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May 2012 Blog Posts (14)

EVERY RULE HAS IT'S EXCEPTIONS

it is difficult to state information as being constants. everyone has heard that plastic totes without holes get soggy wet on the bottom, become anerobic and the worms either head for better pastures or die from the anerobic conditions.

below are some photos i took today of a bin; mostly PE's, but probably 20% EF's. i have been trying to systematically redo my bins, setting up production containers, mostly 5-gal buckets. i should reach my goal of a million worms in 4 months. i had not…

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Added by Rich Feiller on May 29, 2012 at 8:51pm — 14 Comments

The Worm Guys are trying to develop the Horizontal Flow Through system.

The Worm Guys was Started By Adam Hall and Mark Shaw in 2010 based in Johannesburg South Africa,using Large flow through worm bins to grow Vermicompost. We started off with 3 Kg of worms and have grown them to around 50+ kg and still growing, unfortunately the Flow through bins are quite expensive to build and have turned our attention to try and develop a Horizontal Flow method we first heard about on the Internet in Russia but have never been able to find more detailed method of adding the…

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Added by Mark Shaw on May 29, 2012 at 4:22am — 6 Comments

Efficiency!

I was warned by someone on here about using such a large RM-style tote for my wormery. I have since gotten good at keeping the moisture at a proper range for my E. fetidas. The only "bad" thing, is that the population is now huge. If the "population doubles every 2 months" is accurate, and I dare say it seems to, then I will likely have 16K worms by next month. 

The only reason that its "bad" is that me and my roommate don't produce enough scraps to really keep them busy all…

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Added by Elliot Somers on May 28, 2012 at 10:19am — 4 Comments

how many days...?

Hello!
I have one pile of manure with some ef and ea inside.
I am wondering when i add an another thick layer (4-5 cm) of manure outside of the pile (on the top) how many days need that to be vermicompost.

Note. After 2 days when i looked it it texture was like a sponge. Worms had eat it but it wasnt wormcastings 100%.

Thanks!

Added by stefanos on May 28, 2012 at 1:14am — No Comments

another try

Trying what we talked abut last year. I buried a wardrobe behind my garage it stays shady back there  it's now filled with peat and shreaded news paper and at ground level. I ordered more worms, the should arrive shortly.

Added by ron tweedie on May 22, 2012 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Trying out bovine bagged manure

Just for fun I put some bovine composted bagged manure in the three worm bins today. Using the blog function here to help me to keep track of date added.

Canadian Tire just opened up their garden section outdoors so this was the first opportunity to buy some stuff for the garden and a few extra bags for the worms. Will be interesting to see how it goes. A small pile was added in one corner of each bin, two red wigglers and one Euro. I am curious to see how fast they move to it, or…

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Added by Kara Patterson on May 16, 2012 at 3:45pm — No Comments

looking through the bin

it has been one month since i started my worm farm.  I started with 1lb of "he who shall not be named" worms and have since added 1lb of bed run from local, 1/4 lb from local green house, probably a couple hundred from other sources.  I was interested in seeing if the worms were doing ok so i finally dug down to the bottom.

As i dug down to the bottom I found I had several layers of worms.  All appear to be very healthy and ran from the open sunlight as soon as i exposed…

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Added by Chris and Gabe Dover on May 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

New Batch

I've secured some more worms.  Found them local via Craigslist which was nice.  I think I'm done spending money on this adventure.

I'm ready to just enjoy my tomatoes and lettuce when they come in!

Added by Janis Clone on May 14, 2012 at 4:18am — 1 Comment

So Far So Good.

My worms seem to be happy.  They are eating some leftover oatmeal today!

I do think I may have to get some more worms to eat as much leftovers as I produce. . This is to much fun.

Added by Janis Clone on May 9, 2012 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

3 weeks down

Ok so since most are still alive I will admit, I BOUGHT FROM  UJWF.  while they are still living I feel lucky.  I have also supplemented my original pound, if you could call it that, with some local bed run from nearby here in Denver. 

I am working with a deluxe RM bin, just one tray atm with a drip pan.  I started with a lot of cardboard, food (veg scraps, coffee w/ filter, fruit scraps) and more bedding (shredded bills).  On top of that I added some power rakings from front yard (…

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Added by Chris and Gabe Dover on May 6, 2012 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

06 may 2012

I travel, ALOT. My new worms (5k?) are split in two spots, one at home in SC on the porch in a old horse manure (hm), news paper, veggie scrap mix in an over sized black tote. I was able to stablize them for a week before I left and hope they will be well when I return home in two more weeks, that will have them unattended for 3 weeks.



The second container I have with me is a little different in that I forgot to bring enough hm with me to start them off well, so I have been… Continue

Added by Capt Heppe on May 6, 2012 at 10:19am — 3 Comments

Howdy

I got into worms about a year ago (Worm Factory 360 and 1 lb reds) and ended up with a stinking mess that ultimately found a home in my raised bed gardens. The worms have done nicely there.

Getting fired up again and determined to do better this time around. Gonna try some Euro's this time as well.

I am currently constructing my own rendition of Thomas Barrett's Earthmaster Earthworm Culture Bed. After going through the nice list of flow through examples here yesterday I ripped…

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Added by Glen Young on May 3, 2012 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

New Direction

I've decided to discard my ideas of adding worms directly into my garden beds and do as Andrew suggested -

I've got 2 10 gallon totes that I've filled with moist peat moss and other debris  - I'll put my worms in that environment which will be controlled - I really think this is the most efficient way to create the great compost for my garden.   

Added by Janis Clone on May 2, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Thanks!

Thank for your the information and ideas -  I'm not very capable of building anything so I'm worry about spending money and doing everything totally wrong.

Do you think in the end it is simply best to just get a Worm Factory type composter - Compost my food scraps in a controlled  environment and simply add the compost to my garden beds? 

I am afraid after reading and researching that my garden beds would just turn into a death zone for the worms due to lack of proper…

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Added by Janis Clone on May 1, 2012 at 6:23am — 1 Comment

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