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July 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Lots of cocoons, no worms in raised bed

I have two raised gardens and I innoculated both with worms this spring.  It was a mix of wigglers, africans, and jumpers.  I put probably a thousand in each quantities of each type is unknown.  However, given the mix I would expect the jumpers to be in my garden at the very least.  Today I hoed it up and I found ZERO worms anywhere I looked, however, I did find a LOT of cocoons in the dirt. 

Did my garden get too hot to sustain the worms so they have either left or died?



Added by Brett M on July 31, 2012 at 1:17pm — 3 Comments

My Euro bin!!!


      Hi, Worm Guy here;  I just harvested my first Euro worm bin, man, did i get a surprise when i checked how many worms i had!! Started with one pound of Euros, about 250 to300 worms, when i weighed them i had over five pounds of worms, didnt count them, but must be over a thousand, and that was in just over two and a half months, more than enough to start two or three new bins!!!

Added by Lewis Seamon on July 28, 2012 at 10:46am — 7 Comments

another bin

well when i first started out in june what i was reading ppl say they just used a spray bottle to wet there bins,,thinking thats all i needed thats how i was keeping mine moist not knowing it was bone dry from what my bin needed,,loosing at least 3/4's of what i had i am rebuilding back up,,i have 3 bins now the first one a 35 gallon which have what juveniles there are in there ,,a stackable for what i have transferred adults too and a new pretzel container that i had put 80 worms and maybe…


Added by Jerry on July 28, 2012 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Still wearing gloves. One day I'll go barehanded I just started my worm bin (3 weeks) and I'm not the kind of person that loves to grab a bunch of worms and hold them. That kind of stuff I really avoid. But I have major respect for the worms and love what they do as far as reducing waste and giving back VC. It's such an awesome cycle!

But I wear disposable gloves when I'm in and around the bin and have yet to go barehanded. I know I sound like a wuss and I'm sure I'm going to have to do it sooner or later. I picked a big…


Added by Emilio on July 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Accidental Tea-ing

In my first brewing of worm tea I accidentally sprayed a maple sapling that was growing in a bucket of soil that I wasn't using. That seedling started growing more leaves right away, and now is much larger and full of leaves. I have never seen so many large adult sized leaves on such a small sapling. 

I mention this because perhaps as early as next year I will want to grow a couple Gingko biloba trees from seed, and with worm tea, they should get to a harvest-able size much faster. I…


Added by Elliot Somers on July 23, 2012 at 7:37pm — 3 Comments

The Great Worm Experiment - Month 2

As someone commented on another entry, it's been almost a month since my last post. As far as I can tell, my worms are doing just fine. As I mentioned in my last entry, we got a trash can to use as a hot compost/pre-composing bin. When I bought it, I didn't realize exactly how much organic waste we had sitting around. We dumped a lawn bag full of grass clippings and weeds that had been pulled from the back yard into the can and that nearly filled it. I was able to add some leaf debris from…


Added by Sylvere ap Leanan on July 22, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Small scattered feedings with bedding vs. full bin which is more productive?

For those that enjoy an excuse for messing with their worms you probably will skip this comparison trial or go bonkers not being able to keave them alone. For the 10% of the forum members still standing give this a try.

Set up two identically sized bins (a shoebox is way too small) in one bin place a two inch layer of composted bedding/food. Each day monitor their feed and add food and bedding in 1/2" layers as the worms need, plus a little to maximize their growth.

In the second bin… Continue

Added by Rich Feiller on July 20, 2012 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Vermicomposting at urban homes-19 July 2012

I live in a flat. 4th floor. limited space. i have 3 vermicompost arrangements at home. Mud pot (3 year old project), approx 20 gallon, 200 gallon Water tank (2 month old project), a small plastic container, approx 10 gallon (3 month old project).

I had been putting fresh kitchen waste into my earthen pot for over 3 yrs with a few worms gifted by my friend. hardly paid any attention other than wetting it once in awhile. The fact that the worms survived encouraged me a few…


Added by Bijli VM on July 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Update on my 8*4*2 feet vermibed - 19 July 12

Dear all,

its been over 3 months since i have installed my vermibed (commercial name as given by manufacturer). The bed is 8*4*2 feet. My worms were limited and hence i am filling up the bed slowly. Its just over one-third capacity now. worms have certainly multiplied. Tried kitchen waste along with other garden waste. Progress was slow. Now has limited worm food to:- alternating layers of green and brown. Goat manure/ garden leaves for green and wood husk (finer than wood chips)/egg…


Added by Bijli VM on July 19, 2012 at 3:18am — No Comments

getting hot

temp's been flirting with triple digits,so far so good.

Added by ron tweedie on July 15, 2012 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Growth experiment


After 7 days...    Vermi 25% - soil

After 14 days....…


Added by stefanos on July 8, 2012 at 4:19am — 4 Comments

1 Month & 5 or 6 days

I set up the apple cider vinegar + dish soap traps and fly paper all over the FF areas and I'm seeing a decrease in them for sure. I also lift off the new cardboard "lid" off the bin and stir things up so they'll come flying out and swarm the bathroom they're kept in before replacing the bin cover so they can't find their way back in there (I can't believe how many of those little _______'s are in there...buried down within the Contents...). Then shut the door so they can fly around in there,… Continue

Added by Alice on July 6, 2012 at 4:28pm — 20 Comments

Holy Crap, I'm a worm rancher!

Well, I finally can admit to myself that I have become a worm farmer/rancher.  Last year I started a DIY worm bin that was stackable made out of buckets and some ingenuity that I copied.  I didn't do so well, not because the bin didn't work, it worked GREAT, but because I met a girl and forgot to water/feed my worms!  OOPS!!!  So I guess I am also a worm mass murderer... 

This year I decided I'd try to make that right so I bought a 3x3x3 compost bin from Lowe's and I put about 3 lbs…


Added by Brett M on July 2, 2012 at 8:01pm — 1 Comment


Checked health of squirmies last night since our daytime temps have been over 100F and night temps have been in mid 70'sF. OMG!! looked like ALL of them were either on the sides of the bin or working their way there. (shudda taken a pic..grrr) Had the bin in an outdoor workshop, which is semi-insulated, but not air-conditioned. Have been monitoring the temps in there and have been mid 90's. Figured the squirms decided to find a cooler locale. Decided to move the bin indoors, to my little…


Added by Jay on July 1, 2012 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

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