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March 2011 Blog Posts (19)

My File Cabinet Worms

They are happy, healthy. I had a cleaning lady in this week and challenged her to find the worms in our house.  When she couldn't figure it out, I narrowed the her search to rooms, then to the specific room.  She couldn't find them.  The cabinet looks so natural. Nothing tell-tale to give a clue.

They are eating  about 2lbs a week.  No smell, liquid safely dripping into lower cabinet.

Will be moving the file cabinet into my store next month.

Added by Beth Moody on March 29, 2011 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Getting Started

My worms should be mailed out today, from a wonderful vermicomposter in MT. My bin is ready and waiting for them!

Added by Colleen Lathan on March 28, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Happy Spring!

Hi folks!

I just wanted to drop y'all a note and say thanks for all of your posts, information, opinions and inquiries.  I could spend all day, day after day, cruising around this site!  I would also love to chime in on all the threads but well, you know, the worms are calling me.

However, I have spent a bunch of time today writing and posting on the Ohio Vermiculture Network group page and since I have shared some of my opinions and experiences  that touch on threads elsewhere…

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Added by Kathy Jacobson on March 26, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

Help!!

My worm bin was doing so well.  The worms were multiplying like crazy, going through about a pound of food scraps that had gone through the food processor every 3 days and all seemed well.

 

And now not so much.  It's starting to smell.  Really bad.  Like manure kind of bad.  I checked the bin and it doesn't seem too wet.  There's still lots of worms, but they're not as active.  The food I put in there last Sunday still hasn't been processed at all.  And the already processed…

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Added by Potted Farm on March 24, 2011 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

Red Mites

Hi folk's, I was wondering if anyone has had this problem? I shipped 1 pound of Red Wigglers to a very nice lady who was going to use them indoors. She said there are red mites mixed in. I have placed banana peels in different bins and have not seen one yet, is it common for these little suckers to be in there.

Thanks in advance Jim

Added by JIM STACY on March 23, 2011 at 7:36am — 4 Comments

Worms Toxic to Your Health

I have very bad news my friends. I have been very sick and for some time now. At first, the doctors had no idea what they were seeing or why for that matter. It was a very strange upper respiratory ailment unrelated to anything they had never seen. A friend of mine recently sent me a link dealing with a pathogen found in soil i.e. a worm bin I had in my house for the past five years. I bring this to you with nothing but good intentions my friends. If anyone in your home has been getting sick… Continue

Added by Lawrence Eugene Berry on March 20, 2011 at 12:59pm — 4 Comments

Doggy Poo Digester

I've been contemplating an in-ground, doggy-poo vermidigester for a while, now, and finally got it placed and started the other day.  I used an old Rubbermaid trash barrel we've had around for over a decade.  We bought it new to use for aquariums and such.  It's never had anything in it but clean, filtered, fresh or salt water.  It had some large holes drilled in the sides because it was a reservoir for RO water and had a "sight glass" tube attached to the side to show how full it was. …

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Added by Sharon Hollars on March 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

My castings dried out . . .

My question is this . . . Could I add fresh castings to the dried out castings to 'reinoculate' the dried out castings with beneficial microorganisms? And make sure I keep it damp enough this next time around . . . . The stuff that dried out is like cement!!

Added by Leigh on March 14, 2011 at 11:47am — 4 Comments

new worms

Well Jen and I are at it again but this time in Washington.  We have started a new batch of red wigglers that we baught from the worm dude.  Thus far they have been doing very well and I do that the worm dude for calling me and letting me know when he was sending them out.  The worms have been in our care for a week now and have not shown too much as far as results go.  But they again we have not been looking for too many just yet since it has after all been only a week.  But one thing is for… Continue

Added by Zenon/Jennifer Herrera on March 12, 2011 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

DIY it will be. But indoor or outdoor? That is the question.

So I found some nice looking wood on the side of the road recently and thought to myself, "there's my future worm bin." The catch is that I don't know much about wood or power tools, but I'm going to give it a shot.

 

The tricky part is using all my scrap wood with minimal waste or need for additional materials. This involved a lot of math which I'm not proud to say probably took a bit longer than it should have. Luckily I have enough wood for a bin of adequate size. Interior…

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Added by Krissy on March 12, 2011 at 12:56am — 5 Comments

Worms in the Store 2

My plastic file cabinet/worm bin seems to be working well.  The experiment is acutally in my guest room right now.  I had guests in over the weekend and it was only at the end of their stay that I mentioned that there were was vermicomposting going on somewhere in their room.  I challenged them to find the worms.  They couldn't and were shocked when I opened the file drawer, peeled back the shredded paper only to see my beautiful red wigglers wiggling away.  No smell, moisture good, garbage…

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Added by Beth Moody on March 11, 2011 at 1:15am — No Comments

Byoearth doing a great job Vermicomposting in Guatamala

I found this really interesting project that are working to encourage Vermicomposting in Gautamala.

One of the key players, Maria Rodriguez was interviewed by Bentley on his Red Worms site.

Bentley interviews Maria…

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Added by Sam Jones on March 7, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Getting ready to garden

I wanted to post some pics of my gardening activities so far.  Trying to remember how to put in captions for the pictures.

This is my blueberry plot with a few onions that you can barely see in the foreground. To the left is the 7 ft high trellis I have been building.…

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Added by Pat James on March 6, 2011 at 2:27pm — 4 Comments

Percentage of castings from a lb of feed

I read somewhere (maybe here, but can't find) that a pound of feed will yield approx 1/3 lb of castings. Am I way off or is this correct.

 

Thanks.

Added by Carolyn O'Connor on March 6, 2011 at 1:12am — 8 Comments

Is rain water collected from a asphalt tile roof safe for the plants?

This question came up in the gardening class.

Added by Paula Allen on March 5, 2011 at 8:58pm — 9 Comments

A Birthday Gift that Keeps on Giving

Today is my friend's birthday.  I tried to think of something wonderful to get her.  Something that wouldn't be forgotten among the trinkets, books, and cards.  Something that told her how much I admired and respected her.....There was only one real choice.   Worms.

My friend is an avid composter.  Dedicated to healing the earth.  Dedicated to her home and family.  She is not a vermicomposter.  Its been a quandry for her during the winter, "what to do with garbage during the…

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Added by Beth Moody on March 3, 2011 at 6:03am — 2 Comments

Worm meal progress

Just a short post to say that since the last post, the food is nearly gone.  I've posted a video of the progress in the video section of the site.  I'm interested in techniques for estimating the number of worms in a squirm....it seems like there are thousands and thousands in the top tray alone!  

 

I have really smelly goop (my technical term for rotting fruit pulp) waiting for the next feeding, but I think that there is enough left in the top tray for me to hold off for a…

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Added by Bob Lauver on March 2, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments

New House majority gleefully cancels Congress' composting program!

Now this is pitiful. The Tea Party folks grabbed seats in Congress saying they were gonna cut big expenditures (which oughta mean military, since that's where all the money goes, percentage-wise). Instead, they're happily tweeting that they've brought plastic spoons back to the House cafeteria--and dropped their composting program!

 

There's a lovely site called Care2Causes that lets anybody put their fave issue up and generate public petitions to targeted people. If you're…

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Added by Lee Jolliffe on March 2, 2011 at 7:35am — 3 Comments

Getting Schooled

Responsible future worm-owner that I am, I'm doing a good bit of internet research on home vermicomposting. I've read the classic "Worms Eat My Garbage" and already learned so much from members of this forum. I've yet to start "The Earth Moved."

 

With a goal of eventually vermicomposting all our organic waste, I'm weighing the pros and cons of different setups. The DIY enthusiast and cheap-skate in me wants to go the rubbermaid bin or trash can flow-through route, but the…

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Added by Krissy on March 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

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