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February 2011 Blog Posts (32)

Dealing with Weeds, Can worms and microorgansisms help?

Soon spring will be here in Nagano. We have had  a bout of Spring at the end of February, but it set to go cold again this week. Anyway, soon enough people will start returning to their gardens,

 

I get really frustrated when I notice the local garbage despension points are piled up with bags of weeds and garden "waste" on Sunday evenings. I have made use of a few bags of garden leaves, which I used to insulate my outdoor worm bin this winter.

 

Many of the bags…

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Added by Sam Jones on February 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New to worming

Just wanted to say hello to everyone.  I'm a newbie.  I started my worm bin on 2/4/11.  I initially bought 50 worms from Petsmart while I was waiting for my 1# worms to come in.  I waited and added the 50 worms about 2 weeks after I had set up my 1# worms.  I wanted to give the new worms time to adapt.  So far so good.  I can definitely tell that worms are multiplying.  I have babies and cocoons.  I did discover some mites this morning and was a little frantic but discovered it was a little…

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Added by Tan Bradford on February 27, 2011 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Worms in My Store

I am experimenting.  I want to find an "attractive" way to keep worms at my desk in the office section of my store, I won't need the larger bins that I use at home.  I could just use a small container to collect lunch trash and carryit back home at he end of the day but... my store is a "green" store.  We sell composters.  We give composting workshops.  Wouldn't it be great to have a method of vermicomposting to use that's enticing for the novice right there.

So,   I found a black…

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Added by Beth Moody on February 27, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Lizard manure

Another question for those of you who have been vermicompostig longer than I......

 I have a Bearded Dragon named Cha. He is an omnivore. He eats alot of fresh veggies, but also live crickets and an occasional Goliath worm.

Does anyone know if his waste (poop),will be safe for my worms?

Added by Sara Ann Mielke on February 26, 2011 at 11:02pm — 3 Comments

Mirian message

Thanks for the warning!

Added by Julia Marginet on February 26, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Worm Factory update 2/26/11

After a long time of just feeding and adding a tray, I thought I would post something about the incredible activity in the bin in my practice room.  I can only estimate at this point, but I figure by the amount of food that they process per week that I must have 5-7lbs. of worms in there!!  I started with 2 pounds about a year ago, and put them through the stress of not feeding them for a 5-week stretch in the summer (not as many worms, LOTS of cocoons), harvested my 1st tray of castings…

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Added by Bob Lauver on February 26, 2011 at 12:21pm — 4 Comments

Darn spammers are everywhere, including on vermicomposters!

Thank goodness, I looked up "mirian's" profile and noticed that it wasn't a real profile.  Then I went to her/his "friends" and found others who complained about the spammer.  We need an unfriend button to help prevent this!

Added by Gabrielle Anderson on February 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

11TH ANNUAL WORM CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED!

THIS YEAR THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN LAS VEGAS!  For details -

2011 worm conference

and

http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/worm-conference/

See you there! I wrote a summary of last year's conference at http://www.slocountyworms.com in the…

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Added by Cristy Christie on February 25, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Santorum for President?? I hope not!

My article about Santorum running for President in 2012 -- Remember Terri!


http://intentionallyoutside.blogspot.com/2011/02/do-you-remember-terri.html

Added by Jay on February 25, 2011 at 1:35am — No Comments

The Composting Challenge

Even thought there's snow  knee deep, I feel spring.  Its in the air.  There's a tingle of new life everywhere.

As the distant spring air whispers its renewal I know that its time for..... spring cleaning.  Out with the old.

Time to set those winter plans into action.

The worms are a wiggling in anticipation.

My compost bins are eager to thaw out and their harvest spread onto my garden beds.

Time to review what worked and what didn't and…

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Added by Beth Moody on February 24, 2011 at 6:57am — 4 Comments

Why I changed from a stacking bin system to the Worm Inn

Bentley encouraged me to try the Worm Inn.

 

I just wanted to share an article with you about why I made the big change...

 

http://intentionallyoutside.blogspot.com/2011/02/worms-eat-my-garbage.html

 

I haven't done my first harvest yet, but so far I'm much happier with the Worm Inn.  I'll keep you posted on how I like it when I do my first harvest ;)

Added by Jay on February 24, 2011 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

COFFEE GROUNDS and Worms, do they get on with each other?

I collect Coffee grounds from a couple of Burger restaurants on a daily basis.

I have been composting a large amount of it over the winter with a few hundred kilos of leaves through the winter.

Last year I piled most of it in a heap in the back garden, mixed in with some of last years leaf mulch.

 

The back garden pile definately was a popular hang out for worms. I covered the pile over the winter months with some Rice straw and a tarp and it was buried under snow…

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Added by Sam Jones on February 23, 2011 at 7:08pm — 2 Comments

Spent Grains

Has anyone used spent grains as feed for worm? Spent grains are the by product from the brewing of beer.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brewer's spent grain (also called Spent grain, Brewer's grain or Draff) is a byproduct of beer brewing consisting of the residue of malt and grain which remains in the mash-kettle after the…

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Added by Glenn Wilson on February 22, 2011 at 6:01pm — 3 Comments

Black Soldier Fly and Vermicomposting

I have a small colony of BSF active in my worm bins. Have found they are difficult to displace and the end product in the bin is not the same as it used to be as it gets more moist at the bottom of the bin.

 

Have been reading Dr Paul Olivers findings about the potential benifits of having these characters in your worm bins.…

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Added by Sam Jones on February 21, 2011 at 10:54pm — 12 Comments

EM Bokashi composting, Anaerobic microbes, Worms, Black Soldier Fly and the SOIL FOOD WEB

O.k that is not exactly precise title to get a discussion going

but I have a question

 

I live in Japan and have been trying out both Vermicomposting and EM Bokashi Composting

with my household food waste for the past couple of years.

I am also a keen gardener, although again learning by my mistakes as I crawl along.

 

I recently read Teaming with Microbes and it has got me wondering.

Is the EM Bokashi fermented waste when mixed with…

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Added by Sam Jones on February 21, 2011 at 8:44pm — 10 Comments

Wet Worm Bin

I've had my worms a few weeks and they seem to be settling in quite well.  I'm feeding them food scraps mixed in the food processor almost every other day.  When I go in to add food there's LOTS of worms at the top and they're all very active.



The thing I've noticed is that the worm bin is getting really wet.  I know worms need a lot of moisture, but I'm worried it might be too wet.  I've added some extra shredded newsprint, but I'm wondering if there are other "dry" items I…

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Added by Potted Farm on February 21, 2011 at 7:50am — 11 Comments

Worm Tea

Can worm tea be made from the leachate or the worm castings? It would seem that the end batch would be about the same. Just looking for advice on this. Would they contain the same beneficial bacteria? I would think that the process of adding sugar, air and water would do the same thing in the end.

Added by Glenn Wilson on February 20, 2011 at 3:08pm — 2 Comments

Going to a Gardening Class

   A couple I know that wants to start gardening this spring are going to this class.  Its free.  Any way they told the guy about me and my composting and vermicomposting.  He calls and asked if I would talk about it. 

   I  was thinking about taking a small tote.  Mark hole spaces with a sharppee. I forgot what size drill bit to use for the holes.  Take some bedding supplies, cardboard. egg cartons, shredded newspaper, and phone book pages shredded junk mail. .  Maybe a zip lock…

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Added by Paula Allen on February 19, 2011 at 2:10pm — 11 Comments

Expanding

 

The top left photo is a board that I use as a template for when I drill holes in the bin. I don't measure exactly but I try to make the holes somewhat uniform (OCD).  Then I cut window screen the size of a quarter and hot glue it over the 1/4 inch holes. I took a few worms and put them in the smaller containers. A few months later they multiplied like crazy.…

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Added by Jay on February 15, 2011 at 10:10pm — 4 Comments

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