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May 2011 Blog Posts (22)

My Trash Can Flow Through Fell Through. Ykes!!!!!!!

The paper at the bottom of my FT broke at the sides and VC fell into the tray I had to catch the vc.  I tried to put some paper in to stop the falling VC but then all if it came out.  I swept it into my Worm Inn and Worm Factory.  I still had VC left over and put it into a 5 gallen bucket. Covered it with lawn fabric and the bucket lid with holes in it.   

   When I re did the Trash Can FT replaced all but two speaker wires with plastic steaks.  Speaker wire is where the VC broke…

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Added by Paula Allen on May 30, 2011 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Subtle lessons from experience

Six weeks ago I finished re-building my FT. Some things I have learned since then.

1)       Worms like crushed leaves - but not if they are too dry.

2)       Drawers without slider mechanisms will absorb moisture and swell shut and be almost impossible to open

3)       My worms can handle more food than I originally thought

4)       A worm bin can act as a work area for sifting leaves, drying out VC etc...

 

1) I was placing food then dry crushed…

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Added by Gardener Larry on May 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

The misinformation about Africans, Reds and Europeans

About 20 years or more ago, I herd of this new worm, it was refered to as a hybred or as we now know African, suposed to be the greatest thing in worms. I was raising reds and was tempted to get some but was scared and the cost was out of range. I have often wondered about these worms since reading that artical years ago.

well, after many-many years of tring different things to no avail, to get the common red worm bigger and thicker with very little luck. I finaly gave in to the urge.…

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Added by Tim Herron on May 30, 2011 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Worm Suppliers & Sellers (updated)

I am re-starting a thread that was started nearly 3 yrs. ago: Worm suppliers

Unfortunately, it has not been updated for some time. Many of the links are no longer working and the reputation of some worm sellers has changed over the years. This list will be current.



I will add names to the list regularly and try to include mini-"reviews" in the comments area. Most of these will…

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Added by Andrew from California on May 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 26 Comments

GInger root peelings?

Is it alright to add ginger root peelings to your worm bin?  Don't know if it might be similar to orange or lemon peels.  Thank you in advance

 

craig

Added by Craig Yeaple on May 28, 2011 at 9:16am — 1 Comment

Worm Hole

Our garden group, the Root 66 Community Gardeners has a worm bed in the ground, 8'x4'x2'.  It has been in place since October:  26K worms were added to a mix of alpaca manure, saw shavings, shredded newspaper, and a little wood ash.  We covered it with thick wet newspaper, styrofoam sheets, and then large pieces of cardboard.  It got down to -25 degrees this winter in the East Mountains of Albuquerque.  We wet them down about once a month or so, and they got moisture too with adding kitchen…

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Added by Vidya on May 24, 2011 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

Alabama or Georgia Jumpers (Amynthas gracilis previously Pheretima Hawayana)

I spent a little time researching A. gracilis (Jumpers) online and found a couple of people who blogged about using them in container bins. The caveat is both bloggers are worm sellers. I don't think either are intentionally trying to mislead prospective buyers about this species, but it's possible they are not entirely objective in their observations.



I found one account from a hobbyist who had minimal success in raising Jumpers. Unfortunately in this situation, it's possible she…

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Added by Andrew from California on May 23, 2011 at 8:44pm — 17 Comments

Getting worms

I'm ready to start, got my composted set up according to directions. Can I buy worms locally in Elmhurst Illinois, or do I have to buy them online?

Added by Mary Rizzo on May 21, 2011 at 8:36am — 8 Comments

My first bucket garden!

I just wrote and article (with photos) about my first bucket garden!  Let me know what you think of it!!

 

http://intentionallyoutside.blogspot.com/2011/05/garden-update-new-additions.html

Added by Jay on May 17, 2011 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Michigan Weather, NEED HELP!

Ok, So the weather dropped again. Day temp is hovering in the high 50's and night temps are in the high 30's so I placed a 2-3 inch layer of dryer lint over my worms who live in a combo of UCG and paper from my home shredder. The temp has been like this for 4-5 days. They seem to be ok as they are all huddeling together. The paper and UCG is not dry but it is not sponge moist either. I am concerned about adding any moisture at this point due to the low temps.

 

Should I just…

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Added by Stacy Sutter on May 17, 2011 at 5:46am — 5 Comments

Shredding mania

I've been on a shredding kick lately, I feel so smug shredding junk mail and saving the earth ;),  I thought I'd pass along one thing I do.  I prefer cardboard for bedding material, because the worms really dig it (hehehe) and it doesn't clump quite as bad as newspaper (though I add that too for bulk).  I have a low end shredder ($19), so it will shred thin (cereal box) to thin-medium cardboard strips (torn to about 5" or so).

 

I realized we were getting a collection of brown…

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Added by Don Dillon on May 17, 2011 at 5:40am — 2 Comments

Mold?

HI All,

 

So, I shredded some wet newspaper & added my food scraps to a zip loc bag but forgot and didn't take them out to my worm bin. So, now there is some mold in the bag. Can I add it to the worm bin or will it mess it up?

Thanks,

Melissa

 

PS How often do you normally have to spray/water the worm bag? I find all the paper dries up pretty quickly.

 

 

Added by Melissa Moore on May 13, 2011 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

pH meters: quality, performance & maintenance

Rock emailed me this info about pH meters and said I could post it. Worms can tolerate a wide range of pH, so I've personally never bothered to measure pH in my bins. Those of you who garden a lot and/or make AAVCT, however, may need to pay attention to pH.

=============> forwarded directly from Rock:

a lot of people ask me about ph meters…do they work, are they expensive, are the worth the money…a lot of people say my meter is stuck on…

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Added by Andrew from California on May 13, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments

Worms need home....

I live in New York.  My town is affectionately called 'tiny town'.  I'd have to say that there are more worms in my tubs than there are people in my little town.  But I am moving to the New York/Brooklyn area.  If someone has a basement where I can keep my little guys, I will let you have many.  I'm happy to take care of them as they are super low maintenance.  It will ideally be temporary but who knows with housing space in the city.  I move in September but if you have any ideas - let me…

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Added by Ty Mendoza on May 11, 2011 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Worms need home....

I live in New York.  My town is affectionately called 'tiny town'.  I'd have to say that there are more worms in my tubs than there are people in my little town.  But I am moving to the New York/Brooklyn area.  If someone has a basement where I can keep my little guys, I will let you have many.  I'm happy to take care of them as they are super low maintenance.  It will ideally be temporary but who knows with housing space in the city.  I move in September but if you have any ideas - let me…

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Added by Ty Mendoza on May 11, 2011 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Double Tumbler Worm Harvester

 

This harvester has two different size screens; 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch. These will separate the material into three piles. The1/4 inch screen will separate out the worms and anything else that is bigger than 1/4 inch. The cocoons (worm “eggs”) and castings will fall through the first screen onto the second screen which is 1/8 inch. This screen will keep all the cocoons and…

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Added by Root Naturally on May 10, 2011 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Coffee Grounds?

I am wondering about the use of coffee grounds in the worm beds. I have been reading a lot about this and have been seeing different results. It seems that many people are getting grounds from coffee shops and it goes really well or just as poorly for their bins. I am very new to this as I have just had my bin going for about four weeks. The main habitat for my worms is coffee grounds that have been saved in a small icecream bucket under the kitchen sink every day. After about two weeks the… Continue

Added by Stacy Sutter on May 8, 2011 at 5:32am — 11 Comments

5th Harvest

Last Tuesday, was the 5th Harvest of Worm Castings since beginning my vermicomposting venture. The worms have been doing thier job and I knew it was time again because I needed another tray to continue with thier weekly feedings.

 

For the longest time I was very leary of adding too much food for fear that it might go anerobic again. But recently, as if I didnt remember the perils of last November, I have been feeding massive amounts of rubish and even more massive amounts of…

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Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on May 6, 2011 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

Getting Started

-drilled vent holes not enough, must add (2) 3 inch vents : get caps to switch out for winter.

-have babies :)

-check on the larva in container?

-find out what others do in winter, how to keep from freezing solid?

-does smell, too much food

-?prerot bucket, how long?

-why are they staying mostly in the coffee grounds and shredded paper?

-it's too wet, added more shredded paper mixed with entire container, much better :) happy worms

Added by Stacy Sutter on May 6, 2011 at 9:05am — 7 Comments

Off-topic: Computer malware & phishing scams

I wanted to list some very basic tips to help people avoid computer malware (viruses, spyware, etc.). The crooks are very creative and constantly find new ways to trick unaware people. I'll start with one example and others will hopefully add more.

 

bogus antivirus program

1) It runs a fake virus scan animation and announces that your computer is infected.

2) It runs a real installation program and asks for your administrator password.

3)…

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Added by Andrew from California on May 4, 2011 at 11:41am — 10 Comments

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