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April 2009 Blog Posts (37)

Coffee Grounds as Mulch??

Hi,I have posted this on another organical gardening site but you guys are so knowledgable I thought I'll ask here as well.I have access to a lot of used grounds from my clients,too much for my worms and I feel silly to just dump it into my regular compost heap,is there any harm in using it as mulch around the garden?(Besides smelling like a coffeeshop)Surely there is bound to be something positive about it?

Added by Lizette Janse van Vuuren on April 29, 2009 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

Beginners Update

We began this journey in February but with the majority of our worms (E.h.) coming in March so in truth we're about six weeks into this venture.

We do have one bed of E.f. but this bed is a mess. It is contained in a refrigerator produce drawer with holes drilled throughout (careful; it will crack the plastic) and a wire mesh liner to provide drainage without losing worms. But the material, as I have mentioned before, was made from too finely shredded paper and is VERY clumpy and… Continue

Added by bwelkin on April 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fruit Flies Dangit

Well, after the mess with the fungus gnats, I thought I was doing well. My worms seemed to be happy too. I fed them on one side and when that was gone I fed them on another side.

well, just checked the bin and I have and explosion of FRUIT FLIES this time. I dont' understand. I put mesh all over the holes and screen on the bottom ( which is helpfully keeping the worms from squeezing through the drip holes) But the flies are in there and have laid eggs everywhere. the layer of… Continue

Added by Metqa on April 26, 2009 at 8:14pm — 7 Comments

My own military defense system?????????

The mites in my bin are attacking this fly. It looks like it might be a soldier fly that came out of the cocoon and found it's way to the surface of my bin. Here is what i'm curious about: "if the mites attack the bug, will they also attack and kill my red wiggler worms?"…


Added by Micah on April 25, 2009 at 3:36pm — 5 Comments

2 Worm Experiment Update

Well I got the worms' new home today, a 3-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck (so adorable) and I just finished washing and drilling holes in it, and of course adding moistened leaves and the worms. I also inspected the worms (still alive and appear healthy) and their bedding, revealing at least 4 cocoons! One looked to be very fresh so I think it's safe to say the worms are multiplying. It's a good guess to say that one or both of them had mated before being separated, and so the babies aren't a… Continue

Added by Jason on April 24, 2009 at 7:39pm — 7 Comments

bison manure as worm food/bedding

where i live there are lots of bison and they produce lots of sh*t and my moms boyfriend has a house on a bufflo ranch and i went up there and gatherd a hole plastic tub full of bufflo sh*t and could have filled up a few more tube full but i didn't have any more tubs you dont here of many people feeding there worms buffalo sh*t because not much people live where there are buffalo are but im pretty sure that its okay because it's very simalar to cow and and horse manure and the worms love it so… Continue

Added by ellyo on April 24, 2009 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Does anyone know anything about the Nature Mill Composter?

Someone told me about a TV ad for a composter that makes compost in 2 weeks. It's electric, doesn't use worms, and is meant to sit in your kitchen. The website says you can add meat, fish, and dairy (!!!), and it claims that there's no smell. The idea is to get some microbial action working on the food waste. I'm certain that microbes can break down food but is the resulting compost as nutrient-filled as worm compost? Seems like it couldn't be. The… Continue

Added by Pamela Jones on April 21, 2009 at 2:04pm — 7 Comments

More Worms!

Yesterday I drove out to Bennet, CO and picked up another pound of worms from Sandi. After my previous experience with shipped worms have at least a 5% die off rate, I decided it would be better to get more worms from a local source. Also having worms from 2 different sources should increase my genetic diversity... assuming that actually matters in a worm bin (it might not.)

When I got the worms home they all looked pretty healthy and active, not a single one was dead. ( :

I just… Continue

Added by Celeste on April 21, 2009 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

What's New?

Lets my scrap pail under the sink and put some scraps in. I put some shredded newspaper on the bottom to soak up any juices.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I saw some sort of fat larvae in my bin. Well they started to hatch out as flies and started showing up in my windows. I picked up a fly swatter and took care of the problem..took a few days to get them all. All gone for now!

Added by Tiffany on April 21, 2009 at 8:08am — No Comments


Saw my first little cocoons today, and a baby squiggling around in there too.
A couple of wormys are getting way big too.
They're still not going through the food very fast, but I realize now that 500 was clearly way too few to start with, especially given how eager I am for some nice rich worm castings for my plants.
I'm buying another pound of playmates for them today.

Added by Celeste on April 20, 2009 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Worm Factory Update

I have been busy with work and have not updated for 2+ weeks. I'm still enjoying the worm bin that I bought back in January. I added the second tray about 1 month ago. There are still a lot of worms in the processing tray and not as many in the working tray. Has anyone else noticed a delay with the worms moving up into the new bin? I think not even half of my worms are in the new working tray. I quit adding food to the first tray as soon as I added the second tray. The only thing left in the… Continue

Added by Micah on April 19, 2009 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

Finally started!!!

After weeks of research, I have finally took the plunge into vermicomposting. Today I prepared a worm bin and ordered worms from The bins were 18 gal. Rubbermaids from Walmart on sale for $4 a piece. I used torn cardboard, newspaper, egg carton, and a trowel full of peat moss, garden soil, and compost for bedding. I threw in two layers of chopped celery with some banana peels, egg shells and coffee. I am letting this sit for five or six days until the worms arrive.

Right now… Continue

Added by Bryan Barnes on April 17, 2009 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

1 month

So my worms seem to be chugging along okay. A lot of them seem to be congregated around the food. They seem to like the coffee grounds, orange peel, and finally be going for the broccoli stalk that's been in there about a month now. No problems with food stinkage, they seem to be making progress but not really ready for another feeding yet.

I'm feeling frustrated by the slowness and still have to put most of our waste in the regular compost bin.

I definitely think I will buy some more… Continue

Added by Celeste on April 15, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

My worm race log

Day#1-April 14/09-Well since me and jason are having a little mini race thing id thought id start my log now well its still fresh in my brain:D Anyway back to worm buisness you guys have no clue what my worm farm looks like so here is a describtion of it:Its sorta like colony#1 but less leaves and no kitchen food and more bedding[and no dirt this time around]Wormy seems to be really fast moving compared to yesterday.No pics today as the first day in a new home can be stressing i put them under… Continue

Added by cody on April 14, 2009 at 7:58pm — 8 Comments

Its dry!

Its so dry here in Florida that I have to run a hose to the worm bin every week or so to make sure there is enough moisture. We desperately need rain and no matter how good a fertilizer the castings are - the plants are sloooooow growing without a consistent moisture level. We should all do a rain dance!

Added by Tiffany Sizemore on April 14, 2009 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

Worm Update

Went out of town for the weekend and my worms were just fine. My compost pail arrived too.

I checked on the worms this afternoon. Lookin good. The melon is completely gone. The banana is disappearing, it's in pieces now. I added more food that I kept in the fridge: bit of onion a orange peel, sweet potato and some asparagus. I will be putting more melon in at some point. I'm thinking that the food in the fridge doesn't have a good start breaking down. Perhaps the scraps I'll put in… Continue

Added by Tiffany on April 13, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Stacked Tire Worm Farms - Absolute Cheapest

Stacked tire worm farms are amongst the oldest systems of DIY vermiculture. They have been used on farms and smallholdings for turning manure into compost for decades. In the UK, they just set up the stacks, shovel in the well rotted farmyard muck and wait for the worms to arrive on their own. Don’t use fresh manure though - the activity of the microbes in the fresh manure will set up a fast exothermic reaction, which kill off your worms from the excessive heat.

You can also use… Continue

Added by Steve Coe on April 13, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Paper cone

I don't know why I didn't think of this before....

Added by Kelly DuLong on April 13, 2009 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Earthworm Log

Day#1[april11/09]Well today is the very first

day of my earthworm log.I hope you all will

injoy this log as i will update it often.Anyway

back to the log.I have two worms one in

each container.The first worm farm is a

old gum container with moist dirt and a

small piece of moist cardboard for food.

The second worm farm is a baby food jar

with a little bit of moisture and a small

piece of moist cardboard just like farm#1

has.The worm are very… Continue

Added by cody on April 12, 2009 at 10:28am — 10 Comments

Harvest Part 3

I finished separating the plastic from the last of the compost today and ran the remaining 5 gallons through the separator again. Half of the compost sifted out into the good fine stuff. I was able to add another 2 1/2 gallons of sifted compost to the storage bin.

I picked out the easiest to get worms while picking out the plastic. There was 1 1/2 cups of worms. Most of them were tiny under an inch long. I found lots under a quarter… Continue

Added by Eve on April 10, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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