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April 2010 Blog Posts (17)

NIGHTCRAWLERS

Helo
Does anyone raise nightcrawlers year around? If so lets communicate.

Thanks
Doug from Michigan

Added by DOUGLAS HARSHMAN on April 26, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Earth Box update

Today i found a display of planted earth boxes at the farm store. I was very surprised at how small they are. And how many plants they had crowded into one box. They told me that that was how tightly you can plant in them. I now believe that i can get a lot more plant into one than i had believed. The commercial earth boxes are only 2 1/2 feet long a foot wide and about 9 inched deep and only 6 inches of that is where the potting soil is. In one pot there were 4 leaf lettuce, 2 kohlrabi, 2… Continue

Added by Eve on April 24, 2010 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Earth Day was Yesterday. Happy Anniversary Carol!



Well everything is going swell! My worms seem to have multiplied. I might consider making another bin. That makes me happy that they are happy. I must be doing something right!!!



I've started freezing my scraps, as I have a thriving fruit fly population in my kitchen and they don't yet know about the worm bin in the bathroom and I'd like to keep it that way, KWIM? :)



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Added by Metqa on April 23, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

Feeding worms

When you use pumpkin, squash, melons, etc in your bins for food, you might want to be sure to remove the seeds first...unless you are planning to plant a BIG garden! This is our Euro (night crawler) bin. We threw a pumpkin in, seeds and all. Looks like we'll have a fairly large crop of pumpkins this year (lol). Joanne pulled a few of the shoots out and planted them in vermicompost. I must say, they are doing quite well!…



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Added by Richard Hossman on April 23, 2010 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

dwindling population

well, i tried the 'onion bag' method for a few weeks, and even tried starving them a little bit...it didn't work. i went back to feeding them regularly again. i experimented with some no-no foods like chicken and refried beans.



moisture level is good, no suicides in a while...little piles of mating worms here and there, but nowhere near the amount of worms i used to have. did i starve them too long? is it time to harvest again? did they hate the animal meat?



no fruit flies at… Continue

Added by rickie on April 21, 2010 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

New project comming soon

Hello all its Zenon and its been a while since either myself or my wife Jen have done something on here so I guess an update on the bin is in order. As you all know, we have had our worms in the second bin now for a few months now and we will be doing our first casting harvest next month. The worms have grown in population and my wife has discovered that they love strawberries. She put in a whole bunch of strawberries that were starting to turn. 4 days later there was not a berry to be found.… Continue

Added by Zenon/Jennifer Herrera on April 21, 2010 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Explosion!

No my bin didn't exlpode like others.My bin exploded with baby worms!I started with 12 and now have 40+!I'm so happy for them.They are doing way better then my other inverts.I just wish my dermestids were this productive.I've even started my own vermicomposting blog here:

http://thevermicompostingblog.blogspot.com/

Added by cody on April 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 25 Comments

Worm Therapy?

I have been feeling very stressed. It has been a very long week at work and I didn't have much hope of a good weekend because of the stress headache and a funky mood. The DH took the kids to visit family and I decided to spend some time with the worms doing some much needed maintenance that I haven't had time to do.

2 hours later, as I finished up, I realized that the headache was gone and my mood was MUCH better! I knew worms worked wonders for Mother Earth, who knew they…

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Added by Michele on April 16, 2010 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

A delicate balance

Last week sometime a pice of plastic not unlike a supermarket shopping bag landed on top of my worm bin. My husband didn't stop to remove it, thinking it was no big deal. I noticed on returning from work, when I usually check on the worms. Though it didn't even cover the… Continue

Added by Anna Rich on April 16, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

April Update. All's Well

So things seem to be going well. No infestations yet. Worms are eating up stuff. I put a sheet up so I can write down when and where I put food. I'll put April 6, 4th quad, April 10, 1st quad, etc. And since I won't put food in a quadrant until it is completely gone, It will be a chart of how quickly the worms are processing it. I'm not measuring the food, but I'm not putting more than a handful.



My bin is only the size of a plastic shoe box so there is not much room for a lot of… Continue

Added by Metqa on April 10, 2010 at 8:17am — No Comments

my little garden

i just wanted a little go-through of what I have in my garden-that-is-not-a-garden

on the side of the house, i have 3 tomato transplants, peas, and a potato that i accidentaly 'weeded' the sprout part, so if/ when it comes up, it'll be a mystery. i dont even know how the potato got there in the first place!!…

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Added by Nic on April 9, 2010 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

Happy Easter 2010

So far so good.



I decided to not do the same thing as last time, cause an idiot does the same thing and expects different results. So I'm not gonna use or make a container with large holes again. Lesson learned!



I noticed the worm container, which looks like a cottage cheese cup, the lid was pierced with holes that looked like pin holes. I gathered that nothing but air and gas could get through those holes and decided to do my bin the same way.



I ended up getting… Continue

Added by Metqa on April 5, 2010 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Isopod Website:My Isopod Blog

April 4th/2010-New Hobby!Isopods!

http://isopods.weebly.com/index.html


Okay now with my new soon to be hobby i have made a new site for isopods.These things are amazing little critters and i wish people knew how useful they are as clean up crews.What i mean by this is that they can be in T enclosures and they eat the food remains.The same is true with ants.They don't hurt the ants or Ts and some may…

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Added by cody on April 5, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Getting Back Into Worming

Okay so i sorta lost my love for worms but guess what?I'm back in bussness and i have a small worm bin setup.I like to think of worms like insects.I work my way up in a small bin and then when i think they are ready i move them on up into a newer bin.So far i have two worms but i would've had more if i hadn't given up last year.I got real busy with wasps,ants and other critters.Now i have a new set of questions:

Can isopods do the same thing as worms?I'm just woundering as i have an…

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Added by cody on April 5, 2010 at 9:50am — 3 Comments

1 Year anniversary

Wow I can not believe that it has been one year. I started out with just a pound of red wrigglers and a foot locker. I started with worms to try to control the ever growing horse manure pile. I now have 3 18 gal. totes 2 with red wigglers and one with European Night crawlers Plus a winrow of manure 15 feet long that has I would guess over 100 lbs of worms in it.

While I have had a lot of success.I have made my share of mistakes.My biggest was most likely moving the worms into with too few… Continue

Added by Richard Hossman on April 3, 2010 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

Wife's new website

Well, this doesn't really belong on this site, but I figure this is my page to do with as I wish so I hope you'll forgive me...

My wife has created a blog about the state of the USA. If you are interested feel free to drop by.

Added by Carl on April 2, 2010 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Sunchips and The Magnificent Compostable Chip Bag

So, http://www.sunchips.com/index.shtml


I will be posting pictures on how well it turns into compost. >=D

now....POST COMMENTS!!!!!

Added by Chalen Godwin on April 1, 2010 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

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