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July 2010 Blog Posts (25)

Shallow Tray Vermicomposting

In the blue bin is a few gallons of old horse manure/leaves mix. This was stored outdoors and was fairly dry. Most of it is sawdust & leaves with only a few discernible horse pucks. I found one big earthworm and put him in the garden. Next to the bin is about 50 lbs. of UCG and a quart of molasses solution. Both the UCG & manure mix were at 63º F. I mixed the molasses with water from a hose that was out in the sun, so the solution was over 100º.…

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Added by Andrew from California on July 31, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Three months and a pound of worms.

I've never really kept detailed statistics (weight of worms, amount of food, etc.) about my worm bins. I decided to give it a try. I'll keep records of the weight & volume of food scraps that go in and what eventually comes out of a new bin. It's a static tote bin stocked with a pound of worms. This is not a stackable, upward migration bin. It's just one bin that will be up-ended and harvested in 3 months.



Starting materials:

• Two storage totes (14 & 16 gallon)

• a… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on July 30, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Bin used for step stool!!!

We are in the process of moving but aren't living in the new house yet... but my worms are. I figured they'd be just as happy over there in their new basement home, away from all the hustle & bustle. My system is three 5-gal buckets, two with holes drilled in them and the bottom one just a catch bucket.

My husband met someone over there yesterday to fix the water softener, which was leaking... it had to be replaced and my husband decided to have reverse osmosis installed…

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Added by Terri Hamilton on July 30, 2010 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

Sharing Worms

My wife and I were just discussing that to date we've given away and sold a total of 5 lbs to friends and new friends (previous strangers). The sales have given us a chance to basically recoup our initial investment in the hobby.

I sold 1/2 lb for $17 to a few and 1 lb for $26 to some others. I'm out of worms right now except for about 3 lbs of my personal supply and I actually have a "waiting list" of people who want to buy them. Pretty cool.

My…

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Added by bpearcy10 on July 29, 2010 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

Why is it so hard to find a compost thermometer?

I went to 3 different stores today looking for a compost thermometer and had no luck. You'd think that living in rural Michigan I'd have no problem finding one but I had to settle for a meat thermometer. At any rate, I checked the temp in my 2 worm bins and the cardboard box holding the harvested VC wating for the cocoons to hatch. I also took the temps in my pre-composter buckets for laughs too. Here are the results:



Outdoor bin: 77.9 degrees where I fed them last, 73 in a more… Continue

Added by Christy Welch on July 29, 2010 at 8:32am — 4 Comments

Homemade Trashcan Composter

I can compost all our foodscraps and newspaper, but the grass, leaves, and twigs are too much for my worms. So I'm going to make a trash can composter to compost these separtely. Anyone made one of these?

Trash Can Composter…

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Added by bpearcy10 on July 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Two Vermi Experiments

I started both these small worm bins on July 20, 2010. I'll post updates when something significant happens or once a month, whichever comes first. I'll end the experiments in 3-4 months and examine the worms & VC.



Worm reproduction

Quoted from: http://mypeoplepc.com/members/arbra/bbb/id13.html

"In the wild, when worms are stressed by… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on July 25, 2010 at 2:26pm — 3 Comments

Question???

Hello everyone.... I know you cannot give your worms to much citric acid... Does Mango have citric acid?

Added by Diana on July 24, 2010 at 7:11pm — 7 Comments

progress

I have no drain hole in my bins ,so i'm begining to pick up some excess moisture.. I decide i'll sop it up with some sponges. I got some at the .99 store and placed them in the 1 bin to see how they would work. The next day got quite a bit of water, so every day after work wring out the sponges . this seemed to work well untill I got busy and kind of forgot about it for a while. Yesterday I went to squeeze out water and found only part of one sponge. I think they ate them. I can't figure what… Continue

Added by ron tweedie on July 24, 2010 at 7:08am — 2 Comments

Trying the mixing method

The bedding in my FT finally dropped some from when i harvested almost 3 weeks ago so i made up a batch of manure.



Now usually i just add a bag of composted steer manure and add a layer of shredded paper and call it good. But this time around i decided to try the mixing method i have been reading about. Where you soak the manure and cardboard/paper together then add a layer.



Well i didn't have all the stuff i would have needed to make homemade manure, or a big enough… Continue

Added by Eve on July 22, 2010 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

Worm Keepers Convention

My husband and I needed to go back and forth to Chicago every day last week - about a two hour commute each way for us, if traffic is slow, so it gave us time to chat. And of course the conversation eventually turned to worms.


After I had waxed poetic on the pleasures and pitfalls of worm…
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Added by Antonia on July 22, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Two observation bins now.

Stirred up the observation bin so much that the coffee grounds got mixed in with the bedding. I hear that's not a great idea. Left it overnight anyway. In the morning the worms didn't look quite as lively as before. I thought, oh no, I killed them! But no, they were still ok. Wanted to put them into fresh bedding without the food mixed in though. Out of obsessive curiousity, I took inventory as I was taking the worms out of the moss-plus-coffee-grounds bedding:

adults:…

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Added by pyper on July 22, 2010 at 12:06am — 1 Comment

Crockpot Worms

Back in the day, I used to read Mother Earth News, back when it was cutting-edge-hippie-cool.
I was about 12.
Honest.
Anyway, I remember an article about slow cooking in your compost heap, where, if you were composting correctly, you should be generating enough heat that you could bury a casserole pot full of raw veggies in the morning and come home from a hard day at the homestead to find your compost had cooked supper for you-- All you had to do was layer your browns…
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Added by Antonia on July 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

mass death :(

after feeding them regularly, the population flourished as before. huge mounds of mating worms here and there. fat, long worms huddled up in huge bunches.



i started to notice that the moisture level was getting a bit too high, but they seemed happy and fine, so i didn't take immediate action. i planned on putting the holes in my old bin, but the thought of sitting outside in the summer heat didn't appeal to me, so i just waited...and apparently the summer heat didn't appeal to the… Continue

Added by rickie on July 19, 2010 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

Experimental observation bin

Last week I started an observation bin in a 4 qt clear plastic Cambro container. I made a cardboard box to fit snugly around it so the worms will be in darkness except when I take the lid off or lift out the bin to look at it. For bedding I used commercially available green moss, sold in a…

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Added by pyper on July 19, 2010 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

When worms fly...

I was on my back porch sifting through the VC for the garden, sorting out worms and stuff, when the neighbor's 5 year old daughter came over to see what I was doing. I told her about how the worms make the soil better and eat leftovers, and to my surprise she actually appeared interested. She just sat and watched, more excited than I would expect.


After a while, she looked at the rather large pile of worms I had collected and commented, "Gee, someday you are going to have a…
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Added by Antonia on July 19, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

6 weeks in

I haven't posted anything before, but I wanted to share our progess. The only family member I could enlist in my efforts is Chad, my 22 year old autistic son. We've been at this for 6 weeks now, and our worms seem healthy. At least there are no complaints and I'm not finding any dead ones! I'm adding a couple of pictures. Chad only looks like he's in pain. That's because of the camera, not the worms!…

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Added by Kaye Pepin on July 16, 2010 at 11:40am — 7 Comments

Vermicomposting biosolids

Hello fellow vermicomposters! I have been a long time fan of this practice and have had much success and joy with small scale home bins. Now that I am a wastewater operator at the San Luis Obispo Reclamation Facility, I have been introduced to an injustice too large to ignore. We pay a local ag company to haul away our solids, which turns arround and sells a mixture of these solids for a profit. The city is definately on the losing end of the deal. Wastewater will never cease, and most…

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Added by Christopher A Lehman on July 15, 2010 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

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Added by Rokku on July 15, 2010 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

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