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January 2010 Blog Posts (22)

food waste weighing

i have decided to try to weigh all of my family's food waste that i can use, and how much i feed my worms. i found a 16 ounce/gram(???) scale in our pantry, so i am going to use that. it could be used to see how fast my population is growing, too.i think from now on, i'm going to feed them my pre rot mush instead of whole wastes like bananas. anyone know how much a pound of worms eat????

Added by Nic on January 27, 2010 at 3:07pm — 8 Comments

Building a child's worm farm for little tykes at home.

Today I made a worm farm for my daughter. The idea was from a book with kids crafts. Am hoping to teach her about what worms do and to allow myself to observe them a little bit closer. I just put it in a dark place and kept the lid off to make sure the worms had oxygen. The sand I used was salt water sand that I flushed several times with fresh water.

Added by Garden Citizen on January 24, 2010 at 10:16pm — 4 Comments

Am I getting too cynical?

I went to a composting workshop yesterday at a local gardening center. The speaker was a retired professor of something (plant physiology?) at the Univ of MD, well known for its agriculture department. In this 90-minute discussion I heard four things that make me question how reliable ANY information is these days.

1. He said that vermicastings are inferior to leaf compost because the castings have a much lower percentage of lignins.

2. He said that despite what we've all read and… Continue

Added by Pamela Jones on January 24, 2010 at 12:23pm — 5 Comments

Dog poo composter

Credit to fellow member Catherine Daly



I've been picking up after my dog for over 13 yrs. I'd read about Bentley's cat litter composting efforts, but it was so large a system it didn't strike a chord with me. I could immediately relate to Catherine's smaller system.



I was on my way to dig this composting pit… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on January 23, 2010 at 5:48pm — 27 Comments

the most awesome bin ever

a few weeks ago, i went to visit my mom. i had introduced she and my sister to the idea of vermicomposting, via this website



i asked if they were interested in going to one of their workshops and buying a worm bin. they know i'm short on money, and said they weren't interested. well, it turns out that they went without me and bought a bin! i recall it being $60 at the time for 2 bins and a pound of worms.… Continue

Added by rickie on January 23, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

creepy crawlies

i'm back to using plastic to cover the pile, over the polyester.

today, i noticed what looked like some critters i don't want in there. they were small, skinny insects that i thought might be little worms at first, but turned out to have antennae, and didn't wriggle like worms. are they millipedes? what do i do to get rid of them? are they dangerous to my worms?

still have flies, but not as much as before. the plastic helps a lot.

Added by rickie on January 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Jabba the worm

Ok, this fella's way better looking than Jabba, but that was the name that came to mind. Naming a worm...sure sign I've gone over the edge. (note the flatish tail end)



I was on my way to dig an in-ground dog poo wormery when I found this big guy under a brick. It was the biggest reddish worm I'd seen, so I scooped it up and put it in my newly established observational wormery. Of course I snapped a quick video first.



First take a… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on January 19, 2010 at 7:41pm — 6 Comments

Factory workers

I thought that enough time had gone by to note a few things in my Worm Factory (started mid-December '09). First of all the system seems to be as healthy as I could hope.....worms eating about two fists-full of really gross junk every week-and-a-half or so. I imagine this weighing about a pound or so, give or take a few ounces. There are lots of white-ish mites which seem to congregate around the wettest goop and sometimes down in the collector tray in the condensate that forms there. I haven't… Continue

Added by Bob Lauver on January 18, 2010 at 10:59am — 6 Comments

Harvesting worms from a compost bin

I decided to harvest some worms yesterday to beef up the squirm in my rope light bin. This Biostack was set up about a month ago with seed material from another compost bin that housed a colony of "wild" red wigglers. I use the drop & forget method of composting, so this bin has mostly been ignored except for when I bury the kitchen scraps that don't qualify for my pre-rot bin.



Since I have a nice pile of relatively fresh horse manure, I will be incorporating some of that manure… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on January 17, 2010 at 3:53pm — 3 Comments

Nature’s Garbage Disposal: Worm Composting



A few weeks ago we were driving home from the Riptide when Matti saw a used Wriggly Ranch sitting on the curb (if you live in Alameda Co. they’re only $34.00, my aunt Debbie hooked us up with our first ranch). Word on the street is they have the same sweet deal in San Mateo county too. I said no to the ranch at first imagining a nasty rotten mystery bin of grossness, but we went around the block, pulled over and found a perfectly clean ranch named… Continue

Added by Megan on January 16, 2010 at 5:54pm — 8 Comments

Nature’s Garbage Disposal: Worm Composting

http://faroutflora.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/natures-garbage-disposal-street-find/

A few weeks ago we were driving home from the Riptide when Matti saw a used Wriggly Ranch sitting on the curb (if you live in Alameda Co. they’re only $34.00, my aunt Debbie hooked us up with our first ranch). Word on the street is they have the same sweet deal in San Mateo county...

Added by Matti Salomaki on January 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

1881

years through the bodies of worms. The plough is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man's inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly ploughed, and still continues to be thus ploughed, by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures." -Darwin (1881)

Added by Vincent Walsh on January 12, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

Outdoor Bins for Eisenia Fetida

I am exploring the possibilities of moving my worm composting efforts outdoors and expanding into a small commercial venture. A local farmer has offered to rent me a small space on his property. I live in Florida, so it gets hot in the summer.



I would prefer the portability of in ground beds constructed from concrete blocks, a landscape fabric floor and wire mesh with plywood covers. I am sure African Nightcrawlers would be well suited for in ground because they are very agressive,… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on January 9, 2010 at 7:45am — 16 Comments

bin update

i've been busy w/ school, so i haven't checked my bin since my last post. i had put bad lettuce up the side, about an inch thick for about 6 or 7 inches up the wall, and covered it. most of the lettuce is gone, only about a small handfull left, and then i went digging into the last feeding spot. i found a ton of worms, like enough to fit in one of my cupped hands and above, then to have the ones on the side to try to climb off!!! most of these were young, only saw 1 or 2 bigger ones. after… Continue

Added by Nic on January 8, 2010 at 4:17pm — 2 Comments

I couldn't resist

I noticed three offers of free horse manure in my local craigslist today and decided to take up one offer to "Start your composting now and get a jump on your gardening/landscaping! No need to call for an appointment..."



So I tarped up the inside of my little xB...

...and not long after my car was full of it. :-)

Here's a closeup...

...and… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on January 7, 2010 at 10:00pm — 20 Comments

FT Heater Update - Jan.

Well its time for another update. I did take photos but the lens fogged up so i will spare you all the blurry pictures.



The bin got fairly cold the last week of Dec. When i checked the bin after Christmas i found that the top layer of cardboard was frozen - stiff. The worms had eaten all the shredded paper and layers of cardboard under it. I don't remember exactly how many layers of cardboard there was but they were gone. The last of the Halloween pumpkin was still there holding the… Continue

Added by Eve on January 7, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Grass Roots initiatives

Is their any communities creating local networks to build up a greater massive of organic asset (waste) to create their own compost or wormcast for their local community. Like an eco community but in urban environments. Small, Local people networking, Grass Roots initiatives. I would love to here any experiences.

http://www.theurbanbios.co.nr/

Added by Vincent Walsh on January 6, 2010 at 4:50pm — No Comments

College Essay Vs Personal Statement

Usually colleges have their own guidelines when it comes to college essay for admission or personal statements. It depends on what the actual college requires. You should consider that the colleges look at more than just college essays for admission statements; they look at your grades, GPA, class standing, extracurricular activities, and school service before… Continue

Added by Maria Pittman on January 5, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Hello all and Happy New Year! I last checked my bin just a few days after Christmas. There was hardly any food left in there, and there's about 3-4 inches of worm poop and worms, so I think my bins …

Hello all and Happy New Year!



I last checked my bin just a few days after Christmas. There was hardly any food left in there, and there's about 3-4 inches of worm poop and worms, so I think my bins going pretty good. I sifted through about 5 handfuls of worm poop for my plants around my house. I also found lots of cocoons, at least 10, but I stopped poking around not to endanger them. I added some food and some fresh bedding as well.



Tomorrow I'm planning on feeding, but I… Continue

Added by Michael on January 4, 2010 at 8:16pm — 5 Comments

i want to raise canadian nightcrawlers

i have herd that you cant raise canadian nightrawlers in captivety but i wanted to test that theory for my self so i went to the gas station and bought 2 dozen i made a bin about 1 foot deep with a 50/50 mix of manur and dirt and im keeping it at about 50 degrees f any advice would be helpful thank you

Added by ellyo on January 4, 2010 at 7:05pm — 12 Comments

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