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June 2012 Blog Posts (22)

Standing water

well i bought a ph - humidity meter today just to see what things were and found standing water in the bottom,,,i gave them water the other day thinking it was too dry in there,,but nothing died,,saw worms moving in the water as i was grabbing dry cardboard for them,,but got to see what the bin looks like just after 3 weeks,,lots of compressed cardboard and paper and lots was gone,,i gave them banana peels about 1.5 weeks ago and none were to be found,,the lettuce from last week not a…

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Added by Jerry on June 23, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

weekend

Yall have a "wormderful" weekend!

Added by Jay on June 23, 2012 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Ozark Aggie - Gardening for Food and Fun

My blog isn't specific to worms though I have an article on vermiculture posted. Feel free to comment and help me improve it. Most of my training in agronomy focused on soils, and soil microorganisms like mycorrhizal fungi. While the articles are relevant to organic gardening I also include information for those who - like me - also use conventional methods judiciously.

 

Stop and say Hello, 

Ozark Aggie

Added by OzarkAggie on June 23, 2012 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

vermi-ment update

Posted a pic on my page of the head of romaine lettuce the bin occupants devoured in 5 days. There is part of 1 leaf left and the isops are polishing that off as we speak. Did notice worms liked to follow the progress ON and IN the lettuce. Thats the only item (other than egg carton) I have seen above bedding level that the worms actually get on.

Also collected almost a quart of leachate, which I "filtered" thru and old fryer splatter screen. 

Added by Jay on June 21, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments

The Great Worm Experiment - Week 2

Note to self: Vermicomposting is not conducive to daily blogging. From one day to the next, there isn't a lot happening and no riveting changes to document. How many posts consisting of "hey, look - worms!" can one realistically post without degenerating into the inanities of minutiae?

However, two things happened in Week 2 of The Great Worm Experiment that are worth noting. 

1. I went on another Walmart run and got two more cups of Euros. I added them to the…

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Added by Sylvere ap Leanan on June 18, 2012 at 3:43pm — 3 Comments

improvised mortar and pestle

Added pics of improvised mortar and pestle (i-m-p) for pulverizing eggshells. Use what I think is a very old cast iron oil pan from an old tractor and a sheet metal hammer. Works VERY well :-)

Added by Jay on June 18, 2012 at 7:58am — 1 Comment

opinions on a stackable RM bin

ok after reading lots and lots of posts and seeing the 2 bin stackables work as only 1 container

my thought is using them both for worms and not using the bottom to just catch the excess liquid



if the top gets watered decent and drips down the the bottom bin it gives that one just extra moisture

it might need a little turning in the bedding or added some more but i see it as a wasted space on the bottom bin if not being used

the…

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Added by Jerry on June 18, 2012 at 4:09am — No Comments

OWD i think i have it

so tonight i look out and see a big cardboard box in my neighbor's trash and think look at the score i found

went over and snagged it,,will fill up a couple bins,,then look across the street and see another small cardboard crate on top of that one and found a box inside

talking with my mom tonight she asks hows the kids are doing,,told her i don't bother them every day as they have to eat and not to be disturbed

i have the family in this short time…

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Added by Jerry on June 18, 2012 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

E. fetida behavior

Once again I added 2 500mg calcium tablets, ground fine with mortar and pestle to my worm bin as I do once ever 4 months or so and a few days after their breeding was so profuse that I saw many in plain view in the act of exchanging sperm when I checked the surface activity. Seems that calcium or perhaps a sudden drop in acidity stimulates mating and cocoon production. 

Another odd thing that I noticed, that to me suggest perhaps a nesting behavior is that i checked the deeper…

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Added by Elliot Somers on June 16, 2012 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

Slug Composting Experinces 2012

Day#50- June 14/2012- I can't belive its been 50 days since i started this slug

colony in the kritter keeper. They haven't been as productive as the year past

but thats because i am busy right now wth school and dermestids! If it was just

slugs i would have hundreds! I have to check the egg[or incubater] today and see

if we've got any new baby slugs i will be sure to post how many i found/have. I

can't wait till after school it was just raining which means the slugs…

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Added by dermy on June 14, 2012 at 8:33am — No Comments

Does anyone

 have pics of BSF eggs?

Added by Jay on June 13, 2012 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Hope these are BSFLs

Just added some photos of what I hope are BSFL. These critters make short work of veggie waste and coffee grounds. I put 1/4 cup grounds in with filter yesterday mornin and all that's left is *most* of the filter! wow!

Added by Jay on June 13, 2012 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Brent Spiner wanted to be a worm farmer

I wish I knew how to edit videos. But the worm farm part is in the middle.  From the old TV show "Night Court". 

Added by Antonia on June 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

pillbug bin

well i started a bin just for the pillbugs to multiply them

put some wet cardboard,,shredded weekly grocery  specials to make them more hungry as they look at them

some green weeds,,gave them a good mist of water

and thinking of a part of a egg crate with broken up tea bags i have,,might do that tomorrow to see if they have an interest in them

couple other thoughts i had,,have a small pile of mini horse manure that has been sitting for a…

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Added by Jerry on June 12, 2012 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

some oberservations - cardboard - pillbugs

i've read most of the blogs on here and other sites also and continue to read but have not seen anyone mentioned cardboard water

everyone soaks there cardboard but fails to mention of using the water in it

i soak a few pieces all the time and when my bin is dry it gets some of that water why you might ask

it has particles from the cardboard in it and possibly traces of glue,,hoping my thinking is right it should start the microbes on it also,,right now its a nice dark…

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Added by Jerry on June 11, 2012 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

bedding

Hi, I have a ? on bedding. How much Bedding should I keep in my bins, How thick should I keep it and should mix some in my VC

Thank-you

Added by Alan Robinson on June 10, 2012 at 8:52am — 13 Comments

The Great Worm Experiment - Day 3-5

After leaving the worms alone for the past few days, I decided to check on our little friends and see how they were getting on. They seem to have spread throughout the bedding, including the corner with the coffee grounds and filter, as shown below. Yay!

You got a worm!

Here's a closeup of a worm that had moved all the way down to the opposite corner from the one where…

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Added by Sylvere ap Leanan on June 8, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments

Day One!!

Wormies came today. Nobody who knows me can believe how so completely INTO the vermicomposting I am, because I'm terrified of bugs. Yes, I do know that worms aren't insects, but still, they fall into the same creepy, crawly, ugly to look at (don't tell them I said that, don't want to compromise their motivation or give them complexes on their first day in a new home)  category of "things that creep/gross/freak me out".



I was absolutely giddy as I doubled up on latex gloves and…

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Added by Alice on June 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

First post from a semi sorta kinda newbie

Hello fellow wormers!

   I'm from Lugoff (pronounced Lew'gawf), SC. Have been a member of this wonderfully informational site since early April 2012, but just got my bin started May 22. Gathered info and combined a few ideas for my bin.     

   Hopefully is going to be a stackable system, using discarded county glass and plastic recycle bins. The bottom is a rubbermaid storage tray, 21"x15"x5", lined with a garbage bag, with 2 bricks holding bag in place and supports first bin.…

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Added by Jay on June 6, 2012 at 7:23pm — 7 Comments

The Great Worm Experiment - Day 2

The instructions for The Worm Factory say to leave the worms alone for a few days to let them recover from the stress of transport and get acclimated to their new environment. The bin is currently in our utility room. We leave the light on 24/7 in there for reasons unrelated to vermicomposting and it's the only area of the house in which I felt comfortable leaving potentially fleeing worms unattended overnight.

However, I had the foresight to document each stage of assembly…

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Added by Sylvere ap Leanan on June 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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