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February 2010 Blog Posts (12)

Done!

Okay, My composter is finally done, it was a nice weekend project. I have newspapers in there and leaves (that have really started the decaying process) a little garden dirt, and just a little veggies scraps for the molds and microbes to have something to get started on. I watered it until water came out the bottom (just to make sure I got enough moisture in there).


So, now I just have to order worms and I can get the party started.


Thank you so…
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Added by Jennie on February 28, 2010 at 11:12am — 4 Comments

Week 1

So, I am at a close of Week 1 and am just working on the bag. Yes, I got on this group before I have really started composting. I was using The Compost Guy's site on how to do it and saw he has this cool bag called the Worm Inn and that he liked it better than the rubbermaid containers. However, sigh, I do not have enough money to go this route.


So, I started researching different worm bin disigns when I happened on Amy Young's instructable for making a worm bag. I am so…
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Added by Jennie on February 27, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Requesting Food Scraps to help keep up!

I was beginning to get worried about my worm bin because my family produces relatively little worm-edible waste and I've had a hard time the last couple of weeks finding even a little bit of food to put in their bin. My concern grew as I noticed BSFLs in my bin last week. The last thing I want is my worms to leave because they're starving! They've begun processing the bedding significantly and I decided I had to expand my options because usually my family members just throw the few scraps we do… Continue

Added by Garden Citizen on February 27, 2010 at 3:15am — 6 Comments

Harvested the Roughneck; moisture still an issue

I harvested my Roughneck tote last night. I posted something in the general thread about ratio of castings to dirt in a finished bin, worried that somehow that ratio would be "off" in my bin. I shouldn't have worried- the contents were beautiful (I didn't get pictures, unfortunately). There were still some decent sized chunks of bedding that I split between the new bin and the bin of finished stuff. I figured I'd let a few pieces provide some food for whatever babies I missed when I harvested.… Continue

Added by Lisa Cota on February 23, 2010 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

harvest

harvesting is to tedious! i spent at least an hour and a half trying to sift through the half of the bin i've kept relatively food-free for about a month.



a few things i discovered:

it's way moister in the bin than it should be

a lot of worm cocoons!

it's really difficult to sift through castings when it's so wet

a lot of tiny white worms (pot worms)

a few millipedes

strange pill-sized pods of some type that look like hatched. brownish shell.



still… Continue

Added by rickie on February 18, 2010 at 9:17pm — 3 Comments

making a new bin

while my first bin was not a complete failure, i've learned that it needed holes...a lot more holes. so, i bought the same model bin form ikea (slugis) and got a soldering iron.



sitting on the balcony, i made dozens of holes. i started getting light-headed, took a break, then came back. i was armed with a mask and a fan, pointing away from me. lots of melting plastic. i think i may add more holes before transferring my little buddies into the new bin... internal moisture seems to be a… Continue

Added by rickie on February 14, 2010 at 1:58am — 4 Comments

FT Heater Update - Feb.

This last few weeks has been unusually warm - for the northern Washington mountains. At the time of my last update i had turned the heat up on my aquarium heater a bit and added more water in the the heater bucket. Then it warmed up to above freezing every day, still in the 20's F at night. Its almost like our normal March weather.



My FT had been sitting in the low 60s for weeks. I have been feeding the worms every week as usual and there was a rather large buildup of food in the FT.… Continue

Added by Eve on February 11, 2010 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Harvest from a 10 gallon plastic bin

I harvested 24 lbs from a home made 10 gallon plastic bin this morning. I rinsed the bin out well and re-started it with more shredded newspaper. It's the third time I've removed vermicompost from the bin, but the first time I've cleaned it out completely.

That makes roughly 50 lbs of vermicast that I've harvested from the 10 gallon bin since April 09. The bin was started with about 150 - 175 worms. I added a few here and…

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Added by bpearcy10 on February 7, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rabbit manure

I'm going to pick up 200 lbs of rabbit manure this weekend for my outdoor bin experiment. It's packaged in 50 lb feed sacks. When the rabbits eat the feed, the sacks are filled with rabbit manure. I've read that it needs to be "pre-composted" and "leached" first but I know of a large worm farm that doesn't do either. I plan to add some cardboard strips for bedding and let it sit for a week in the bin. I'll be monitoring the temps daily to check for…

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Added by bpearcy10 on February 7, 2010 at 4:30pm — 29 Comments

Flow through - One month later

I am continually amazed at how much stuff the 35gal flow-through can handle. Some weeks I feed it three times a week, and the bind handles it beautifully. When I fed today, I noticed some worms in the zone I was feeding. It was nice to see a few, just to know they're there. I had a few brief problems with leachate in the beginning, but I was actually watering the bin by pouring water over it once a week or so. I now know not to do that. I've only had two escapees through the top, and none… Continue

Added by Lisa Cota on February 6, 2010 at 6:21pm — No Comments

update

Unlike last winter, we're having a real one here on Long Island. I can tell by the number of days I have been grateful for my winter coat. Last year, I rued having bought a coat with a sub zero rating. This year, not so much. During a for real cold snap, I got it into my head to bring the worms in from our attached but unheated garage into the downstairs powder room that doesn't get much traffic. I was afraid the worms would freeze in the garage. This resulted in an explosion of fruit flies,… Continue

Added by Anna Rich on February 6, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments

First Bin (45 gallon garbage can flow-through)

Hi Everyone - I've been lurking here for a while and finally got time to set up my own bin. After reading lots of posts over the past couple of months I decided to start with a continuous flow-through modeled after Jason's. I'll probably try a Rubbermaid as well in 6 months when I have some additional worms just for the experience of doing it, but I'm hoping the flow-through will be my main bin for getting rid of food and garden scraps once it gets going. Thanks to everyone here for all of the… Continue

Added by geaux_worms on February 1, 2010 at 11:44am — 28 Comments

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