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June 2008 Blog Posts (11)

End of June 2008

Well the month of June is coming to an end here in hot AZ.

So far I have been able to keep my worm bin at 80F +/- 1-2 deg.

I added food to the upper working tray today and turned over the compost in both trays.

The lower tray was a uniform dark black moist color just like it should be. There were still a significant number of worms in the lower tray so it can't be too toxic to them yet or else according to what I have read they would migrate out of the bin into the upper… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on June 28, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

More Craigslist finds = Expansion!!!

Friday was a big day for me. I noticed a listing for free compost that included WORMS!!! And I also had a person contact me about letting me have some wire fencing material to make a mesh compost container. I made appointments to pick up later that day and made sure I remembered to grab my extra Wriggly Wranch from my office. So Friday after work, I drove by Mt. View to grab the fencing and then to Redwood City to pick up the Rubbermaid compost container filled with twigs and leaves and… Continue

Added by Amy on June 23, 2008 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

Recycling Food Scraps

I found this article in my Time magazine about some cities around the nation that collect your food scraps as part of their recycling program in order to reduce the methane gases that are created when the food breaks down anaerobically in landfills. Very interesting (and helpful for restaurants with food waste) but no mention of vermicomposting! I wrote a letter to the editor about how people should hang on to their scraps and compost it themselves with worms (letters@time.com) to see if they'd… Continue

Added by Deanna on June 21, 2008 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Pulverized Corrugated(Cardboard)

I have read that "the burrow" has some crazy, and un-repeatable ideas, To elaborate, he explains a way to make your worms "shrink" and claims you can keep 100 pounds of worms in a small environment, but that is not the point of this post.



The information I found about bedding was very thorough, and the source of this post.

http://www.jetcompost.com/burrow/1bedding.htm

Anyhow, the point I am making, though I am not sure how many people have access to this material, but I… Continue

Added by Ronaldo on June 21, 2008 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Worm Tea Hot...

I was watching an episode of Star Trek NG last night and Picard asked the computer for "tea earl grey..hot..." and that got me thinking about worm tea.

With the onset of the very hot weather here 110+ in my neighborhood I have been top watering my worms for extra moisture (the soil temp still is at 80F prior to watering).

It percolates fairly quickly thru the vermipost and out the spigot. The worm tea itself by the end of the day is pretty warm. I have been diluting it with water… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on June 19, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Trying to turn my worms into miniature Popeyes

My husband and I managed to let a whole bag of spinach go rotten in the fridge. Bad for us but great for the worms. So last Saturday, I buried all the spinach into the bedding. Whenever I cook spinach, it always gets soft and floppy in no time, turning a large pot of raw spinach into a manageable, edible amount. Well, as of yesterday, that darn spinach hasn't gone away! I was sure that the moist environment would help break it down! The worms are swarming all around the green stuff but it's… Continue

Added by Amy on June 18, 2008 at 11:41pm — 1 Comment

Some thoughts on worm systems

I just got through leaving a reply on Steven's quetion about which worm books that I have read.

That got me jazzed up to look for the earthworm biology book that was supposedly out of print.

I googled it and low and behold there were two editions out there one on ebay and the other on amazon.

I purchased the newer 1994 edition from amazon at around 440 pages.

That got me to thinking about one of the main reasons that I like vericulture so much is that there is a huge amount… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on June 8, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Worms are eating!

I managed to stay away from my bin yesterday thanks to Steve's posting of his feeding list. It seems like the minimum of 3 days will give the worms time to work their magic.



Today is day 3 since I last fed them. After returning from work, I put on my gloves and grabbed a large scooper spoon and went to check the damage. All the watermelon rinds were nearly gone! I'm so amazed! I had put in 1/2 a large watermelon's rinds! The rice that was also part of that feeding had turned the… Continue

Added by Amy on June 3, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Preparing for expansion

I was randomly searching for "worms" on Craigslist last night and up came a listing of this guy getting rid of his used Wriggly Wranch. All I could think of was, "What a deal!" and I emailed him right away about getting his Wranch. San Mateo County sells the Wriggly Wranch for $29 to its residents but that price is only good for the 1st Wranch. The price goes up quite a bit for any extra you want to buy. So to snag one is a dream! I have no doubt that I will expand my herd in the future. My… Continue

Added by Amy on June 2, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Reading an interesting book about dirt.

Not much new to report on my worm bin this week. I did feed them a rotten apple for the first time though.. not sure if that is a good idea or not.. just thought I'd try. Also, I have started to get a little more aggressive with how much I'm feeding them since their population seems to be growing and there are a large number of cocoons as well. I might have to adjust my "lbs per week" setting soon.



One related thing though is that I started reading this book… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on June 2, 2008 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

First of June and getting hotter

Well I am back from California for the week.

The soil cooling system did exceptionally well while I was gone.

The worms thrived and the food is gone and there are tons of eggs.

I am amazed by the number of people that have posted here on the map.

In addition to my worms I have also added a continuous flow aerobic composter.

I am toying with the idea of adding worms to that as well once it gets started and it gets a little cooler.

The composter is made by the same… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on June 1, 2008 at 12:05pm — No Comments

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