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February 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Shoebox experiment with finished vermicompost and used coffee grounds (UCG)

December 18, 2012 I decided to see if used coffee grounds (UCG) could be composted just by adding some finished vermicompost.  I got a Sterilite clear shoebox and filled it 1/2 full with UCG, with paper coffee filters included, and then added a good covering of finished vermicompost.  I mixed it up a little and then waited.  December 28th I checked in on the project (plus plenty of times before that) and felt that not much was happening and decided to add some worms to speed things along. …


Added by Rick on February 21, 2013 at 7:05pm — 12 Comments

well, after one week of worm wrangling

I've read about composting till I have nightmares of being chased by decomposing rutabegas,

I've designed at least 40 "Perfect" worm bins,

I've poked, prodded, and generally annoyed my worms 752.3 times.

I've started a pre-composting experiment,

I've split my bin into two bins,

I have blisters from cutting up cc with scissors,

and I'm starting to use composting abbreviations

Hi All:)

all in all things seem to be going quite…


Added by Organic Crusader on February 21, 2013 at 6:05pm — 4 Comments

Mites in my worm bin: How to control mites as seen in my Worm Factory 360

Last week, I did a series on feeding pumpkin to my red wigglers in my Worm Factory 360. While I really enjoyed watching my worms go to town on that big old piece of pumpkin, I have to admit that the pictures enlightened me in another way -- my Worm Factory 360 had a lot of mites! Yup -- mites happen. They occur here in Alaska, and I've seen posts from people all over the world with mites in their worm bin.

So, my latest article is on how to use mites to your advantage -- a litmus… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 20, 2013 at 10:52pm — 4 Comments

Conclusion of the Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Feeding Experiment!

In Alaska, we have very dark winters, but the sun is already starting to come up over the mountains. The past week while I was doing this experiment had the most dramatic change in sunlight angle so far this year. My horses finally get to stand with sun on their coats, and the light is hitting my fish tank making the algae eaters very excited and happy.

I have found that at a certain point in spring, my red wigglers know when to do a special happy dance. That day is not here yet;… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 17, 2013 at 1:54pm — No Comments

in response to your message yesterday.

Greetings Kathy,

This is tony aven, you sent me a message yesterday that made me very happy.  I would enjoy discussing any potential business relationships you had mentioned with your help, us vermicomposters have to stick together!  Please get in touch with me via email at and i hope we can take a min and speak over the phone if possible.

tony aven

Added by Tony Aven on February 17, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

3/3/13 Up-dated Permaculture Design Course in SE Ohio

3/3/13 Up-date:

I'm thrilled to announce that Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy, founders of The Hummingbird Project, are going to join us for the March 23rd Soil Fertility Session!

They are going to tell us about their non-profit, their projects, give the Soil Food Web Presentation and help us as we explore what's in our soil, vermicompost and compost under the microscopes!

Bring a sample, collected within…


Added by Kathy Jacobson on February 16, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Day 5 of The Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Eating Experiment!

Sorry this is getting posted a day late. I got the pictures taken in time last night, but since it was Valentine's Day and all -- this didn't get posted until today.

Only about a tablespoon of pumpkin is left. The skin is all separated -- some of it is apparently already eaten by those hungry red wiggler composting worms in Alaska!!

I'll take a final couple of shots tonight just to have some conclusion to the whole experiment. Hope you have enjoyed seeing the pictures as… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 15, 2013 at 8:19pm — 8 Comments

Lazy Man's Drip Irrigation

One of my biggest problems when I first started my flow through bin was keeping everything moist enough. Particularly with a heating cable active in a bin that was predominantly bedding, things seemed to dry up very quickly. 

I contemplated getting an actual drip irrigation system, and tried various methods of adding water. In no particular order, I've tried the following and discovered shortcomings on each:

1: Spray bottle: too. damn. slow.

2: Hose with mister:…


Added by Ben on February 14, 2013 at 10:19pm — 8 Comments

Kudos to Worms Etc.

These folks are great and I wanted to pass along a recommendation.
I ordered a lb on 2/11, it was shipped on 2/12, and arrived on 2/14.
A big, fat sack of healthy, vigorous worms.
So, if you're looking for some, give them a try.
No connection, etc, etc., just a satisfied customer.

Added by George on February 14, 2013 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

My teen thinks I'm Crazy(er)

Hi All :)

***WARNING ***

The following Blog contains run on sentences, bad grammar, random and misplaced Capitalization, and the occasional mispelled word, if that sort of thing offends you, please, read no further.

well, I just got started on vermicomposting yesterday with a tiny (3gal/11 1/2l) rubbermaid bin and a pound of worms, and my teen thinks I've lost my last grip on reality, so vermi-composting has all ready payed off :)



Added by Organic Crusader on February 14, 2013 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Day 4 Of The Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Feeding Experiment

It's Day 4 already in the Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Feeding Experiment! I have four pictures up today. Personally, I like number 3 the best. Can hardly wait for the experiment to be over so I can take care of some of those mites! I know they don't hurt the red wiggler composting worms, but I'd like there to be (much) less of them anyhow! Adding some powdered eggshell is nearly guaranteed to help.

I am embarrassed to say that no matter how long I raise red wiggler composting… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 14, 2013 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

The Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Feeding Experiment -- Day 3

Today was a great day for worm pictures. Lots of worms in the pictures!

There is still a bit more pumpkin in my bin than I had anticipated, but the worms are definitely going to town on it! Interestingly, the mite population has already decreased. I don't think the worms want to share their pumpkin with the mites!

I think that this pumpkin would probably be history if I had added it like I do the rest of my kitchen scraps -- well chopped or even blended in a food… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 12, 2013 at 11:20pm — 8 Comments

The Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Experiment -- Day 2

Granted, the pumpkin I added in this experiment was pretty ripe to begin with, but now it is little more than mush. I couldn't even properly lift it to show the mass of worms working on it from the bottom. But, my website has two pictures of Day 2 in the experiment!

You will notice mites in the photos. They are no big deal, and are great little composters in their own right. After the experiment, I will add some dry bedding (torn up cardboard egg cartons) and some powdered eggshell.… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 11, 2013 at 11:03pm — No Comments

The Great Worm Factory 360 Pumpkin Feeding Experiment -- Day One

I always loved the blogs I would find that had a picture per day (or per week) showing something happening.. mine will be showing just how long it takes for my Alaska Red Wiggler composting worms to finish a pound of pumpkin! Unfortunately, I am technologically stunted and don't know how to put the picture in my blog (I guess I could put it in my "photos" page on this site, but then it's not a blog!

Anyhow -- if you want to see how it's working, I'll add the link to my site that has… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on February 11, 2013 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Vermicomposting Demo

I have reserved a spot in the ecoliving area at the Akron Home and Garden Show.  Anyone in the area is more than welcome to stop by.  Warning--I will probably put you to work!

Added by John K. Craig on February 8, 2013 at 9:39pm — 3 Comments

Time>Money: Making my own flow through worm inn

Well I used to have more time, but now I have six jobs and no time, why isn't the money flowing in like a flood?

Anyway, I still don't feel free with my limited cash and I want to restart my vermicomposting.  i have the louvers to make a Awesome aerated worm bin but I'm skeptical about it still.  Then I saw an instructable with a flow through bag made of sewn felt and it seemed to work for folks, but it required building a wood frame and I don't have the tools. Nor do I have an Ikea…


Added by Metqa on February 8, 2013 at 7:33am — 70 Comments

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