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February 2009 Blog Posts (21)

My Fabric flow through bin.

There was a full inch of lecheat in the drip tray today. Looking into the drip tray I found a half dozen worms in the liquid. Checking the newspaper in the bottom of the bin I found that the worms had eaten through the inch of newspaper I put in the bottom of the bin when I started it up. I spotted a worm in the compost through the hole in the remaining paper. Believing there would be worms and compost falling into the drip pan form now on I decided to add a block of coir to the drip tray. That… Continue

Added by Eve on February 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Don't use glue!

In my last post, I mentioned that I layed a towel between the bin and it's lid to keep the fruit flies out. What I didn't mention is that I had tried something else first that was a BIG mistake.



I thought that if I could attach a cushioned material around the lip of the bin, then the lid would seal on tight, preventing the flies from returning. So, I spent a few hours trimming craft foam, gluing it down with a waterproof epoxy, clamping it in sections and then taping the edges down… Continue

Added by Kelly DuLong on February 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Using a thermometer and a heater

New Thermometer



My old thermometer died. Probably because it was not well protected. The word "outdoor" on the label does not mean waterproof. So, I bought a new one. However, I've learned a couple of things so I did it a little differently this time.



First, I added a little protection from the environment by enclosing the sensor it in a zip… Continue

Added by Carl on February 21, 2009 at 3:57pm — 3 Comments

Eliminating fruit flies

So, I promised my friends I'd write about how I got rid of the fruit flies. I will make this one quick since I'm excited to write about the worm bin demonstration I had on Friday.



I'm no expert on this matter, but I will tell you what worked for me. As I wrote previously, I had a batch of stinky bedding/food which I piled into an open cardboard box to air out. It quickly became infested with fruit flies, so I transfered the compost into a plastic bin with a lid. Every day I went to… Continue

Added by Kelly DuLong on February 21, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Big feeding Update

It has been 5 days so I checked on the progress of the big feeding. Eeewwwwwwwuuuu What a disgusting mess the food has collapsed into a gross puddle. It is sitting on top of the dark compost below the shredded cardboard. There was a chimney like hole through the shredded cardboard all the way down to the “gloop“. It did look like there was less than half of the feeding left. But yuck. I do believe I will not feed quit this combo again. Or in such a large amount. And to add to the yuck factor a… Continue

Added by Eve on February 21, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Worm heater

Worm heater (from top)



Well, I broke down and decided to heat the worm bin. Troy Brooks suggested the possibility of using a fish tank heater and Eve pointed out a… Continue

Added by Carl on February 19, 2009 at 2:02pm — 6 Comments

Redworm suppliers wanted

I currently have 4 redworm suppliers and I am looking for more. Please contact me at http://northwestredworms.com if you are interested. thanks.

Added by Doug Knippel on February 17, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments

A bucket full of drunk worms?

Once upon a time, I had a worm bin. Then the Texas weather did what it does so well--change suddenly--and the bin became a casserole. No worms survived The Great Parboiling.



That was a few years ago. Lately, I've been re-educating myself about worms and their needs, preparing to try again. I garden more now, and yearn for vermicompost! Too, I'm curious to see how well bokashi (a sort of fermented kitchen waste) and vermicomposting work together. Some people say their EF will eat… Continue

Added by D S Foxx on February 17, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

First Time Blogger's 20 Questions(Actually 3)

OK, I've joined this group two weeks ago and I've read ALL of the past blogs/discussions and viewed ALL of the videos/photos (I have a thing about reading a newspaper ,even if it is old news so guess what...now I find myself trying to check out the headlines on the papers in the worms houses!!)and have even convinced a friend to join(Read : Another Addict on board)

Now...I've definately realised and experienced it just this past week that no 2 bins are identical.I have 2 rubbermaid bins… Continue

Added by Lizette Janse van Vuuren on February 17, 2009 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

Big feedings in flow through bin

I fed a double feeding today. A whole ice cream tub of food frozen in my garage fridge when the garage got down well below freezing. Coleslaw, carrot sticks, broccoli, turnips and cauliflower the house is going to be smelly for a few days.



I am not to worried about the worms getting such a large feeding as when I first started my flow through. I have steadily increased the size of the feedings and not had any problems.



Recently I feed a whole large pumpkin that just fit… Continue

Added by Eve on February 16, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

i found a worm

Outside on my porch this afternoon. i think he was a nightcrawler, unless he was a real fet red wiggler. i put him in with my redworms. Do you think hell male it. This worm was on cold concrete under leaves and a tarp.

@ the ranch the boys are devouring their horse poop.



Ron

Added by Ron on February 13, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Cardboard lid

I had read on a few sites that sitting a lid down on top of the bedding would help keep the fruit flies down and the worms would come up to feed just under the lid. So I cut out a large section of cardboard sized to fit down on top of the shredded cardboard inside the bin.



This was five days ago. For the last couple days my house has been surprisingly fruit fly free. Well there have been a couple. But it is a far sight better than what i had been having. Tonight i looked under the… Continue

Added by Eve on February 13, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Vermiculture Small Business Start-Up

Hello All!



Thank you for taking the time to read and suggest advice to me, I am extremely grateful and appreciative for all who respond, I am eager to learn from your experience!



First, What is the best place to get bulk composting worms?



Red worms better than Night Crawlers?



How many worms are necessary?

(per certain amount of space, i.e. 1 lb worms per cubic foot or yard)



Any reccomendations for… Continue

Added by Stephen Sibley on February 11, 2009 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Commercial Vericomposting

I have a large empty barn located on my ranch adjacent to Dairy Farms and a Nursery located on a highly visible freeway with thousands of cars driving by every day.



I have an ideal opportunity to vericompost commercially with an experienced person.



I have an extensive business background, but no vericomposting experience.



Where is the best place to locate an experienced vericomposter to run this operation in the Sacramento CA area?



Thank you for your… Continue

Added by Marvin Tom on February 10, 2009 at 9:41pm — No Comments

i had to do it

Despite what some have said i mixed up the bottom contents of my new bin. More to see what was happening than to aerate, but i think the aeration is pretty good too. the worm are in the muck making black gold as we speak and the contents were not an anerobic mess. and the worm look fat. After seeing Christy's videos i think a gentle mixing every so often will provide a better finished product, and it's fun messin with the worms. But i did listen to the pro's about over feeding and i believe it… Continue

Added by Ron on February 10, 2009 at 10:15am — 5 Comments

Question for the experienced vermicomposter

1.) Do you know about ideal breeding conditions for the worm bin? I may have heard that red wigglers breed at a certain temperature.

Added by Micah on February 9, 2009 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

Duh, didn't notice the blog feature.

I have my Gusanito 4 stack ready to go, reconstituted coir, shredded moist newspaper, a TP roll, a few handfuls of mesclun greens and what was left of my January amaryllis blooms.



I had been expecting my worms last week due to a typo in the email Worms Wrangler sent me to tell me my shipping date, easy mistake, no harm done.



The food will be well rotted by the time the worms arrive- expected 2/11 or 12/ 09.



I set my bin up as instructed, using the provided… Continue

Added by icebear on February 8, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

OH NO! Worms everywhere.....

I check on my bin this morning and found that there was a mass suicide exedus from the bin. Worms on the floor dried up, and worms on the wall, hanging off the top ready to take the leap. It sucked.



I was already late for work and I had to spend an extra 25 mins trying to get them out of the current bedding to put them into something new. I shredded up alot of news paper for new bedding. I pulled as many worms as I could from the old and placed into the new, some of the old bedding… Continue

Added by Robert on February 7, 2009 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

Second Harvest

Well, it has been about four months since I purchased my worm factory. The goal was for a convenient way to dispose of kitchen wastes and to get some benefit for the garden. Depending on how much castings are ready, the plan is to use them for the tomatoes. Additional amounts will go into the other vegetable pots. As I said it has now been about four months and we just finished harvesting the second tray full of castings. So it's about 2 months per tray to get it to where I want it for harvest.… Continue

Added by Troy Brooks on February 6, 2009 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

HAPPY WORMS

The worms seems happy and are doing there thing. My wife has now even grown to like the worms. I will start some pictures soon.. Worm ranchin seems pretty easy. Worms love horse manure, i d give em more but i really want them to eat veg Scrap. i wonder if i should build up my population with horse poop and then i will have enough wigglers for all my scraps.

Ron

Added by Ron on February 1, 2009 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

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