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June 2011 Blog Posts (12)

Shredding

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. :)

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Added by Jay on June 29, 2011 at 9:24pm — 4 Comments

Isopod Poo

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…

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Added by Steve Lambert on June 29, 2011 at 10:58am — 8 Comments

Two Months - So Far So Good

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…

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Added by Vikki on June 29, 2011 at 10:32am — 11 Comments

Worms like it Wet!

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…

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Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on June 28, 2011 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

Worm INN Question

I have instructions to build a worm inn from amy young, instructions say use felt and landscape fabric.  I was thinking of using cordura ripstop fabric as it is water proof  can i use the felt with the ripstop material or just the felt or just the ripstop.Please dont like to waste money i dont have so answers would be appreciated...thanks

Added by james devno on June 23, 2011 at 9:35am — 8 Comments

Corn cobs

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…

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Added by Don Dillon on June 20, 2011 at 6:23am — 12 Comments

Re-visiting envelopes with clear address windows & communications with the Union of Concerned Scientists

Hello Folks!



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,…
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Added by Kathy Jacobson on June 18, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

The Sixth Harvest

or rather the ravings of a lunatic during the Sixth Harvest.



The Sixth Harvest was during the full eclipse of the strawberry moon. Not that I was able to harvest any strawberries because my strawberry plants both wilted away in my recent absence. June’s Moon is named after the strawberry when fruit is ready to pick and eat. I didn’t eat any strawberries. I ate watermelon and I picked the flesh free of seeds and cut up the rind to feed to my worms. While I fed them watermelon, I… Continue

Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on June 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

My 1st Worm Shipment from Sierra Worm Solutions

Today I received my very first mail order, um I mean online order of worms. Man, it's really easy to show your age these days, lol. I ordered them from Sierra Worm Solutions in Nevada on Saturday. They were shipped on Monday and I received them in Southern California…

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Added by Vikki on June 9, 2011 at 10:58pm — 2 Comments

Mixing it all together with a straw bale garden

straw bale garden photos

 

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…

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Added by Craig Miller on June 8, 2011 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Bin Neglect may occasionally be beneficial. A Minimalist Worm feeding Hypothesis after a tornado

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…

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Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on June 8, 2011 at 12:40am — 10 Comments

fruit flies

I am avery new at this. I started my composter about a month ago.I now have fruit flies. is there a way to get rid of the flies? there seems to be these pale yellow grains all over the compost and sides and drain tray. are these fly eggs? thanks so much.  also I do not know if i am feeding enough or too much. there is always leftovers visible such as  small pieces of lettuce, chopped fruit, shredded paper rolls. the bin is getting heavy. the temp is between 64-68 degrees ,and moist. thank…
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Added by martha a cummins on June 7, 2011 at 4:54pm — 3 Comments

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