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June 2009 Blog Posts (24)

Happily wormin' away

My new Worm Factory is just awesome! I'm so happy that I shelled out the money for it. Plus, on Saturday I bought another pound of worms as I decided I don't want to wait for the population to grow when I have so much fruit and veg waste (hooray for summer!) already piling up.



The good:

-Composting happens, and fast! There's a lot of beautiful crumbly compost in the first tray I set up.

-No smell (the old poorly constructed Rubbermaid tub bin had a tendency to get AWESOMELY… Continue

Added by Laurel on June 29, 2009 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

diary -my 3 worm bin

ok i have 3 bins 1-2-3



1- is the first one i made, i had not botton, i guess i will change that because the worm don't really take all the compost to the ground like they make belive,so, i have an idea to harves my worm one the time is right and my compost is ready,



compost 2- this one have old food on it and is working right, still waiting before adding more food,



compost 3- have fresh food and old cook vegetable to see how this work, this one smell and have… Continue

Added by Moni0919 on June 29, 2009 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

My Duh-Huh Moment!

I started my first worm bin with about 160 worms I believe to be ENC's that I purchased at a bait store in January. It's the typical rubbermaid type. Back in March I had to do an emergency harvest thanks to my cat. I lost quite a few but not all of the original 160 worms in that worm crisis. Good news however is that there were tons of babies and a gajillion (is that a word?) cocoons. Over time I begin to notice LOTS of babies and juveniles and as time passed I began to worry because they never… Continue

Added by Michele on June 25, 2009 at 8:42pm — 3 Comments

Newby, but learning

I just got started in the worm compost farming in March. I just sorted out the first tray the day before yesterday. Got close to 5lbs of vermicast from that bin. Dumped it all in a pile in a large plastic tray, and worked from the outside and top toward the center and bottom to separate the worms from the compost. It took a while, but it was fun. I do need to make a working shelf that is a little bit higher so my back doesn't get so sore. Also sorted out a bunch of little football shaped teeny… Continue

Added by Craig Yeaple on June 24, 2009 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

A Little Harvest - and a lot of Frustration

I have wanted to re-pot some house plants andhave had to wait for two weeks for it to stop raining. The bin is outside. Its been cool under 60 all that time. So when i got home tonight it was nice so i decided to get the compost while the sun was out. Its the first time in two weeks that i got more than a quick peek at the bin. I found that all the liquid in the bin was pooling on top of the paper above the bars. So i believe removing the paper will help with drainage and air flow. The bottom… Continue

Added by Eve on June 23, 2009 at 8:39pm — 4 Comments

Interesting Thing

The weather turned cool after the last post and has stayed that way ever sense. Good thing to, i don't believe i could have kept up the pace in food delivery.



Still they are keeping up with what i have been able to feed them. I had just noticed an interesting thing happening in my flow through. I haven't been feeding in the middle of the bin. I placed a thermometer in the middle and have been feeding a couple inches away from it in pie shaped wedges. The middle of the bin isn't… Continue

Added by Eve on June 21, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

How many is TOO many?

Yesterday June 18, my son made a banana smoothie after school. At 4:00 PM I placed the entire banana peel on the surface of the worm bin contents and replaced the piece of newsprint lying on the surface. I wanted to see how fast the mites and worms could eat it. It hadn't been frozen or ripened, I left it whole so I could possible recognize it for what it was as the process goes along. Today, June 19 12:00 PM, here's what it looks like:

Brothers and… Continue

Added by Anna Rich on June 19, 2009 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

About my worms

I learned about vermiculture from a co-worker, who actually didn't have a lot of luck.



Subsequently, my son started a bin in NYC, but then found he wasn't generating enough refuse.



Last Martin Luther King Day, I did some volunteer service at Growing Power, and decided to pick up some worms. They gave me a 5 gallon bucket of compost with a nice ball of worms.



I pitched the compost/worms into the standard Rubbermaid bin, drilled a few dozen holes in the lid, and… Continue

Added by Greg F. Walz-Chojnacki on June 18, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

vermicompost workshop

Last friday morning I gave a vermicompost workshop to a group of 7 aamateur gardeners in the scenic village of Zichron Yaakov in the Carmel Mtns, overlooking the Mediterranean. It was a great success. I gave a 45-60 minute power point slide show and lecture. It was aided by you kind people who allowed me to use your pics. It was also aided by your encouragement. I then gave the participants the opportunity to purchase worms and a rubber maid type bin. Everyone made their own bin with material I… Continue

Added by nachum hirschel on June 16, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

STEALTH

My mother-in-law just spent 4 days with us and never noticed the worm bin! I can't believe it... As my friend Amy says, those worms are "STEALTH"

Added by Paponda on June 16, 2009 at 4:07am — 4 Comments

how to vermicompost with humanure on a small scail

take a 1 foot by 6'' and 8'' high plastic bin and drill some holes on the sides and bottomes then take some human poop 8 monthes old or older then take some peat moss hay and paper and/or cardboard and mix it with the humanure make sure the contents of the bin are as wet as a rung out spunge then add 100 redwigglers (eseina fetida) to the mixture and your all set. after 3 months harvest the castings and use it on your ortimentals or if your not afraid of it use it on your edible crop

Added by ellyo on June 13, 2009 at 8:31am — 4 Comments

Finally: The Worm Factory!

After much neglect and many bad habits, my Rubbermaid tub bin went completely downhill. It got anaerobic, and stinky -- many worms tried to escape and only ended up crispy and dead on the carpet (much to my girlfriend's extreme displeasure), while others died in the bin. A while ago I had decided to go ahead and invest in a well designed bin. I read a lot about different models and got some great advice right here from all you wonderful vermicomposters, so I settled on getting a Worm Factory. I… Continue

Added by Laurel on June 8, 2009 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

June 8, about 5 weeks in, fruit flies

fruit flies. yuck. How do I get rid of them? Everything after the initial feeding of the bin, before the worms arrived, has been frozen and thawed to kill fruit fly larvae, or so I thought.

Thanks in advance for your help in this matter. :)

Added by Paponda on June 8, 2009 at 10:56am — 6 Comments

I'm not sure if i'm posting right, i need to ge worm

where and who had worm for sale to get here at NJ by a weekend, how many days to get to NJ, I need to know so I can setup the bed, what do you guys think about the under ground compost bin?

please where can i read about ideas , what happen if i do underground what happen in winter?

Added by Moni0919 on June 7, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Eisenia Foetida



Here's a close-up of my personal brood of eisenia foetidas. Right now we're composting about 3 lbs of kitchen scraps per week in my Gusanito 5 tray vertical bin. I use four working trays for vermicomposting and the fifth tray in the bottom of the stack covered with a layer of screen. This allows the finished vermicompost to fall into the tray, but most of all it allows the infant and juvenile worms and pods that fall through to the bottom to be… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on June 7, 2009 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

bin a while!

Okay so my two worm bin has two coocons and my other bin has four.I have a few questions how long does it take them to hatch?And can worms eat grass clippings as that is what im using as bedding.

Added by cody on June 7, 2009 at 12:01pm — 4 Comments

fruit flies taking over

Hi all. I started a worm farm about a month or so ago. I did the double tub construction as per Bentley's wonderful instructional at his website.



My bin is outside in the shade. Here are my concerns: Does it ever get too hot in summer to leave one's bin outside? I would bring my bin in to my basement, but the last time I opened it I was greeted with a cloud of fruit flies. I would hate to unleash such a horde in my home. I have also found slugs and lots of cinch bugs (? you know… Continue

Added by susan stoia on June 7, 2009 at 7:13am — 3 Comments

getting started

I'm from Texas, near Houston. I'm a mom and wife. Got my worm bin last week, the worms will be here next week and I went to the library today and check out books on raising worms. We are super excited to get our worms.

Added by Keisha Atha on June 5, 2009 at 4:10pm — 2 Comments

Just one week on

I was looking at the masses of worms on watermelon rinds last night disappointed that the melon was still there. Got to thinking just how much the worms have ate in the last week. And realized i had no right to be disappointed. Its an amazing list. Here is a list of everything i have added in this first week.



The stuff that is completely gone:



1 head of lettuce - frozen and whole

1 head of cauliflower - frozen whole

2 bunches of celery - frozen whole

And all… Continue

Added by Eve on June 5, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

my fist compost

did not work, i have to keep trying, if anyone had an idea for my to start doing this, i really don't like worms but i do know the helpfull they are for may garden please help

Added by Moni0919 on June 4, 2009 at 7:59pm — 4 Comments

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