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March 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Worm powered lettuce!

I got some lettuce starts a few weeks ago and planted them in a big shallow pot with a mix of old potting soil and lots of worm compost. They're doing really well! My girlfriend is terrified of eating anything grown in "worm poop" though so this lettuce might just be for me, the rabbit, and the hamster, if I can't bring her around to reason (dude, the whole world is made of worm poop! mellow out!)

Added by Laurel on March 31, 2009 at 1:33pm — 8 Comments

Pictures Posted

I've taken seven photos of my worm bins and posted them on my page. I welcome any questions, though I am just getting started.

Added by Tiffany on March 31, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

My first blog and worm bin

3/30/09



My worm bin is one day old. Yeah! Decided to use the continuous flow system. Should be easier to harvest using this system. I'm starting on a small scale using three 5 gallon plastic bins. Depending how this goes I may upgrade sometime in the future. I will take picture of my system and post the pics.



I am also putting together an improved worm bin at MooseWood Nature Center. I'm hoping to make it interactive for the kids that visit. I am building the worm bag… Continue

Added by Tiffany on March 31, 2009 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

3 days off, because working hard.

I just managed to go 3 whole days with out checking on my worms, of course it helped that I was on call and not physically home. My worms are doing great, no more dead ones and more apparent around my food. Still very slow eaters though, no idea when I'll be able to feed them again.

I'm very happy that a. there are no more dead'uns and b. they no longer seem to be trying to escape oh and c. my population may actually be growing.

Added by Celeste on March 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

worms!

So I calculated that my worms have officially been in for 2 weeks now, and isn't that the reproductive time frame?



It's hard work to leave my worms alone, and after all my worrying about what happened to all my worms I went and did some digging all the way to the bottom layers of my bin. What do ya know I found a bunch of big worms down there. I was surprised because there's not much in the way of food down there, just old leaves... but I was happy to see that there were way more… Continue

Added by Celeste on March 28, 2009 at 12:31am — No Comments

My "Scrap Jar" and a sawdust update

I was inspired by the photo of the little jail house worm bin to put a cotton filter in my scrap jar. I had been just elastic banding a paper towel over a jar. Well the cotton filter idea didn't work out and i ended up making a whole new scrap jar with a landscape fabric filter.





I cut some holes in the coffee can lid and covered them with landscape fabric. I used some leftover tub caulking to keep it in place.…



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Added by Eve on March 27, 2009 at 7:32pm — 6 Comments

Worm bin blog: so far

I started my worm bin made from rubbermaid containers around March 1. I filled it with old leaves and damp newspaper strips. I added a handful of garden dirt, and some veggie scraps and old bread.

That day I went to a bait shop and bought about 10 worms, they told me they were red worms, but they turned out to be night crawlers. I ordered 500 red wrigglers from a worm farm in PA, they arrived a couple of weeks after I set up my worm bin. At this point the food had been sitting for a while… Continue

Added by Celeste on March 27, 2009 at 12:47pm — 5 Comments

Punky wood? Rotted wood? Most incredible bedding ever?

I’m curious if anyone has tried or had success with the same thing…



I have been a worm bin since spring 2008. I use a Worm Factory upwards migration bin that I received as a (very nice) gift. Since setting it up, I have tried different types of bedding for my worms. You know, lots of shredded news paper and coconut coir, sand and pulverized eggshells, house plant debris. The worms appeared content with that until I started the second tray and began using mostly egg cartons. I’d soak… Continue

Added by Corrie on March 26, 2009 at 9:46pm — 4 Comments

Beginner's Mistakes

I have certainly enjoyed hearing from some of the other members on my previous posts. My current thinking is to post to this blog as inspiration motivates more as a diary and dialog more in the forum area. So please don't take offense if I don't answer each Reply - I'll be catching up with you in the Forum



Our first mistake: using the refrigerator. Well, not exactly ... for eighteen square feet of surface our first purchase of 2,000 E fetida was way too few. Even with our… Continue

Added by bwelkin on March 23, 2009 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Sawdust Update

I fed the worms today and am happy to report that i didn't have a big cloud of fruit flies hiding under the sawdust. In fact this is the first time i have opened the bin and not seen even one fruit fly all winter. YAHOO!



I took photos, i got to thinking that my bin is so unusual that they are necessary. And, I wont have to do a lot of typing to explain things that way.



This is the drip pan it is as you can tell a cheap kitty litter pan. Its full of pellet stove pellets… Continue

Added by Eve on March 22, 2009 at 8:39pm — 7 Comments

The Big Day

Today we received 12# of E. Hortensis - and we thought we were ready. The worms go in, the worms go down, we cover with newspaper and we wet down the newspaper. We take some (not enough!) some pictures. We go have our evening supper.



So, I'm reading the remarks of another newbie who comments that when he revisited his worms on the morning of Day 2, they were all over his basement. So we visit, an hour after sunset, our carport situated worm bed. AND THEY ARE ESCAPING!!! But the… Continue

Added by bwelkin on March 20, 2009 at 9:29pm — 3 Comments

Chartreuse worms

Today, as part of market research, my son and I purchased some "fishing" worms from our local non-franchised convenience store. 12 worms (E. hortensis) for $3.79 and 12 "Chartreuse" for $4.49 These were refrigerated and apparently shipped down from Oklahoma - about 5 to 600 miles north of us here in Texas. The chartreuse worms are E. hortensis but have been given a special feed that makes them kinda green and, supposedly, smell like garlic. Research on the web indicates that this green garlic… Continue

Added by bwelkin on March 19, 2009 at 7:13pm — No Comments

So Frustrated.

My bin seemed to be doing well. I'd check on them about once twice a week, I only had a couple of escapees a week. then I put something in the bin and it exploded with fungus gnats. Now they are everywhere in the house and I had t completely empty the bin.



I made new bedding, put window screen in the bottom to keep the worms from slipping through the (tiny) vent holes in the bottom. I glued both screen and non woven frost cloth over the large vent holes to keep out any bugs or gnats.… Continue

Added by Metqa on March 19, 2009 at 10:13am — 5 Comments

March update

Well, I was finally able to take some decent pictures of my worms. My father's birthday was a few days ago and I needed to get the pictures taken so I could mail him a CD to inform him that he will be a partial benefiary of my new worming hobby. I told him I will set him up with his own worm bin this summer and this bin (his b-day present) awaits his return to WI (he currently spends his winters in a much warmer & sunnier state). This bin of his own will allow him to harvest all the worms… Continue

Added by Sara on March 17, 2009 at 8:10pm — No Comments

cardboard

I would like to use the worms to manage a large supply of cardboard, any hints? Should I pre-compost it, how much should 2 pounds of worms be able to eat in a day, they have had the cardboard for a couple of weeks and are happily eating aple cores and old banannas, even bread, but the cardboard is still there
am I barking up a wrong tree?
Dave

Added by david on March 17, 2009 at 1:25pm — 5 Comments

The Latest Experiment

The latest experiment was to try out wood pellets. It sort of took a left turn into controlling fruit flies.



I decided to try out Priswell Wood Pellet idea. Priswell has been extolling the virtues of using wood pellets as bedding for a long while and i decided try a little bit a little while back. Well a real small amount to start with. You see I have a pellet stove, the pellets are on hand but never considered using any for bedding, after all they represent heat.



At first… Continue

Added by Eve on March 16, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Experimenting with that Boreal Wormer design

I've been a little frustrated feeling like my plastic tub bin isn't getting enough air, so I decided to try to add some additional aeration. I'm starting easy -- I added a PVC pipe (slightly more than a dollar at the hardware store) with lots of tiny tiny holes drilled in it running through the bin, inspired by The Boreal Wormer. I only added a pipe to one side (I haven't had a chance to drill holes in the second one), and I pushed all the… Continue

Added by Laurel on March 16, 2009 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

My Adventures in Worming!

I only began my herd in January but was feeling very smug as I had read as many worming blogs and fourms as I could find and was sure I could avoid all those aggravating newbie mistakes I have read about. Well pride can be a painful thing.

I started my plastic rubbermaid bin in January with about 160 worms I bought at a local bait store generically labeled red worms (EH's I believe as they are fairly large: 5-8 inches long). I began the bin about a week before adding worms that included… Continue

Added by Michele on March 15, 2009 at 7:57am — 2 Comments

Still looking for worms

I am exploring composting right now. I wouldn't say I'm composting yet cause I don't have all my supplies in place. I am still looking for red wigglers and hoping that this website would be a good resource. There are not very many in my area who have worms to spare (according to the map.) But I'm not giving up. I called a few bait and tackle shops and one shop said they'd order them for me which is the route I may go.

TBC....

Added by ALICIA YANG on March 5, 2009 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

Orchids

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I have posted a collection of photos from my visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA this past Sunday. I know it's not worm related but I thought there might be some people into orchids… Continue

Added by Carl on March 4, 2009 at 8:15am — 3 Comments

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