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May 2008 Blog Posts (11)

Scary moldy = concerned worm herder

I dug out the pamphets and other reading material from my composting workshop to read about the mold. Every single one of them indicated that mold wasn't good. Concerned with the welfare of my worms, I went back out this morning to dig at the melon rinds. My intention was that if the worms weren't touching it, like the pamplets said, I'd remove the rinds and put them under some dirt in my backyard. Well, that reading material wasn't right at all! My worms were all over the rinds and had… Continue

Added by Amy on May 31, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Worms-a-wigglin'

I've had my worms for about 2 weeks now. I acquired them from the Master Composter, Debbie, at a local San Mateo composting workshop. They seem quite happy in their Wriggly Wranch. I recently dumped in a whole bunch of watermelon rinds. Concerned that maybe I put too much in there for them, I lifted the bedding to check stuff out and OMG the mold growing on the rinds was ridiculous! It was quite scary looking but when I dug around the area, the worms were all wiggling around and looked quite… Continue

Added by Amy on May 30, 2008 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

Feeding 'em egg cartons for the first time.

I saw Woo's photo of his worm bin with egg cartons in there so I decided this week I would try adding one more thing to the list of stuff that goes into my worm bin. To try to get my egg carton processed by the earthworms a little faster I decided to tear it up before putting it into the bin. Not sure how long I'll keep tearing up my egg… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on May 27, 2008 at 7:32pm — 4 Comments

Tested out food chopper

Last night I cooked some of our CSA box veggies so I ended up with lots of kitchen scraps: asparagus stalks, chard stems and carrot shavings. All stuff that is pretty robust and would take a long time to soften up and be eaten by my earthworms. I got out the chopper I got last week:



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and gave it a try. It was… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on May 21, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

I have a blog outside Vermicomposter.com dedicated to our experiments.

The link to my other Blog is http://the-eternal-knot.blogspot.com



In the meantime, I will leave some visitors with these resources. It pains me to deal with commercial sites but it is unavoidable. There are only books too, but for people getting started or if you feel like getting someone outside this web area educated...its a good place to start.…



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Added by T. Daniel Herrington on May 21, 2008 at 7:34am — No Comments

Hot Hot Hot

Well it got over a 100 in the shade at my house today.
The soil cooling system kept the soil at 76-78 deg F depending on the location.
I would say that it has been a success.
My worms are starting to hit their stride. I am seeing tons of young EFs and theEHs are getting huge.
As big as any night crawler I Have fished with.

Added by Nathan Scholten on May 19, 2008 at 10:16pm — 3 Comments

New Hobby

I started worm composting this week and have been reading alot where people like to chop up the food before putting it in the worms. I was just burying it whole. I have read where they will eat it faster if it is small pieces. So today I am going to take out the big pieces in there and replace them with new chopped up food and hopefully that will help. I think I am impatient and so excited at the same time.

I am going to use this blog to enter my experience and a log so I can come back to… Continue

Added by Sherry on May 19, 2008 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Does anybody really read this stuff?

Well it is the end of the week finally.

My worms are doing really well with the new cooling system.

The high temp today was 92/3 F and the top layer of the bin was 78 and the lower one was 76.

The worms are just going crazy.

I am really surprised to find that the Europeans get so BIG. There was one in the bin that was almost as big around as my pinkie.



My experiment with passive and gravity fed systems has led me to start a gravity fed drip watering system for… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on May 16, 2008 at 11:07pm — 3 Comments

New little critters in my worm bin.

It wasn't feeding time or anything. Today I decided to just open my worm bin to take a peek at how everything was going in there and wow I guess I hadn't taken done that in a while. There were a lot of young and baby earthworms in there. I could see at several dozen white babies clustered in a couple areas and some medium sized earth worms around. At first I was worried that I had other types of worms in my bin but I picked a couple up to look more closely and they looked like tiny earthworms.… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on May 13, 2008 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

Pictures of my worm farm set up.

Well the small system trials for my soil cooling system have been very successfull so far.\

With just utilizing 1 gallon of water and a frozen bottle of water I have been able to reduce the soil temperature by by up to 10 deg F from the ambient temp. So while the temp in the shade was 90 the soil temp in the bin was 79-80 deg F depending on the tray location.

I hooked it up to the fish pond today. The ambient temp in the water has been around 62-64 deg F.

I will check the soil… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on May 11, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Initial entry

Well up till now I have never really "blogged" anything as I really doubted that anyone would really care about what I had to blog about.

Even though this site is new I do hope that it catches on and attracts a large number of individuals.

This would be an excellent resource for all concerned (amateur, businesss, growers etc).

Up till now I have been keeping a log on paper but perhaps I shall transfer it over to this section.

I have been working on cooling systems for… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on May 9, 2008 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

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