I've been watching the site for about a month now. Researching, looking into the FT designs and looking at the harvester for separating the VC. In the past I have had a couple of 3 X 3 frames that have ¼ and 1/8 screening on them. They are a pain to use. I decided to make a rotary harvester. I'm a little… Continue
Added by Gardener Larry on June 29, 2010 at 7:00pm —
i decided to do an experiment on population growth- basically, how fast can i get the population up. i'm taking the worms that i find from now on in the drainage part of my worm factory and putting them into a little bin, where i'll be using food scraps, cause once the worms in my factory finish that watermelon in a day or so, i'm going to start feeding manure. i'm kinda think of slighlty over feeding, but not immediatly because all the worms that go down into the drainage part arent mature… Continue
Added by Nic on June 29, 2010 at 3:12pm —
I went to the doctor yesterday, and as I was walking in and saw the saddest thing... dead worms on the side walk... The funny thing about this is a few months ago before I started my worm composting I wouldn't have thought a thing about it.
Added by Diana on June 26, 2010 at 8:19am —
Just a pondering thought. I had not be able to visit my straw bale worm bin for a couple of weeks. It was a lot dryer then I'd like to admit, and some of the straw areas where I know was being used by worms for hanging out and laying eggs dried out fairly well. Well I gave it a good soaking and left instructions to make sure the bin was kept moist until I returned again.
Question is... will the eggs hatch with re-hydration back in their environment? or are they… Continue
Added by Don Dillon on June 25, 2010 at 9:56am —
I did my 5th feeding yesterday (6/24/10 - 74 oz), added more Rock Dust, and added more Beneficial Parasitic Nematodes [Steinernema carpocapsae] to control Fungus Gnat larvae.
Oh, I also did a thorough cleaning of all of the windows in the guest bedroom where my bin is located. There were squished fungus gnats all over and dead ones all over the radiator covers (they are prolific little buggers).
The population of fungus gnats seems to have decreased, and now… Continue
Added by ReikiMaster60657 on June 25, 2010 at 7:38am —
Not having much luck trying to find the old fashion burlap. For those of you that use this stuff, where do you get it? I'm not sure what industries may still be using it... I'm thinking maybe local coffee roasters or farm animal supply stores?
Added by Don Dillon on June 24, 2010 at 1:06pm —
Added by Dinh xuan Ba on June 24, 2010 at 2:36am —
Here's a link to a bit of writing I did that has to do with worms. I wrote this before I was a vermicomposter and when I knew very little about worms. Since then, worms have occasionally cropped up in things I have written. I'll see about getting them on here at some point.worms
Added by Mark Tranter on June 23, 2010 at 3:10pm —
I added a second bucket to my stack last night... finally! I've been aging some coir with scraps in it for… Continue
Added by Terri Hamilton on June 22, 2010 at 6:46pm —
As you may have read in the forums, I'm going to stop vermicomposting for now. However, I'm going to keep a small starter herd in case I want to get back into it in the future. I started with an empty Pepsi bottle that I filled halfway with dry, used coffee grounds (I would have used more, but that's all I had on hand). To that I added 1/2 liter of water. Then I added some finished vermicompost that I harvested on Sunday. That VC had plenty of cocoons in it, but I decided to add more just for… Continue
Added by Carl on June 22, 2010 at 6:43pm —
I know, funny question to ask before summer even hits full on.... but does anyone that has used soil heater cables have any numbers or first hand knowledge of what it cost to run a small cable (probably only 12') during the winter. I'm in Virginia, so Its not like Canadian winter, but it can stay near or below freezing for weeks at a time, and ground snow (a foot or more) is not uncommon for weeks
I have a wooden 2'x2'x3' flow through that is not coming in the house this… Continue
Added by Don Dillon on June 21, 2010 at 10:20am —
After keeping my worms in 18 gallon Rubbermaid bins for the past 6 months, I finally got tired of waiting for compost to happen easily. I am constantly checking and feeding and playing with my worms and I know they really get annoyed when they see me coming there way. OMG here she comes again!
I have been looking at the homemade flow thru bins and yesterday decided to have my wonderful husband make one for my worms. We took one of our many daily trips to Home Depot ( my husband is retired… Continue
Added by roberta Gregson on June 20, 2010 at 11:07am —
I'm very excited about my project this afternoon. I finally built a rotary screen harvester, and it is
un-freaky believable how well it works. I'll post pictures later, but its the same basic design that a lot
of people are using, with a little twist I haven't seen yet. I used (2) 5 gallon buckets ($2.50 each) and
cut off the tops about 10" down. I cut a chunck of 1/4" hardware cloth (about $3 worth) to size so that it
rolled up into a cylindar… Continue
Added by Don Dillon on June 19, 2010 at 7:41pm —
My BSFL have been stolen. Not all of them, and I don't suppose that's exactly the right term anyway. Dine-and-dash, maybe. Continue
Feels a little strange to be grumbling about this. I'm still not wholly
resigned to having a grubbery on-site, though I'm the one who put it
there. Truth is, on some level, I kind of wish I didn't have
one--the idea of a bucket full of giant mutant armadillo grubs just creeps me
out. But I really don’t want to go…
Added by D S Foxx on June 18, 2010 at 8:17pm —
Tuna, salmon, eel, and other carnivorous fish are fed ground-up fish meal. Many think this is an unsustainable practice. Every pound of meat-eating fish requires between two and twenty pounds of fish meal. This continues the drain on our ocean life. Alternatives can and should be looked into.
One protein source is readily available, and currently being used in many areas around the world. Composting earthworms have potential as a substitute. These worms feed on vegetable scraps, wood,… Continue
Added by Ken Westervelt on June 17, 2010 at 6:22am —
I had a long look through my FT and confirmed what have been suspecting for a while. I had a mix of worms, when i got my worms they were all supposed to be EFs. I believe the other worms may be Euros they were larger and striped. After a lot of digging i didn't find one striped worm.
My bin got colder than i would have liked a few times during the winter. Power outages. It looks like all EF's now. Although i am sure i have Euro cocoons still in the bin so they will come back. In the… Continue
Added by Eve on June 15, 2010 at 10:18pm —
The first thing I saw when I opened my bin tonight was a dead worm, right on top. It hasn't been dead very long, I don't think... I had to poke at it with a piece of cardboard to be sure.
So I got a little worried. I dug deep for a handful of bedding to examine. Lo and behold, I found two baby worms maybe half an inch long... and an empty cocoon, maybe theirs, I dunno. And there were other worms doing their thing just like normal. So, I guess some of my first bunch are… Continue
Added by Terri Hamilton on June 15, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Well, both the beneficial parasitic nematodes and the Luralite Cento Plus wall sconce bug light arrived today. The bug light is up on the wall right above my bin, and the first application of nematodes is in the bin. I will keep you posted on the progress. I just hope I can stop squishing fungus gnats against the windows and do a thorough cleaning of them soon.
Added by ReikiMaster60657 on June 15, 2010 at 5:58pm —
I haven't posted in a while and need to document all my rookie mistakes so maybe someone else won't make the same.
1. A veteran vermicomposter offered to help me with my first harvest. I said, "nah, let's just go out to dinner."
2. I waited until the entire bin was full of compost before I harvested.
3. I took about a week to separate the worms from the compost, leaving a pile on a tarp on the deck.
I finally finished, put the compost in the garden and the… Continue
Added by Paponda on June 15, 2010 at 1:55pm —
ok any one have any ideas on what I can do in this hot weather... it's 4:00 PM and 101.7 I have my worm bin out side... with a fan on them but it's so hot... when I put my hand in the bin it's hot...
Added by Diana on June 15, 2010 at 1:08pm —