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There are a couple of different kinds of shredders. Strip cut, cross cut, and micro cut. Well I pretty much over do everything.... so I went out and bought a heavy duty micro cut shredder. It can shred 16 pages and can shred for 20 minutes straight. This thing grinds cardboard into confetti sized pieces with no problem. I most definitely did NOT need this but I got a bonus check I got bored and I'm always looking to make vc faster. :)
I sometimes lay whole sheets of newspaper on top of my worm bins to help control moisture and provide a dark, covered space for the worms to come all the way to the surface. My wooden worm bin usually has a high population of isopods in it, and sometimes there's a few hundred on the underside of the lid munching away at the soft plywood. What I find when I open the bin is a lot of isopod poo sprinkled on top of the newspaper; I guess isopods can poo upside down no problem. Anyway, I…Continue
This is more a note to self than anything else. I've learned so much here and wanted to document my journey while it's still fresh.
In April I started with a cup o' bait (50?) from WMart. I checked the way too big bin every day for a few weeks before I added 1/4 lb. Again, I couldn't stop digging around but found cocoons. Then I added 1 lb about 3 weeks ago.
I started with too much bedding. The bin was 2/3 full with shredded newspaper and some cardboard and I…Continue
On behalf of the worms, I speak because these critters have no backbone to stand up for themselves.
Worms Like It Wet! I hope thats not a newsflash for you. Worms are actually very clean invertibrates. Very few people know this though - they like to take bathes regularly - you know - wash the scum of the earth off.
Ever seen a dried worm on the sidewalk? I can only imagine the torment it endured during its final moments of life as it crawled on its belly…Continue
Just something I noticed this weekend while checking out my FT. I normally don't throw in whole corn cobs, cause the accepted wisdom of the worm world says it takes too long to break down. Along with things like avocado skins, pits, etc. Well, I left a couple of cobs in (that a neighbor graciously added) just out of curiosity. I was afraid that it would still be mostly whole by the time it reached the grates and just be like a log jam.
Well, I dug down a little and found…Continue
I know we have shared in conversations about those blasted clear windows
in envelopes never breaking down in our composting and vermicomposting
processes on this site.
So I thought you may be interested in my efforts to communicate
with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on the topic. They use
by-lines like Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions,…
Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on June 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Okay, I finally did it. Last February purchased a home wanted to start a garden. Bought 40 bales of straw for cheap raised beds. Seasoned them with ammonia sulfate and compost and let them sit in rain, snow and weather for two months. I just planted them using all the goodies I've learned from various groups. Then to top it off, I emptied a tray (about 2 pounds of red wrigglers) from my WF. I…Continue
Two weeks ago I had about 15 lbs of food ready to feed the Worms and I stopped and thought, "maybe this might be too much" so instead of possible over feeding them again. I skipped the feeding and instead dumped the food into my yard compost pile.
Then circumstances beyond my control in the form of a Tornado caused devastation to my brothers life (he lost his wife, baby, and home) So I went out there to support him and can say he is handling it much better then I ever would…Continue