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January 2011 Blog Posts (20)

It works for me

Hey guys, just wondering if you have tried dried Molasses or Orange Oil for controlling or disintegrate your ants? It works for me. Because the molasses is organic it takes a couple of days for them to relocate but it will drive them away. I sprinkle molasses all over my yard. Molasses helps break down compost too and controlls the ants in my compost, will not hurt the worms.

Now Orange Oil is a lethal weapon anything in it's path will melt,plants, worms anything and ANTS. Larry you can… Continue

Added by Tammy Schuster on January 31, 2011 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Update on Utility Tray Worm Bin

Tonight I separated worms from my large utility tray worm bin.  I didn't get every last one of them, but I did weigh out 3 lbs of EFs. The quality of the compost was actually pretty good. I'm becoming a fan of "open" bins. It's a lot less hassle and very low maintenance. I just use a pump sprayer every other day to keep the moisture about right and add shredded newspaper on top about once a week. The rabbit manure is keeping them pretty happy and productive. It's proven to be a pretty good…

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Added by bpearcy10 on January 28, 2011 at 8:20pm — 15 Comments

On your mark,get set, GO

I now owm a second generation Laural Bay Tree orchard, and I'm not happy, I want to go with organic and started poorly, then found something that said organic but it still looked, smelt,and just felt yucky!

I been thinking about composting a raiseing a healthier community for a while now and I've been looking at composters, for a few years now, I don't like hot composting, lack of space. so I started looking at composting systems but nothing made me get excited till worms and…

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Added by GREG PARKER on January 26, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Score!

I just stopped and asked a tree service truck to dump 20 cubic yards of mulch off for the garden.  Now I just have to figure out where to put it all.

Added by Jason Kalka on January 24, 2011 at 9:41am — 5 Comments

Another Bucket Experiment

I'm on my third cycle of 5 gallon buckets.  Today, I started another one with cardboard, rabbit manure, coconut coir, and lots of live oak leaves.  I'd like to get my hands on some maple leaves at some point, but I don't think maples survive well in the heat we get in Florida. Live oaks are very prevalent.

I wet everything down well and added 22 eisenia foetidas. I'm not quite sure why I picked 22, but a couple of handfuls of material from one of my other bins yielded 22…

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Added by bpearcy10 on January 23, 2011 at 3:27pm — 26 Comments

Growing My Own Food

I'm adding an extra growing bed and a couple of growing towers to my backyard garden next year. Today, my wife reminded me why it's so important. Heck, I might even add two extra growing beds after what she just told me!

I'm almost afraid to admit this, but she was catching up on our 2010 expenses in preparation for filing our 2010 income taxes. It pained her to tell me, and it pains me to tell you, but apparently we spent $4,200 on eating out in restaurants last year! That figure is…

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Added by bpearcy10 on January 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

My Experiences with Vermicomposting and FT Barrel

I got into this when I moved into an apartment and wanted to start a square foot garden on the patio.  With one of the components being compost, I wanted something sustainable that I could do myself.  Searched the internet and discovered composting worms; I had no idea this was possible and was excited to get started.  Like a lot of people I struggled and killed my first two batches.  The first batch I used a small container and added too much sand, poor little buggers couldn't even breath. …

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Added by Eric W on January 22, 2011 at 12:37am — 5 Comments

So I asked my financial advisor...

I asked my financial advisor about the live bait business.  He says it stinks. :)

Added by Jason Kalka on January 20, 2011 at 9:15am — 4 Comments

A Propositon To Value Chain Creation From Organic Waste: Improvement Of Cityfarming Via Vermicomposting

 

(anyone interested in sharing ideas for this project, please let me know what u think via emails to sonmezan@gmail.com)

 

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Added by Ozan Sönmez on January 13, 2011 at 5:48am — 10 Comments

Thunderstorms and Worms are hitting the sidewalk for a swim.

The rain is falling in sheets. My three worm bins are out in it. I'm not concerned about a mass exodus just the onesies twosies. for the past couple days I have been retrieving worms from the sidewalk and placing them into the Barnicle Worm Bin.

Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on January 13, 2011 at 2:44am — 4 Comments

Wicking Bed Strategies

I am not quite sure I understand all the in's and out's of a "wicking bed" and how to incorporate worms, but I ran across a website tonight that looks promising. When I have time I'm going to experiment with the above ground version of this strategy from from EasyGrowVegetables.com

 

Specifically, here's the page regarding building a…

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Added by bpearcy10 on January 12, 2011 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

RIDDEX SONAR SOUNDS BUG KILLER??? vs WORMS???

OK I went to my bin yesterday and almost had a heart attack... In my bin was one of the BIGGEST ROACHES  I have ever seen in my life. Well I don't do well around ROACHES at all. It was a fight to the death... and don't you know right after I got the dang ROACH out of my bin.... my husband and daughter come home and my daughter in…

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Added by Diana on January 11, 2011 at 3:11pm — 3 Comments

COCO COIR

Hi Folks, just a short question, does anyone know a good place to buy coir?

thanks an advance Jim

Added by JIM STACY on January 10, 2011 at 2:06pm — 17 Comments

The Arrival of Barnicle Bin.

After joining this "vermicommunity" a couple months ago I learned that some flow through worms bin don't have stackable trays. I also saw the fun involved with building a worm bin from found materials. Since then I have kept my eyes pealed for a 55 gallon drum. I didn't want to buy a new one. I wanted to find a used one somewhere. I didn't know that I would find the drum washed up on the beach. I found a black plastic 55 gallon drum washed ashore after considerable time at sea. The drum has…

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Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on January 9, 2011 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

Worms Sales

As I muddle through the details that differentiates a "hobby" from a "business" I've been selling a small amount of worms to friends, associates, and the occasional person that finds one of my Craigslist ads or E-Bay Classified postings.

Until recently I've been measuring out 1/2 lb or 1 lb of worms on a scale and selling them locally for $17 and $26, respectively. This week I decided to change it up. Instead of advertising 1/2 lb and 1 lb, I've decided to switch to selling them by…

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Added by bpearcy10 on January 7, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Green Peppers



When it comes to gardening, I’m a total amateur, so please don’t take this too seriously. However, I do think this is an interesting photo.

During a recent spell of wet weather, I had loads of leachate dripping out of my flow-through bins.

Since I was mopping it up on a daily basis, I decided to pour some onto this patch of green peppers.

Bear in mind that this leachate is definitely not…

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Added by Peter Barnard on January 7, 2011 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

Catastrophe!!!

My grate buckled and three of the bars broke loose :( Just as things were starting to settle down. I don't think I can fix it without emptying the…

Added by Steven on January 6, 2011 at 6:32pm — 6 Comments

Roll over worm bin

 

I have been working for a couple of years on an easy to build (one sheet of plywood) worm bin which allows for easy harvesting by simply rolling it over. It also greatly reduces the need for final worm separation from the compost! You can see my demonstration of it here. I will also be adding posts on the 4' model..

Roll over worm bin



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Added by yardfarmer on January 6, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Cleaned out bin

So, I have loved using my worm bag because it is so forgiving however, I have found one problem with it. My ties at the bottom got to where they were so "gunked" up that i could not untie them. So, I Had to make an interim worm bin and cut the ties.

 

What I found really  educated me. First, I found that while I do water my worms, I was not watering them enough for the water to get to the bottom of the bin. I don't really see this as a problem as the bottom is where the…

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Added by Jennie on January 5, 2011 at 9:22pm — 9 Comments

1000 ENC

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Can anyone till me a good place to buy 1000 beat size
ENC? I want to try selling them at a local Flea Market this Spring, figure if I
purchase them in Feb. they will have produced enough young-en to keep me in
worms for some time. Will be building stackable bins for my Red Wigglers this
week. Would anyone know of anyone in N.W. Pa. ( Erie or Meadville ) area raising
European Night Crawlers.Thanks and have a Great New Year, Jim

Added by JIM STACY on January 1, 2011 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

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