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May 2009 Blog Posts (64)

Blue Barrel Update

Well i can say that moving the worms outside just before a cold snap caused the most worrying i have done since i set up my first bin. When i moved the worms the bins and buckets of worms sitting around outside waiting to be added to the bin got fairly cool. Then i compounded the problem by watering the bin. The compost seemed too dry to me. So when the weatherman predicted a cold night i I worried that the bin wouldn't be able to heat back up like it needed to. So had to use the heater. Ok i… Continue

Added by Eve on May 30, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Bin Status

Things appear to be going well in my bin. It has taken me awhile to "get it" that my worms are actually eating. After it looked like I might have rounded these creatures up just to smother them in a plastic box, I got a little insecure. A good thing too because I don't have any innate skills to read earthworms, their wants and needs. My problem gave me a tiny glimpse into what a farmer must go through when an animal gets sick. I am grateful to have fellow farmers "right next door" to help out.… Continue

Added by Anna Rich on May 29, 2009 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

Our little garden

Here's our garden...we're still workin' on it. We're horrible procrastinators, so I think we're going to pay for getting such a late start, but we've also been out of town for 6 of the last 8 weeks, so getting an early start would have been hard. The garden will still be extended by another 3-4 feet this weekend

In the window bed that you can see, we'll have peas and strawberries...we already have 3 strawberry plants in there, and 4 pea… Continue

Added by Kayla on May 28, 2009 at 7:19pm — 5 Comments

day 27

Hank was playing with his rocks tonight and decided he wanted to give one to the worms. I'm amazed at how different they look from each other. Tonight the ones we got out were very red, and the section that's different was a deeper red rather than a lighter red like it usually is. Could it been what they're eating?

We had an exciting worm race. See pictures tagged day 27.

Added by Paponda on May 28, 2009 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments

worms arrived today

I got my 1lb of worms today from Shady Creek Worm Farm , here in Tennessee.(23.00 + free shipping)

they look happy in their bin

I started a bin with a few handfulls of red wigglers from a local bait shop to see if they would survive the new bin

well they plumped up and got really active, than started reproducing .

so I made a stacked bin system and added those and my fresh pound of worms.I still left some in the original bin as well.

so far… Continue

Added by Andy Hobbs on May 28, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

1st Blog Post

I received a can-o-worms bin from a friend who was moving to CO. He said that he had been a "bad father" cause he had been traveling a lot and had not be taking care of "his children." So when he gave me the 3 level bin, the bottom level was the only one that had dirt in it. I could tell that the worms had been working hard and that there was probably not much or any food left in it for them to eat. I could not find many worms in it and most of the worms did not look to be very active. I added… Continue

Added by David on May 28, 2009 at 7:15am — 1 Comment

Ex-Snia Compost Place

The compost place we were constructing is almost finished! Here you can see some photos of the bin, I donno how to call it as it doesn't have a bottom. You can also see the distance from the main building. But the space between will be full of tents this week. I hope we don't cause any inconvenient situations as we want to wait before adding worms.…


Added by io_vs_jupiter on May 28, 2009 at 1:45am — No Comments

Finished planting the main garden. (Just a quick update for my notes.)

Yesterday I finished planting the main garden. I put in corn, watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe, green beans, wax beans, two types of peas, lettuce, summer squash, and zucchini in addition to the tomato plants that were already there.

(I find these blog posts are useful later when I want to know when I did something.)

Added by Carl on May 27, 2009 at 6:04am — 2 Comments

"Growing veggies ain't soil science" by Gayla Trail from the Globe and Mail

The moment after I wrote my last post about how we want to heal the dirt in the garden of the ex-textile industry with compost, I've read the article of Gayla Trail, the creator of for the website of the Globe and Mail.

It's very interesting for who doesn't only vermicompost for the love of worms, but want also… Continue

Added by io_vs_jupiter on May 27, 2009 at 5:17am — No Comments

Critical Mass in Rome

This weekend between 29 and 31 May, cyclists all over the world will unite to ride their bikes in Rome, Italy. Critical Mass is born in San Francisco in 1992 and since then is repeated in 500 cities all over the world. In Rome, they ride together since 2004 and last year there were over 4000 cyclists. The cyclists who come from other cities or countries will spend the nights in Social Centers, occupied places with cultural events, labs, kitchens with social prices and of course free bicycle… Continue

Added by io_vs_jupiter on May 27, 2009 at 4:56am — No Comments

Attention Neighbors : Worms Wanted

I'm thinking about buying more worms, but the only place I've found in Italy sells at least 5000 worms for 50euro +30 euro for shipping. Does the shipping always cost so much? I've bought my first worms from a bait shop where you buy a punch of worms (I'm not sure how many there were inside the box but let's say 20-25) for 2,5 euro. It's about 15 times more expensive. If any neighbor of mine, can provide me a better price, I'd like to shop from vermicomposters.… Continue

Added by io_vs_jupiter on May 26, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Setting up my new Blue Barrel Reactor

My biggest holdup has been the rods. I decided that since i will be moving the bin in and out of the garage i would need to bolt the rods in place. I should have gotten the pre threaded rod then used the disk sander to take off the sharp threads inside the barrel, would have been a lot faster. I have seen guys tread rod and pipe and they make it look easy. Its not. My brother came over and discovered me making a mess of it and took them… Continue

Added by Eve on May 26, 2009 at 12:09am — 13 Comments

My Worms are Here!

Using a 5 tray Worm Factory.

Bedding: 1/3 coconut, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 finished compost, 2 tlbsp of garden lime, a small handful of garden soil (for the microbes) for each tray.

Starting with two trays. Set up bedding, added about a cup of soybean meal to each tray and mixed in thoroughly with the bedding (to feed the worms).

Hubby brought home 9 "cups" of worms from the local bait shop. These are supposed to be red wrigglers. Dug out a little depression in each corner of both… Continue

Added by Roni on May 25, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

Garden Planted

I finished planting the garden tonight I started last weekend and as you may be able to tell in some of the photos there is some plants already sprouted. I didn't get near enough VC for my first planting. I was only able to sprinkle a light layer into the center bed. My starts was done with a 50/50 mixture of VC and potting soil so they each have a little bit to boost them along. I can't wait until next year when i will have a lot more VC to… Continue

Added by Eve on May 24, 2009 at 7:41pm — 3 Comments

VC Harvest and Container Garden Update

Sifter and VC

Last night I built a sifter like the others seen on this site. It's made from a 32-gallon tote, a 5 gallon bucket, some 1/4 inch screen, and a bunch of plastic ties. I was really impressed with how well such a simple design works. Sifting the VC was very easy and reasonably quick.…


Added by Carl on May 24, 2009 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Set up bin

My 5 tray Worm Factory came in yesterday. Today my son Sam and I built it. The directions were sparse, but I think we got it together correctly. The lady I was going to purchase my worms from doesn't sell them anymore, so now we are stuck trying to find them somewhere else.
Wish me luck in trying to find the right worms locally.

Added by Roni on May 23, 2009 at 9:48am — 2 Comments

Would you like your worm tea sweet or unsweet?

I made my first batch of worm tea following Bentley's instructions on his website. The process went pretty good. I posted some pictures of the finished product below. I used Women's panty hose as the tea bag and this worked amazingly well. I bought the cheap panty hose for .33 and put one hose inside of another. I used a fish pond pump to circulate the water around the tea bag for about 24 hours. I have to say that just leaving… Continue

Added by Micah on May 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

How did I start

Even if I don't have a steady garden, I'm used to check Gayla Trail's webpage yougrowgirl. The first time I ever saw a vermicomposting bin was, when I was checking her tutorials. Since then, some years have passed, I moved to my appartment with my boyfriend, where I'm free to experiment in gardening and recycling ideas.

When I saw… Continue

Added by io_vs_jupiter on May 21, 2009 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

day 19

We returned from the NC Outer Banks late last night. I hadn't checked on the worms in several days and began thawing out the kitchen scrap container this morning. I just opened the worm bin and water poured off the top. It smelled a little and the bedding was very wet. I dug around a bit and the worms seemed happy, but there are still remnants of food so I decided not to feed or re-lid. I added some shredded newspaper.

I'm a little disappointed that they don't eat very much. Maybe… Continue

Added by Paponda on May 20, 2009 at 10:55am — 4 Comments

Planted my garden today. Here's the rundown and pics for anyone interested.

The weather looks like it will be pretty much constant for the next week at least so it seemed like as good a time as any.

The rundown looks like this:

Main Garden Plot:

13 Thyme Plants - I love thyme. I dry it with my dehydrator and I can't get enough, so I've gone nuts with it.

6 Basil Plants - Nothing says summer like fresh basil. 6 is a nice number. Not too much, not too little. I make pesto at the end of the… Continue

Added by Jason on May 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

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