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July 2009 Blog Posts (34)

What if they're afraid of the dark?

I've had an active worm bin for about two weeks now. They're in a modified Roughneck tote- drainage and air holes galore, with the floor of the tote covered with some window screening to keep the beasties in.

My husband is a wonderful man. He was the one who actually drilled out the tote. The first few days we had the worms, we kept them outside. I sorta snuck the bin inside one day while he was at work (he kept telling me worms were outside pets! Imagine!), and moved it to the bathroom.… Continue

Added by Lisa Cota on July 13, 2009 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

First Harvest

I began my first 18 gal. worm bin three months ago. Sorry I haen't updated sooner, but I have spent many nights lurking on these forums and blogs. My bin has done well. I avoided the two most common beginner mistakes; over-feeding and over-watering. To avoid this I have probably underfed and kept the bin too dry at times. But since starting I have not had a drip of leachate, no wanderers (after the first week), no odors (besides the cabbage I fed them), and I have a three inch layer of… Continue

Added by Bryan Barnes on July 12, 2009 at 8:10pm — No Comments

8 Days Later...

It's been 8 days since I added new worms to my bin, I was hoping they weren't freaking out and escaping, surprisingly only one had wandered up and fell out when I opened. I checked the corner I usually put food around, and all the food I added was gone except the eggshells. I was so happy :) I put another load of food in, and am going to start asking friends to save scraps. I've only got probably 700 or less worms, but they seem to be liking and enjoying my bin. Very happy with the progression… Continue

Added by Michael on July 11, 2009 at 10:44am — 4 Comments

Wild red worms ?

Im a newbe to worms & wondering if anybody has some good close up pics of red worms. Do wild look differnt from bought worms ?

I found a bunch in some aged hay , I think they are red worms but not really sure. Also how many do I need to start

a 18 gallon 50 or 100 ok ? I no it will take some time to get it working good but it will grow in time right? or should I find more?

I also just bought 1# euros from bently , that should be ok in 18 gallon or should I put some of them in… Continue

Added by Doc Dougherty on July 10, 2009 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Newbe to worm composting

I am new to the worm composting. I tried to start a bin but i looked bad. Can someone give me some advice on how to get this started?

Added by Bob Cotterman on July 9, 2009 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

is it okay to feed your worms camel poop

i have never herd of any body feed is it because it is scares is it because its bad for worms?

Added by ellyo on July 9, 2009 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

first harvest

I harvested about 2 gallons of castings over the weekend. It took a while because I did the volcano method.
I sifted out some of the unfinished bits and have some really nice casting for the garden !

I refreshed their container , It was getting a little nasty. as a reward I gave them some banana, they seem to really like banana's

Added by Andy Hobbs on July 8, 2009 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

large scale vermicomposting

Does anyone know where I can obtain pics of large scale vermicomposting that is done in such places as Cuba. Although there are many articles on this subject, I can not seem to track down any pics.

Added by nachum hirschel on July 7, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

My first blog My first Vermicomposter bin....

It has been about a month since I started my bin. So far so good. I don't have a lot of worms and I have added to those that I bought at a bait store (they were real pricy!) by finding them feeding on the surface of my lawn and garden.



Those worms are FAT! I mean really huge!!!!! Maybe I picked up night crawlers? How can I tell them apart? I think I put in too much dirt and because I used a triple stacked bin system the top bin was getting so heavy in worm castings it was smashing… Continue

Added by Mackie Morgan on July 5, 2009 at 8:40pm — 3 Comments

Worms doing well

My worms seem to be doing very well. Am going to go play with my worms looking for eggs to collect for an upcoming workshop I will be presenting with a friend.

A couple weeks ago I put in half of a honey dew melon that I unfortunately let go bad in the fridge. Didn't check on it until a couple days ago to find that it was completely gone. They love it!

Happy worming all!

Added by Tiffany on July 5, 2009 at 1:34pm — No Comments

moving indoors

I had too much trouble keeping the bin cool in the garage..it was getting way too hot in the bin ....90's+
I moved the bin indoors. It has not been a problem so far . The bin does not smell or attract flys ,,and the worms are much happier in their 72f environment.

Added by Andy Hobbs on July 5, 2009 at 5:03am — No Comments

2nd layer

Well the compost in my first bin is starting to look pretty good now and nearly ready to harvest. The worms are also starting to wonder a lot more, prolly cause I haven't fed them in a couple of weeks. Although they're ignoring some rotten grape tomatoes.

I just started a second layer with bedding, a handful of soil and a head of rotten lettuce. It hasn't had time to mature yet, but I placed it on top of my first bin. I figure it can mature and any worms that have interest can start… Continue

Added by Celeste on July 2, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

travelling with earthworms

In a few weeks I will be travelling by plane and car from Israel to Ireland where I work with dairy farmers. I want to bring them some earthworms but I am not sure how to carry them in a suitcase. I have seen worms sent by mail in a plastic bag filled with peat moss or coir. Does anyone have a better idea or is this the way to put them in my suitcase? The travel time should be about 18 hours.

Added by nachum hirschel on July 2, 2009 at 1:44am — 3 Comments

Cuisinart, repurposed

I've been using my food processor to chop up the kitchen waste for the worms. Works well.

Added by Susan W on July 1, 2009 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

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