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July 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Hi a pure box of pe.s

Hi I have Just added a new box for pe's, I will change over the beautiful  blues from all boxes and  just keep it very pure.

The styro is 24 inches long and thirteen inches wide, they came out of a box 21 inches long and 13 wide. They ranged in length from 3 and one half long to 5,then I dropped the ruler and it came up cm's and they were large ones were 10 cm.

The colour was interesting they were all blue heads, the bodies were an interesting white with the blue stripe, with a…


Added by Christopher John White on July 31, 2013 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Doggy doo worm farm

It's been 3 weeks since I checked on this one and was thrilled to see it going strong. I buried an ice cream container in the backyard with banana scraps, newspaper and doggy doo. Plenty of moisture, food and some happy looking worms.

Added by Connie on July 31, 2013 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Spreading the Love

I started my first vermicompost bin a couple of weeks back and am completely and totally enraptured with my ~499 red wigglers. (Alas, a single lost soul was found under a chair after the first night's flight to freedom.) They immediately bounced back from their trip through the mail once they were bedded down in their Rubbermaid bin, and seem happy. They have plenty of newspaper and cardboard, plus a couple handfuls of local soil. I decided to give them just a few tiny bits of food at a…


Added by nikd on July 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Fruit flies

With the cool weather we have had in the last to weeks, I was hoping I might be able to move both my bins into the basement with minimal flying things. But no such luck. I have fruit fly traps now in both bins. Hopefully I can minimize the bugs and move them inside soon.

Added by Connie on July 30, 2013 at 6:16pm — 5 Comments

A new expertiment.

Hi I am trying a new experiment where I can observe closer and on time with the date, one month, and then three months.

I have set up a shoe box with three hundred worms, to be closer to them. I feed the same as the styro  boxes which is all the kitchen waste, fruit, meat waste, veg, paper towels, egg shells, rice etc. It then goes through the old mincer that grandmar used and fed to all.

My goal is to empty the city dump, so  all must go to the worms, in a form they can…


Added by Christopher John White on July 28, 2013 at 2:48am — 2 Comments

My lovely worms and operation.

Hi, this is my first sharing and I hope many more. I have six Styrofoam boxes of reds, blues and tigers, these are mixed boxes and are working well.

I feed a mix of house hold waste and make a mix through the old mincer I have  used for years, mixing the right amount of citrus, bread, vegetable, meat, and  kitchen paper, anything else I  can get my hands on.

My favourites are the blues, with there beautiful colour, and have found very large worms of this kind  at…


Added by Christopher John White on July 19, 2013 at 11:54pm — 3 Comments

Recommendations for Moving My Outside RM Inside

I couldn't believe my ears tonight when my hubby told me he would be ok with me moving my 2 RM bins from the outside porch to the basement. I figure I better jump on this before he changes his mind. Temperatures here are in the 90's so moving to the basement would save me time from daily ice packs to not worrying about heating the bins in the winter.

Question- how do I make sure, or minimize the bugs when going from outside to inside? I know I will need to be more conservative on… Continue

Added by Connie on July 14, 2013 at 9:06pm — 19 Comments

Baby Reds

Swapped out my frozen ice cream bucket this morning and there had to be at least 30 babies on it. So much so, that I had to leave it in the bin and find room for the frozen one. Once it warms up they will migrate over to the cooler spots and then I can remove it.

Added by Connie on July 10, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments


Am I just blind or am I just not seeing 99% of the cocoons in my bin? I am seeing some baby worms but only 2 cocoons. Grrrr

Added by Connie on July 8, 2013 at 10:24pm — 23 Comments

80 Gallon Flow Through Bin

Full album of photos is here.

It appears I’m a hopeless worm addict. Most of my free time (not spent with my wife) is spent tending to my worms, my garden and dreaming up new schemes to grow my herd and dispose of more waste.


In the spirit of diverting as much waste from landfills as possible, I decided to move from a single 45…


Added by Ben on July 8, 2013 at 9:00pm — 27 Comments

Huge Dilema

I have 500 red wigglers and 900 Euros in a RM container. They don't seem to eat as much as I'd like so hubby is threatening to get me my own freezer. My question is this, someone local I selling a 32 oz container of red wiggler for $10. Should I go for it? I dont want to out grown my bin too soon.


Added by Connie on July 8, 2013 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Canadian night crawlers

Had a GREAT day fishing today. My Euros are still too small to take fishing so we bought Canadian. Am thinking about raising these too.


Added by Connie on July 7, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Worm Babysitter

I'm getting ready to leave for Ragbrai in two weeks and due to the hot weather, some lucky family member is going to have to watch my worms. They are NOT looking forward to it. All they need to do is put a fresh ice pack in every morning and put the old one in the freezer. LOL

Just wondering, Am I the only one that gets worm sitters?

Added by Connie on July 7, 2013 at 5:27pm — 14 Comments

The Archaeopteryx (July, 2013)

because the early bird gets the worm!

The Official Free Newsletter of the CGCI Vermiculture and Vermicomposting Committee (VVC)



For almost twenty years, Starbucks has had a policy to recycle coffee grounds by giving them to gardeners when requested. This policy was adopted after a grass roots effort by customers…


Added by Paul Vander Werf on July 1, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ants & DE

I have a RM bin of red wigglers and Euros and I've been trying to get rid of some tiny red ants for about a week without success.  What surprises me is Diatomaceous earth isn't working.  They keep walking right through it and making themselves at home.  I live in Nebraska so these aren't fire ants, too. 

I've also added some water to the bin cuz I know that's usually a sign of a dry climate but it's not making any difference.  Since it's hot here, I'm putting a frozen ice…


Added by Connie on July 1, 2013 at 10:54am — 5 Comments

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