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March 2012 Blog Posts (13)

New Euros from Earthworks Composting

On Tuesday March 27 I ordered two pounds of E. hortensis from Earthworks Composting in British Columbia, Canada.  The worms arrived on Friday March 30 in prime condition, packed nice and cozy for the chilly trip to Quebec. 

As a bonus he also sent two pens, which was very cool and unexpected.  High quality pens too, not some cheap stuff.  :D 

I highly recommend them for worms!  I will definitely be a repeat customer.

Added by Kara Patterson on March 31, 2012 at 5:25am — 14 Comments

Help babies in the leachate bin

I have a slight problem. I have babies in my leachate bin. They are so small that an attempt at picking them up would equal an immediate death. Trust me I already tried. Anyhow have a suggestion? I thought maybe I could pour water on them and then pour the water into the feed bin, but i'm not sure if it will work.

Added by thomas proctor on March 27, 2012 at 3:12pm — 21 Comments

Skinny, Thread thin, Tiny worms

As I posted last time, Gracie's worms had composted nearly everything in her bin down to a fine black mass off wonderful droppings. The only thing they didn't get was a bit of cardboard that was dry and stuck to the walls. At first look, it seemed that there were no worms left alive in her bin, but once you dug into the four inches of droppings at the bottom, you could see tons of them down there. They didn't look like the worms in the other bins, though. They were small, thin, threads…


Added by Antonia on March 27, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Wormalicious Giveaway!

Fern Richardson is giving away a Worm Factory 360 as well as a copy of Amy Stewart's The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms on her blog ( on Thursday! Check it out to win!

Added by Nature's Footprint on March 20, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments


Frank... Thanks for the suggestions.  Such a big mistake.. I purchased these for classroom worm bins... heck I take these to a classroom!  Guess, I need to make friends with fisherman real quick!


So you compost with  your's or raise them for bait?

Added by Carla Allen on March 19, 2012 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Help euro nightcrawlers are fleeing

Help!  I just received european nightcrawlers, eisenia hortensis, they are not staying in the friendly habitat?  I placed a light over the opening for 3 days,  they continued to crawl out after placing the lid on?  Help!  My red wigglers are just fine!

Added by Carla Allen on March 19, 2012 at 8:26am — 5 Comments

Really Warm March

Usually this time of year the weather is windy and cool or downright cold. Temps in the middle 40's are normal. The last week or so has been in the mid-70's to the low 80's.  I usually plant early greens about now, and peas early in April (I live in zone 4/5 - the map says zone 4 but I live in a largish city)

Instead, since the temps are supposed to stay unusually warm, I planted peas last week along with broccoli, kohlrabi, the greens, and potatoes. We'll see how the weather goes,…


Added by Antonia on March 18, 2012 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

An EZ-build Flow Through For Under $50


After deciding a flow through might be right for me, it was time to think about what the requirements were.  The VB24 was an appealing and solid design, and about the right size for my situation, so I used it as my basis.  A FT that can be quickly disassembled and reassembled was needed, with a move pending in the not-too-distant future.  I wanted a design I could easily build with only…


Added by Z-Mark on March 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Lactating penguins.... or bad science.

With  your  indulgence, I have in the  past tried to  explain to many  newbies that  what we are doing is  not  true  science, but  backyard  experimenting.

Observations vs. Experiments

Before we even dig into what this study found, let’s address an important caveat that the media—and even the researchers, unless they were terribly misquoted—seem to be confused about. What we’ve got here is a garden-variety observational study, not an…


Added by lawrence Taylor on March 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Worm Factory 360

I have been using the DIY Rubbermaid Worm Bins and have found that my worms were not happy, thus ordered the Worm Factory 360.  After much research, air flow, temp, and ph are the most important elements of a successful worm farm.

With my order of the Worm Factory 360, they have given me a FREE pdf file to share with my friends...thus, here it is:




Added by Michelle Craigmiles on March 12, 2012 at 11:41pm — 16 Comments

Question re new worms coming next week.

I had a Gusanito and got the urge to build a FT so I bought the plans for a VermBin24 and it's all together.

I migrated what I had in the Gusanito to the VB24 and I need some more worms. The VB24 seems to hold a lot more plus the worms that I had left in the Gusanito had been diminished by an attack of fire ants.

I ordered a lb of worms from Red Worm Composting and they should be here next week.

Can I just put them in the VB24 cause that's what I am planning to do…


Added by George on March 6, 2012 at 9:47am — 15 Comments

Worm Moon is coming!

 Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the…


Added by Elliot Somers on March 3, 2012 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

5lbs of EH's have arrived

the 5lbs of EH's i ordered from just arrived i opened the box and immediately our little feral cat had to inspect the contents. she thought it was ok.

Added by Rich Feiller on March 1, 2012 at 2:31pm — 9 Comments

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