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June 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Fishing Worm Bin

Today I set up a new bin just for my European night crawlers. My husband told me he would prefer to buy worms cuz my aren't big enough. Well, I'm fixing that problem.

New bin bedding is peat moss and made my own worm chow to fatten them up. My step daughter and I transferred 300 euros. She had a blast!

Added by Connie on June 29, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Ants

Ice bottles in the RM are doin well. Now I just have a reoccurring ant problem. I keep checking the water levels so I don't think it's too dry. So just dusted it with DE. We will see what happens tomorrow.

Added by Connie on June 27, 2013 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Doggie Compost Worm Farm

Much to my husband's dismay (he tells everyone, all i wanted to do was a little recycling and some composting..... and this is what i get. LOL), I've been wanting to compost the dog poo. We have two little dogs and while they don't generate a lot, it just pains me to dump it loose in the trash barrel or colllect it in a plastic bag to dump and never break down.



So, this weekend I set up a separate small worm farm (15 red wigglers) specifically for composting dog poo. Wish I'd have… Continue

Added by Connie on June 26, 2013 at 8:46pm — 3 Comments

Neatest video I have ever taken! Red wiggler composting worm emerging from its cocoon!

I just wanted to pass along this video. It was taken with a digital microscope on its lowest magnification setting. This video shows a red wiggler composting worm hatchling emerging from its cocoon. I kept the cocoon and hatchling moist throughout, and once the video was over, I put the baby worm right back into the bin. The microscope is lit by LED bulbs, so I don't think the light harmed the little hatchling (no UV). This same cocoon did have one more hatchling emerge after I shot this video.… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on June 24, 2013 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

Hot worms

Came home tonight and temps were in the 90's. First hot day since I got the worms. So I pulled out some frozen watermelon and was a little surprised to find ALOT of worms at the top of the bin. (Rubbermaid tubs with burlap bag on top, no lid).



About an hour later I remembered I have a compost thermometer so I went to take the temperature. Discovered ALOT of worms now on the side of the bins heading out.



So I grabbed some paper egg cartons, filled with ice and placed… Continue

Added by Connie on June 21, 2013 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

Pre-compost question

My worms don't seem to be eating a lot of food. So, I'm chopping it up and freezing it. This has helped a little.



I'm considering per-composting to aid even more (once pull out of freezer, sit outside in a sealed bin to "ripen" a few days before putting in worm bin).



My question is, won't this give the food a really sour bad smell, which means it shouldn't go into the bin anyway? If pre-compost is a good idea, how long should I let it sit in the heat before… Continue

Added by Connie on June 21, 2013 at 9:32am — 13 Comments

3 Weeks with my Worm Farm 360

Howdy everyone,

I just started doing this worm thing about three weeks ago.  My husband has been kind enough to help me with it.  Actually, he checks on them as I don't yet have the courage to put my hand in the bin...ha.  I don't the food in and take a look when he checks, but ain't touching them just yet....:-(.

Anyway, they seem to be doing fine.  I'm learning the moisture control thing as we go along.  Everything was set up right, but I have lost about 4…

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Added by Patricia on June 19, 2013 at 5:49pm — 4 Comments

vegtables

do I have to add vegtables is it ok to fed paper and cardboard only.when I put vegtables in I get flies. I grind and freeze them first

Added by red stroud on June 17, 2013 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Anyone working with worms in Pakistan

Hi guys,

I am off on my travels again. I am going to set up a worm based sanitation system in a school in Pakistan. I have no idea what the worm situation is like out there. Any advice or connects most welcome.

Claire

Added by Claire Furlong on June 13, 2013 at 8:05am — 4 Comments

Worm bin moving along slowly

Am not so patiently waiting for the worms to get thru the whole bin of paper and food. Patience was never my strong suit. It is going faster since I added the 1200 European night crawlers to my 500 reds. I finally need to add about 4 inches of wet newspaper. It's oakingright now so ill be able to add it Thursday.

I read somewhere that you can use your worm bin to grow potatoes. Has anyone done that? What were the results? I indthat an intriguing way to grow potatoes.

Added by Connie on June 11, 2013 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Euros Day 2

Made it thru the nite with no escapees. Ended up putting the bin in the garge with a heat lamp over it just to make sure. Will do that for a few days just to make sure. Not much heat in the lamp but it sure is bright. Just to make sure, I spritzed the tap layer of newspaper with water.



Added a to roll of frozen puréed food. The reds didn't seem to like it a week ago so I took it out. Anxious to see what the euros think of it. I made a bunch so I hope they like it.



Worms… Continue

Added by Connie on June 6, 2013 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Hardie Plank Tri-Level Worm Bin

I've been feeding two outdoor worm bins for about three years that evolved from their original use as compost piles.  So many local worms (I've assumed they're EF/EA) came into the piles to feast on the UCG, yard waste, and kitchen scraps that I stop turning them, and started top feeding the worms.  The bins have been covered with plywood to keep rain from soaking them, which has worked great.  The problem became that the lower reaches of the piles/bins dried to a very low moisture and…

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Added by Steve Lambert on June 6, 2013 at 1:52pm — 11 Comments

Just getting started

I started with 500 red wigglers in plastic bins a month ago and am HOOKED!  So much so that I ordered 2 pounds of European Nighcrawlers and am anxiously awaiting them to arrive. Gotta have fishing worms.  And when they aren't being used as bait, they can eat the kitchen scraps. 

Not sure why am not seeing any cocoons yet.  Maybe a month isn't enough time.  Hmmmm....

Added by Connie on June 5, 2013 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

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