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April 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Good Advice for Beginner

Thanks to Al and Sandy for the helpful advice with my bin.  I am trying the hole in the lid and checked all the areas Sandy mentioned.  I'll let you know how things are going.  

Added by Pam Davis on April 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Maintaing proper moisture content in your worm bin -- Rule number 1

In this next series of “helpful articles” I will try to explain in more detail the four rules for maintaining your worm bin. The first rule is maintaining proper moisture in your worm bin.



Red wigglers do need moisture. They breathe through their skin, and this oxygen exchange can only happen if their skin is moist. However, to keep a worm bin in your home — be it a Worm Factory 360 or a flow through bin — there are rules you will need to follow concerning just how moist the bin can… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on April 24, 2013 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments

jeepers!

no matter how I upload pics, they are on backwards LOL. Go by the letters, a-z, then z1-z16

Added by Jay on April 21, 2013 at 5:48pm — No Comments

FINALLY

got my flow-thru up and running today, a couple weeks later than expected. Am uploading pics now..

Added by Jay on April 21, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Preventing worm bin problems: The four rules for success

I have heard of people running into all sorts of problems with their worm bins: fruit flies, bugs, mites, smells, dead worms, or just unproductive bins. I want to share the four rules of worm bin management to prevent any future problems in your bin or to resolve current issues. Well, maybe there are five rules — first off, your bin has to be an effective style. Something like the Worm Factory 360 or my flow through design. Rubbermaid-tub-type bins really don’t work well for 99% of the people… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on April 21, 2013 at 12:53pm — 19 Comments

I'VE GOT WORMS!

Yesterday, two friends and I visited Kathy Jacobson at Broadwell Hill Learning Center to pick up the worms for my bin.  Kathy was so kind as to show us around her farm, sharing so much useful information.  Everywhere you turned there was something else to look at.  We had a great time and had the added benefit of taking home worms to start my new bin.  Thanks, Kathy... I hope my worms will be as happy and healthy as yours.

Added by Pam Davis on April 21, 2013 at 7:52am — No Comments

DEATH TO FUNGAS GNATS!!!!1

Okay, so yeah, this is not the mushroom growing board, but this situation is so close to my problem with vermicomposting I had to post.

So I've got some oyster spawn spawning in coffee grounds in various containers. One, a plastic shoe box with tiny holes( my former worm box) is spawning nicely, has high humidity and I see no problems. The rest of the oyster mushroom pack that I got I decided to try to go ahead and fruit it, so I soaked it in water, put it on a bed of coffee…

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Added by Metqa on April 19, 2013 at 7:14pm — 5 Comments

Flow Through Bins for Home

I'm still looking for an affordable flow through bin for the home owner. I have tried several of the stacking units and they just don't cut it. We are a family of 4 and they fill up too quickly and get pretty heavy. The smallest flow through unit that I have found so far is the worm wigwam, but it cost about $600 and handles 10lb to 15lb per day of feed and bedding. That's a lot. 

Does anyone have any experience with the Wigwam or know of a smaller unit that may be available?

Added by Michael Johnston on April 18, 2013 at 12:08pm — 5 Comments

New Bin Worms

Thanks John, I just e-mailed Kathy.  I appreciate the help.

Added by Pam Davis on April 16, 2013 at 11:01am — No Comments

New bin information,

My granddaughter and I are setting up a worm bin in two 18 gal. stacked tubs.  Is there someplace near Athens, Ohio where we can purchase our worms, and how many worms should we start with?

Added by Pam Davis on April 15, 2013 at 9:43am — 3 Comments

Earth Boxes

My girlfriend's family is starting a garden and we began researching ways to grow organically. Their main concern with the Earth Boxes is that chemicals will release from the plastic containers and bags and leech into the soil and in turn be absorbed by the plants. Any alternative options for construction materials or other help/ experience others have would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Tyler on April 3, 2013 at 6:05pm — 3 Comments

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