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January 2013 Blog Posts (19)

fruit flies

how to get rid of fruit flies.put out trap with vinager. please addvice. I mite be over feeding.

Added by red stroud on January 29, 2013 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

fruit flies

hot to get rid of fruit flies.put out trap with vinager. please addvise. I mite be over feeding.

Added by red stroud on January 29, 2013 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

Mites in your worm bin? Here is some help!

I don't know if mites are more common at certain times of year, but lately I have heard from a lot of people who have mites in their worm bins. Mites happen. Don't stress -- I can help!

People who keep red wiggler composting worms do not want to see mites in their bin, but this is a part of the natural world of composting. While we keep red wigglers as great composters of kitchen scraps and paper products, they are not the only organisms capable of doing this. Many "bugs" in nature… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on January 27, 2013 at 10:43pm — No Comments

over feeding

how do you tell if you are over feeding. I have paper coconut fiber in my can o worms. when I open the top there will be lots of worm up there. I will put ground food under the paper and the worms will leave the top cover. I read the paper and coconut fiber is food. so they wont go hungery.

Added by red stroud on January 26, 2013 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

How to harvest your flow through worm bin

The other day, my husband helped me to make a video showing how to harvest the castings from my flow through worm bin. The clear advantage of having a flow through worm bin is how incredibly easy the harvesting process is. During this harvest, I got about 13 pounds of beautiful vermicompost, but only found a grand total of eight red wiggler worms and no cocoons. There is no other in-home red wiggler composting system that is so quick and easy to harvest.

Here is the link to the… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on January 25, 2013 at 10:06am — 11 Comments

What if my worm bin can’t handle all of my kitchen waste? The story behind the story…

I had an interesting conversation last weekend. A woman I had just met was telling me that she was interested in having a worm bin but was afraid that it would not be able to handle all of her kitchen scraps.

Well, she just might be right! When I first set up an in-home worm bin, it couldn’t handle all the kitchen wastes my family was producing. I felt like I was doing something wrong. Everything I read told me that red wiggler worms in an in-home worm bin should be able to handle… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on January 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

black vs brown castings?

 Hello I was just wondering if someone could either give me some information or send me a link,  was wondering what  the difference between black vs brown castings? is one better than the other? 



Added by george nickols on January 16, 2013 at 4:04pm — 6 Comments

Flow Through Bin Update #2: Launching the VB24

Part 1 here, part 2 here. Apologies for the lack of photos in the last part and this one. It was a hectic time, and documenting my failures seemed embarrassing and pointless. In retrospect, it probably would have helped others…


Added by Ben on January 14, 2013 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

Flow Through Bin Update #1: Previous Worm Bin Trial and Error by a Serial Wormicidal Maniac

Previous post here

Ongoing album of pictures here.


The Lead Up or "How not to compost with worms."

Fall/Winter 2011: As alluded to in my last post, I'd begun my…


Added by Ben on January 14, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments


I hope.

I don't know why I suck at gardening, I've tried so hard. It seems everything I've tried to grow (admittedly, hasn't been much to date, mainly potted stuff) gets to my house / yard, and dies. So disheartening.

I did plants these purple cacti type things in a small section of ground after amending the dirt as well as I knew how, and they've taken off (out of control, I'm having to trim it often to keep it from taking over my walkway). But to be fair, these pants are… Continue

Added by Alice on January 12, 2013 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

Worm Science Project: Worm Tea update 1/11/13

In a continuing effort to add hard science to the field of worm tea, some of my students are conducting an experiment to see which concentration of worm tea will work best for growing bean seeds. In our previous post, we chronicled the set up and beginnings of the experiment. At the end of the school day, we watered the beans with exactly 1 cup of worms tea of varying concentrations and one bean got the control-plain rain water.

 The worm tea then went home with one of my students and…


Added by Marin Rodriguez on January 11, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Building and Maintaining My First Flow Through Bin

I'd posted this on another forum in November when I began this journey, but for the sake of documenting my worm bin experience, I'm going to post it here and add updates now and then. For myself, the more I was able to read about other people's experiences with bin construction, worms and general maintenance, the better I got at building and assessing my own bins. Hopefully this will help others as well.

A little background first: I live in Portland, Oregon, and I've had a…


Added by Ben on January 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

My Winterizing and Persimmons

This is what I did to keep my squirmies warm and toasty. It has a 75w bulb. They loved it and I always found them huddled near the top of the pile. The temps dropped down into the 30s and stayed there for about. a week.

I also am trying persimmons for the 1st time. These are the Asian variety that are meant to be eaten soft. I think they are Hachiyas. Delicious when ripe and squishy but these had gone too far.

I am not sure if the worms are going after the…


Added by George on January 11, 2013 at 7:58am — 3 Comments

What's the problem with my worm?

Hi everybody!

Each day,when I check out my bin or add food to it, some worms are found crawling against the wall( see attached). I don't know it is problem or not. Are they trying to escape? Thanks a lot!

Added by David Song on January 10, 2013 at 7:43pm — 7 Comments

What's the problem with my worm?

Added by David Song on January 10, 2013 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

Worm Science Project: Worm Tea

Taking a very scientific approach to the whole worm tea debate, one of my students has devised a Science Fair project to test 2 different concentrations of worm tea and their effect on bean seeds. As her advisor, I am documenting the experiment here to share with the vermi-composting world. In the end, we will have a complete scientific method that can be replicated and tweaked for the benefit of all mankind. For the purposes of this experiment, we are defining worm tea as "tea" created by…


Added by Marin Rodriguez on January 10, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

2013 - Year of Growth

...that's what it feels like for me anyway. 

I am getting back into VC mode and making plans to do all of the things that I didn't have the time to do last year (I started VC'ing in June)  I'm determined not to let the season get away from me this year (I have yet to do any of the landscaping and gardening I have been so eager to do since I joined this site!)

I'm in the process of harvesting now. I say it's a process because I've got a huge RM bin full of compost and a…


Added by Alice on January 8, 2013 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

Winter Worming Update: 1/8/13

Happy New Year to all. Hope all your holiday vermicomposting dreams came true over the holidays. We are back in the swing of things here on campus getting ready to harvest some awesome vermicompost that has come to perfection over the holidays. We are also ramping up a few science fair experiments using the worms and vermi-tea. Exciting times! To add to that excitement, imagine my surprise when I found out that some of the local worms had moved into some of our outdoor bins! Woo hoo! However…


Added by Marin Rodriguez on January 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

I have the feeling I am doing things wrong.

number one I dont use news paper in my can o worms composter.I cover the top with a worm blanket.I grind and freeze food.when I feed all the worms go down. some days I take top off and there are 50 to 60 worm on it. then I feed and they all go back down. these things go threw food like my trouble because I dont use paper.I keep them in my house dont want flies or smell thats why I grind food.had a friend that just added food . got driven nuts with flies and smell.I am in trouble…


Added by red stroud on January 8, 2013 at 8:11am — 3 Comments

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