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May 2010 Blog Posts (31)

The Worms Of IslandWood

I am going to visit my sister who works at Islandwood, on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. (I live near Chicago).

IslandWood is an Eco…

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Added by Antonia on May 31, 2010 at 10:34pm — 4 Comments

3rd feeding today, and still OK

Hi All:

I just wanted to keep everyone updated on my progress. Tomorrow (Tue, 6/1/10) my bin will be up-and-running for 3 weeks. Today I did my 3rd feeding (this time was 4.25 lbs - frozen and thawed). I'm planning to keep my feedings to about once per week. I also add a little sprinkling of rock dust to the area that I'm feeding, and more shredded newspaper on top each time.

I was pleasantly surprised to see no gnats when I opened the bin today - I have seen 2…

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Added by ReikiMaster60657 on May 31, 2010 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

Starting to look like an ecosystem

My worm bin is starting to look really alive. I think adding the worms given to me by Antonia was the tipping point. They can find each other (I've caught a pair mating every night this week!), and I have found babies and my first cocoon. (Not the first one ever laid in there, obviously, just the first one I managed to find.)

Also, I'm starting to find other critters--white mites, brown mites, fruit flies.

I sprinkled some diatomaceous earth on the surface to…

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Added by Terri Hamilton on May 27, 2010 at 7:56pm — 4 Comments

My bins, status and future plans. A journal of a sort.

I'm going to start keeping a log of my worm composing endeavors.



Although I've had a worm bin going for 3 months now, I haven't been keeping a log of what I've been doing to it, or what it's been doing on its own.



In this post I want to describe my bin setup. I will try to recall past feedings. And I also want to outline some future goals so I can set milestones.





I started out with 1 Rubbermaid bin with a lid. I poked holes in the bottom of this bin, and holes… Continue

Added by jk on May 27, 2010 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

As the Worm Turns

I got a call while I was at the grocery store. My daughter had heard the bin fall down the back porch stairs. Dear hubby shoveled the mass into a plastic tarp, covered it,… Continue

Added by Antonia on May 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Up and Running

Hi Everybody:

First of all - Thank You SO MUCH for sharing all of your experiences, triumphs, and tragedies! I've been reading posts on 4 VC Forums, including this one, for the past month or so. I wanted to know about all the ins-and-outs and tips-and-tricks before I started my bin.

A friend of mine told me about a month ago that she has been thinking about starting an indoor bin for a number of months, so I have to give credit to her for putting the bug in my…

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Added by ReikiMaster60657 on May 23, 2010 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

composting dog poo with BSF

will report on progress of using BSF to compost dog poo here

the plan is to take grubs out of the main BSF unit and put them in a separate pile where the dog poo is

our dogs are fed a raw diet so the poo is already very small, and mostly odorless

it will be interesting to see how the BSF do on it though

Added by BA on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Thanks Antonia!!

It was great to meet Antonia today. She gave me some EF worms from her bin, and I gave her some straw. I put the new worms to work right away. I should have as good a genetic diversity in there now as one could hope for in a 5-gallon bin.

They have been settling in for half a day, so I checked on the bin just now. Looks good. It's much easier to find a worm now! LOL

I found some even smaller babies... and FINALLY I found a cocoon!! More than likely it came over…

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Added by Terri Hamilton on May 22, 2010 at 8:13pm — 2 Comments

A worm nursery?

I'm thinking of implementing a strategy that I read about a few months ago that uses a series of containers to multiply worm population. If I remember correctly the strategy is to put 2 or 3 lbs of worms in a container and then after a couple of weeks move them to the next one in a rotation. With 3 or 4 containers it seems like you could always have a consistent supply of juveniles to work with. I don't know for sure that it works, but it sounds like it will.

I was walking…

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Added by bpearcy10 on May 22, 2010 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

Foods with sugar

My local worm guru who also happens to have a Master's Degree in soil science (and 20 years experience), tells me that foods like strawberries and apples (with high sugar content) will really spice the love life for your worms. I'll admit that I was skeptical of her theory, but I've seen it in action and it does seem to work.

Since January she has used a steady diet of strawberries to kick start the 1 lb of worms I gave her into a significant population explosion. When they…

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Added by bpearcy10 on May 22, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

moogres

Drilled a series of holes in the top of small euro bin and put steel wool in ,I hope it keeps the moogies out and they get enough air

Added by ron tweedie on May 22, 2010 at 12:10pm — 4 Comments

no yunguns

I think I worry too much about my Euros.(I guess 'cause i've got $ invested) I was pre rotting everything, If something looked too ripe I fed it to the reds (they're thriving) I think the Euro population is diminishing. worm supuku and some die off .(seems I find dead worms not many, but they're all about the same size 1 1/2 -2 in. guess it's normal.) any way from now on they get table scraps and coffee grounds ,at least the one bin.I've only found one cocoon The hot weather is around the… Continue

Added by ron tweedie on May 22, 2010 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Burlap

I lined my bucket with a double layer of burlap thinking it would keep the worms from falling through the holes in the bottom.

Well, they're not falling through... but they LOVE to slither through the burlap... and it looks like their favorite place to hang out is BETWEEN the burlap and the wall of the bucket! LOL!





[later] On tonight's inspection, I realized I was a bit off. They weren't behind… Continue

Added by Terri Hamilton on May 19, 2010 at 7:30pm — 15 Comments

I remember the The Great Frost of 2010...

Last week, we got two nights of hard frost here, with cold days. I was kept busy covering my garden. By the time the cold hit, my yard looked like a gypsy encampment, with everything covered with tarps, sheets, plastic, and whatnot, trying to save my garden.


My worm bin is on the back porch, and I didn't worry much about it. I have a 45 gallon bin FT that tends to…
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Added by Antonia on May 18, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

new flow through bin

so my dad brought home 4 or 5 bins about 2 feet across and 1 foot wide, and about 5 or 6 inches deep. i moved my worms into one bin, and just waiting for them to settle in. having a problem with the heat, but if my parents stop moving it, i'll be fine! :) i am planning on drilling lots of holes into a second bin, and setting it up like another bin, then going to put it on top of the other one, so they could move up. i'll probably be taking some pictures soon, and i'll add them to this post.

Added by Nic on May 18, 2010 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

new home

added more water to worm bin, this seemed to unsettle things . 10 of em jumped ship. Took 20 and put them in new bin that's been inoculated and waiting and they seemed to settle down quickly It's been a couple of weeks since I put them in there, my curiosity got the better of me and I had a look. found the had grown a lot. (this bin is really big for 20 worms ,so I guess they're munching and exploring) I plan to leave them alone.

Added by ron tweedie on May 18, 2010 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Eggs in Tea experiment

I trying something out today. I pick about 50 for so eggs out of my bin and mixed them in with the castings that I'm using to make worm tea. I'm going to save the filtered muck (and eggs) from the batch of tea and set them aside in their own box and see if the eggs hatch.


I've read a few times that eggs/worms will survive just fine in oxygenated water. My thought is that the be vermicompost for tea will be the fresh stuff right out of the box. So if I can use that without…
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Added by Don Dillon on May 17, 2010 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

Bananas or melon?

What do you find. Do worms like the banana peels better than melon rinds? I'm just wondering what would be a good year round bait for trapping worms and hatchlings in sifted castings? I'm starting to get a lot of finished compost from my outdoor (horse manure fed) bin, and I'm gonna sift some castings from it in a couple of weeks, but it is incredibly loaded with caccoons. I would hate to loose them all.

Added by Don Dillon on May 17, 2010 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

Earth Box update - Part 3

Well i have a lot of the smaller buckets planted now and sitting out. And am starting on the larger 4 and 5 gallon buckets today. Everything is looking good.



Or at least it was looking good up until this weekend. I had a bit of mild disaster, it could have been a lot worse than it turned out to be. I was finally able to get all the plants back out of the living room. And growing again outside.



The disaster happened the last week. On the evening after i put the plants back… Continue

Added by Eve on May 17, 2010 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Tiger worms & Burrowing worms

Hello everyone, yesterday someone told me I should be using (TIGER WORMS) how will I know if I have red wigglers (Tigers)? Also today I was reading a blog and someone asked if they had (BURROWING worms). All my worms are at the bottom of my bin so how do you know any of this?
Sorry if I ask so many questions, I just want to be doing this right. Thanks for all your help
Diana

Added by Diana on May 16, 2010 at 2:53pm — 7 Comments

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