This is the first time I've seen worms come anywhere near the… Continue

Added by Gingerbread Person on January 8, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

The moment of Truth

I've been away from my indoor bin for nearly a month now. Tomorrow I return, to find...what?

Before leaving, I did a complete renovation of the contents. New bedding, new worms, new feeding regimen.

Now I freeze EVERYTHING before adding it in. It seems to be working to keep the flies out.

I didn't redesign the bin. I wanted to get some new drainage workings, but in the interest of time (and to have a place for my new worms to live) I just used the same bin, cleaned out.… Continue

Added by Emily on January 7, 2009 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

The NEw Worm Factory

I transferred the worms to my newly delivered Worm Factory. I was second guessing investing in this bin, but, it is such an improvement from the 10 gal Rubbermaid. I was surprised by the system and layout of the bin. The directions that came with the bin were very helpful. I was scared the worms would try to escape as they did with my first bin. But, the worms appear to be doing very well. I added some cantaloupe, mushrooms, coffee grounds, apples cores, and grapes. I did not expect the worms… Continue

Added by Beth on January 6, 2009 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Hamster Bedding

I disscussed with others the possibility of adding my son's used hamster bedding to my worms in December. I have finnally put some in. I did soak and rinse the paper bedding. I wanted to rinse off some of the urine and I wanted to wet it before I added it to the bin. I do not have drainage holes so I worry about too much or too little water in the bin. I added the bedding two days ago.…


Added by Christy Olson on January 6, 2009 at 9:08am — No Comments

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