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July 2009 Blog Posts (34)

Cocoon project.

So I'm cleaning up the kitchen and looking down at this small disposable plastic container that some fudge the wife bought the other day came in and I caught myself thinking, "I bet if I poked holes in that I could put worms in there".





It's about 5" wide by 8" long and 2.5" high. I figured if asked by the wife "what for?" I figure I had have a better reason than to bring worms with us on vacation so here's the plan ...



I… Continue

Added by rom mendoza on July 28, 2009 at 8:12pm — 9 Comments

It works! Drainage suggestion put into practice:

First, thanks to Jeff Kurtz for this idea! I posted my problems with leachate as a discussion in the Stackable Bin Group, and Jeff posted a picture and description that I tried out, with great success.

I drilled a hole in one of the corners of one of the tote lids, then put the lid on three milk crates. I put the bins on top of the lid. I put a small bucket under the corner of the lid that has the hole. The leachate drips into the small bucket. It's perfect! All I have to do is empty the… Continue

Added by Lisa Cota on July 27, 2009 at 7:21pm — 3 Comments

styrofoam containers

I live in an area of the world where the weather is warm and dry in the summer. I have found that styrofoam containers are great because they keep the worms nice and cool. Just get some of those white boxes that they often use for new appliances and the worms will be comfortable all summer long. A great way to beat the heat.

Added by nachum hirschel on July 26, 2009 at 4:17am — 1 Comment

Flow Through Update - 2 months

I thought i would show you all how much the compost has processed 2 months into the flow through. The bin is continuing to process the compost i had thought was nearly done, settling down a lot more than i thought it ever would. I have before and after photos. The first photo was taken on the day i first put the compost from my fabric flow through into the blue barrel. The second photo was taken today. I have harvested a total of 5 gallons from the bin. And collected a pound of worms for my… Continue

Added by Eve on July 26, 2009 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

The Hitchcock Center for Women: A Stakeholder Driven Model for Transformational Outcomes

Introduction



This short-form proposal details the basic pieces to help achieve great outcomes for Hitchcock Center and all its stakeholders. The pieces include facilitated forums to induce a culture shift toward loving, serving behavior, a state-of-the-art, therapeutic and productive Memorial garden system, a value-added products facility, and inclusion of ongoing support mechanisms for residents of the center long after the six month term currently used as the key metric for… Continue

Added by Sudhir Kade Raghupathy on July 25, 2009 at 6:39pm — 10 Comments

Its a good day...

Its a good day for the worms. Just a few minutes ago, I checked on my worms and the issues with the worms trying to ecape or just laying around getting skinny, was because of the heat. Right now its about 80 degrees outside and the worm been is a little cooler than that and they are swarming over some old newspaper and ready for more food!. They ate over a 1 lb and half of food wastes in 5 days!

Added by Element on July 24, 2009 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Trouble in Wormadise/Now Brighter Days

Well, a few days ago I checked in on my bin, and found there was a lot of moisture. So I left the lid open, but never closed it back up. A family member closed it but didn't secure it. So yesterday I walk past the bin, and I see stringy dry things on the floor... and I'm like what is that(I've got three dogs so nothings surprises me anymore), but it turns out they were worms. I picked up about 15 dead dried worms. Checked on my bin and once again too much moisture. So I left it open to air out,… Continue

Added by Michael on July 24, 2009 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

How to solve a problem like....MOLE??

I know this forum is about earthworms but since moles eat our garden variety of earthworm I thought it is a valid question for this forum.I have a mole that is distroying my garden and I would like to know if anybody has any clever, humane and organical method of getting rid of it.Or should I just let it be?

Added by Lizette Janse van Vuuren on July 22, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Less Worms and Ice

A couple weeks ago i gave my sister in law Debbie a pound of worms. Between less worms and the heat the food processing has dropped off considerably. Just as well there is no way i could have kept up such massive feedings.



I am still feeding in a circle rotating around the bin and find that there is recognizable food 2/3 the way back around the bin. Or in about 5 to 6 days. I have cut down on the food like i said. Before the heat and the culling the food would be eaten half the way… Continue

Added by Eve on July 22, 2009 at 5:24am — 11 Comments

Score

I got 300 more worms yesterday butting me close to 600 worms now. They were all different sizes so that was cool. They separated pretty quickly and disappeared under the shredded newspaper. I left a light on all night to prevent a mass exodus from their new home, it did the trick as none were found anywhere this a.m. I am anxious to get this vermicomposting into full swing.

Added by tglassburner on July 22, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Facebook

I was looking for a place...like this on facebook....I enjoy reading about vermicomposting. I found a few places but it looks like hardly anyone chats or blogs. Can this site be hooked up to facebook? Just a thought... Cathy

Added by Cathy Luna on July 21, 2009 at 4:01pm — 3 Comments

New mini flowthrough bin

Inspired by Susan Bolman, I've converted to flow through today.Its all recycled that I had hanging around.The bottom is old electric wire, with the middle 2 a wire coathanger for added strength.They are 2" apart.
I also made a micro flowthrough as a portable demonstration model from 2 stacking tubs, bottom cut out of top one, with bars.I'm quite excited to see if its gonna be a great leap forward! Should probably get out more.

Added by WormWeaver on July 21, 2009 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

The quest.....

I stopped at 3 bait shops yesterday looking for more worms. They were all sold out. Not 1 red wiggler to be found. The first place I stopped said that they would be in today, a positive thing, I'm stopping after work.

Added by tglassburner on July 21, 2009 at 4:21am — No Comments

Had some extra time today

Over the last couple of days I have been to busy and to tired to feed and clean up my worm bins. Today I cut some more bedding and took all of the out of date or going out of date fruit and vegetables and stuck them in the blender and then added some bread and coffee ground to suck up some of the liquids.



After getting everything prepped I fluffed up some of the old bedding and checked the state of the worms. I then added the food and more bedding.



It looks like my worms… Continue

Added by Element on July 19, 2009 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Today the worm factory is looking better

Late last night I checked on the worms and there was more activity and they were swarming the food again. This morning, I changed out the water bottle and added a new one. When I checked there was almost nothing left of the food scraps! Only 2 worms tried to escape and I was easily able to get them back in the bin. When I get in, I will add more food, replace the water bottle and add the last layer of bedding in the bed.

Added by Element on July 17, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

Things might be looking better today.

Last night about 2 am I checked on my worm factory and about 100 of them were massed in the corner on top of the worm factory lid. So I moved them back into the bin and tested the temperature and found that it was in the mid 90s. So I got some more newspaper shreds and topped it off cover all the worms and then added a frozen 20 oz bottle of water.. With in minutes I could see the temperatures dropping. This morning its about 5 degrees cooler then the outside temperature. So this afternoon I… Continue

Added by Element on July 16, 2009 at 7:43am — 3 Comments

Annoyed...

Got home from work today and my porch in the shade is over a 100 degrees. My garage is in the same boat. I have no where to store them. I have to think of something fast or I will loose them all...



Yesterday there were maggots. Not sure how they got in there. I NEVER feed the worms dairy or meat products. In fact the last 3 weeks all they have had is whole grain bread, watermelon, and cheerios. Last night I threw in a rotting piece of fruit and the maggots swarmed it in a matter of… Continue

Added by Element on July 14, 2009 at 9:58pm — 6 Comments

Vermicomposting Workshop

I just recently completed a Vermicomposting workshop with a friend at the library in Marquette, MI. We partnered with Northern Micigan University's NCLL. It was a fun and well received program.

Worms are doing great. It's been 3 months now.

Was contacted today by a person in my area wanting info and assistance starting a worm bin. Very cool! I will call her back and see what I can help her with.

Added by Tiffany on July 14, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Just joined this site. A little history about me

I recently purchased a new worm bin. I found a good deal on The Worm Factory and 1LB of worms. So I purchased and I started vermicoposting. I have been composting with a free homemade compost bin with about 200 worms.



I am not sure what I want to do with the original bin. The colony is slowly getting bigger and they seem to be getting healthier as well. I think I might hang on to this colony and add more worms to it once my Factory is gets bigger. But as right now, I am just… Continue

Added by Element on July 14, 2009 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

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