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July 2008 Blog Posts (15)

The Earth Moved just came from Amazon

I orderd The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms last week and it just arrived in the mail a couple hours ago and I had to start reading it right away. I've gotten… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on July 29, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

My entry into gardening/worming

I've been fighting the fly invasion that occured when I got too ambitious w/ my worm bin. I tried a flow through, 4 sterilite containers ($4.50 at walmart) I drilled holes in the bottom of 2 3/16" and on has 1/2" holes w/ a screen, cut the lids so they fit together, added screening material to the vent holes I made.



Found out I had way too much food for an unestablished colony. I turned alot of it back into hot compost - it was stinking and atracting flies also. I dug some trenches… Continue

Added by RJ_Hythloday on July 28, 2008 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Corn cob n' husk

It has been a couple days since I added my diced corn cob to my worm bin. I put them in the corner in case the worms didn't like them for some reason. When I checked it today lots of worms were hanging out in that corner so far so good.. although I suppose it will get much more interesting a couple weeks down the road when I can actually see if the cobs are being processed faster than they would if they… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on July 25, 2008 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

I've added a couple fo small feedings of coffee grounds and mixed vegy & fruit scraps along with a small amount of corn meal. The worms are eating at a really unbelievable rate. They are really vorac…

I've added a couple fo small feedings of coffee grounds and mixed vegy & fruit scraps along with a small amount of corn meal. The worms are eating at a really unbelievable rate. They are really voracious eaters and don't seem to wait for the food to break down the way ef's do. They just climb in the food and munch away. I think the feedings have them settled down a bit and they don't seem as anxious to crawl. I just want to keep you posted . The bedding seems ok and the worms so far are… Continue

Added by Stevesd on July 25, 2008 at 12:32am — No Comments

leaning tower of wormies

so, I've gone a little worm crazy... I'm ok with that.

In doing so... I think I'm going to have to kick out a room mate to make more room for the worms.

Kidding... one is getting married next month, her room will become the sewing room/ worm haven. I decided to try Bentley's 4 worm experiment- just to see what happens- see how long it takes to get a thriving colony. I found my first cocoon last night... that's after a little over a week... I'll put a little more food in there… Continue

Added by Lesley Marie on July 24, 2008 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

first crawl

Well tonight I experienced my first crawl..I had to work late and had left it to my loyal partner and housemate to raise the lid and turn on the light..I was gonna call him from work to remind him but didn't get around to it. Well when I got home the worms were all over the walls of the bin like spaghetti and a few had crawled out. I rescued what I hope were all of the worms and gently pushed the ones on the walls back onto the surface of the bedding. Then I left on the light and soon they all… Continue

Added by Stevesd on July 20, 2008 at 1:21am — No Comments

Mid July 2008

Well we are nearing the end of July here and starting to enter the monsoon season so the humidity is starting to pick up. With the increase in humidity I am seeing more worm lechate from the spigot.

My worms are making a great comeback after the disaster of '08.

I have started to work the vermicompost into my garden system and hope to see improved growth. I have been adding a teaspoon of vermipost as a top dressing to each plant on a weekly basis.

I will also be working on… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on July 18, 2008 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Thanks for the comment Bing. I checked on them this morning just lightly moving a little bedding to have a look. They seemed pretty happy under there. I didn't see any balls of worms or dead ones or …

Thanks for the comment Bing. I checked on them this morning just lightly moving a little bedding to have a look. They seemed pretty happy under there. I didn't see any balls of worms or dead ones or roamers so I think ..so far so good. I'm still a little nervous about feeding so I'm gonna hold off for a while. there is enough food there for a few days at any rate and I really dont want to over feed them yet.. plenty of time for feeding later. I think that is the most difficult thing about… Continue

Added by Stevesd on July 18, 2008 at 10:53am — No Comments

The Encs Are Here

01/17/2008. Today I received my shipment of european nightcawlers from a worm grower in missouri. I must say I didn't count or weigh or anything but I think I got a great deal. The worms are very fat and were quite active when I released them from the bag into the bin.

A couple of weeks ago I prepared the bin for them using mostly corrugated cardboard and torn paper along with a couple of handfuls of peat and then a small amount of food consisting of some shredded carrot, coffee grounds,… Continue

Added by Stevesd on July 17, 2008 at 10:49pm — No Comments

you've got worms? I've got worms!

One of the things that I've found difficult (with learning about worms) is that everyone's got something that seems to work "for them". There are so many different ideas out there- and I need to talk things out to process them. Anyway... there hasn't been anyone. And, as I've mentioned.. the room mates are thinking I'm crazy. And though coworkers are bringing me their veggie scraps in baggies ("for your bunnies... or your worms" they giggle) they are just barely humouring me.

So I've… Continue

Added by Lesley Marie on July 17, 2008 at 4:05pm — No Comments

My sour bin

I've finally come to terms with what happened to my worm bin for a couple days last week. I had been throwing caution to the wind and putting stale cooked rice into my bin even though I read somewhere that you shouldn't. I think I was a little shaken by the fact that anything could go wrong with my bin... then Asha messaged me asking why I hadn't been around on the site lately and I realized I should have written a blog post about my… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on July 16, 2008 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Upside Down Tomatoes

I have planted a tomato in a bucket hanging on the patio. Got the idea from this site and decided to give it a try. Mixed in a good quantity of Vermicompost and will water it every second time with Compost tea.
Has anyone else tried it?

16 August 2008 - Flowers on the plant now, so hopefully fruit will set soon

Added by Jenni on July 16, 2008 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

free gloves

I was at county health today and asked the nurse for a pair of gloves. She complied and was interested in my worm ranch. I will see her in six weeks and probably bring her some sample red wigglers.

Added by RODLI PEDERSON on July 14, 2008 at 10:11pm — 5 Comments

excitement in the bin?... not if I'm checking 30 times a day.

Well. I'll confess to being a bit of a blog snob, soooo, might as well start writing here too.



My bin has been up and running now for a few months... and I'm SO impatient! I need to start a second bin I think, to do some experimenting of my own. Right now, I've likely got 1/3lbs of worms... yes, they are mulitplying.. and I AM seeing a difference in the rate that compost/ bun poo is being munched into soil- but this whole bin set up process is so SLOW! it's killing me!



My… Continue

Added by Lesley Marie on July 12, 2008 at 7:13pm — 4 Comments

Disaster July 2008

Well we have entered the first week of July in in hot AZ.

The cooling system failed on the worms and the soil temp got up to 130F.

I took 3 days to get the temperature re-regulated.

Out of several thousand worms I am probably down to around 400 + eggs.

That should be enough to get me started again.

I started making my own planting plugs for seedlings using vermicompost, coconut coir, and peat moss. For the binding agent I am using knox unflavored gelatin.

I plan on… Continue

Added by Nathan Scholten on July 5, 2008 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

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