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August 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Took some pictures of the vermicompost

Today I uploaded some pictures from the first tray of the worm factory. I am not sure if I should add another tray with more food or just let them munch on whats left in the tray. Any suggestions?



Before mixed and fluffed the bedding.



After mixing and… Continue

Added by Element on August 29, 2009 at 8:57pm — 3 Comments

Goals

Vermicomposting... what is your goal?



* deal responsibly with the stuff you don't eat, so it doesn't go into the landfill and produce Methane?

* make free compost so you can grow stuff in your garden cheaper than buying prepared compost?

* learn a new green skill for a possible green commercial venture?

* raise bait?

* raise food for your fish?

* worms are my life



How ambitious are you about vermicomposting?



* willing to take a stab to… Continue

Added by Bill Ross on August 28, 2009 at 2:09pm — 22 Comments

Status: Improvement

I've made 4-6 of the fruit fly contraptions in the past two weeks, and most of the fruit flys have now left my bin(and my house :)). Big big thank you to Jeffrey for the video, it worked just great with a watermelon piece, and cut up old banana as bait.



I searched my bin, and most of the food that I had put in seems to be gone. Except I did notice a lot of cut up potato peels I had added, they must take longer to decompose? I've decided to give the whole freezing process another try.… Continue

Added by Michael on August 28, 2009 at 1:49pm — 14 Comments

Update on the worm bins

Late last night I checked on both of my worm bins. The older bin is do great! The worms are fat and happy and saw some stuff in the bedding/vermicompost that looks like eggs!



As for my newer bin, the worms are happier. The temperatures have dropped about 5 degrees and the worms are now running from the light when I open the bin now. I haven't feed them in several weeks since the been is so full that I can not add more bedding and close it propperly. I am not sure if I should go ahead… Continue

Added by Element on August 28, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Please see my page for

Please see my page for details on heater and cooler for a large worm bin.

Added by Barry Kopel on August 22, 2009 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The herds are doing great.

Just checked in on my herds and both bins are doing fine lots of adults in the first bin, and lots of little guys in the new bin. Both herds seem to be very happy. Fruit flys are at a very minimal level (only 2 seen free flying, not dead on the fly strip or in the bottle trap.) so my preventative measures seem to be working. I can't wait until my herds are large enough to start the third bin (an old potato bin from a garage sale that I converted.) Next spring I want to build an outdoor FT bin.

Added by tglassburner on August 22, 2009 at 5:51pm — No Comments

I month later.....

I just got 1 pound of Red Wigglers from Jeffrey, and started my second bin.

new worms



I am so stoked. My first bin is doing great, saw worms mating a few minutes ago also found cocoons earlier in the week. I started the bin with 1:1:1 ratios of Shredded Newspaper : Shredded Cardboard : Aged (1 year) Horse Castings + 1c sand + 1c dirt.

This is what I thought up when I started my first bin. I also put this in my new bin with "vent pipes" see my… Continue

Added by tglassburner on August 18, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Update

The worms seem to be wriggling along nicely. We were away for a week in Maine, came back, everything is status quo. SInce I took today to clean out the fridge, I gave the worms half a head of lettuce, 2 stalks desiccated celery, couple mouldy blueberries, 6 corn tortillas. I want to see what they do with the offering and how fast it disappears. I think I'm moving past the fretful stage. I haven't been feeding them a lot and may step it up to see what happens.

Added by Anna Rich on August 18, 2009 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Texas Heat

I was asked about the extraordinary heat we are having here in Texas as it affects our worms. We have the worms in a carport and up off the floor. We generally keep the beds covered with newspaper and we wet down the paper every day or two.

Using an electronic thermometer the highest temperature we have measured was 93' F. But typically in the range of 85 - 90 even on days with 104' or 105'

Bryce (father and field hand), Andrew (owner, son and gentleman farmer)

Added by bwelkin on August 17, 2009 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Catchin' up

Well, I haven't really used this blog as a blog as a lot of time has passed since I last wrote.



A poster asked if we were still worm farming and the answer is Yes! After all, you get them going and they don't require much maintenance.



The biggest change we have made is in the growing beds; we moved out of the refrigerator and into constructed boxes. We built 2'x2' by 4" frames and stapled hardware screen to the bottom. Then we used WeedBloc cloth stapled to the inside… Continue

Added by bwelkin on August 17, 2009 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Wish me luck

Wish me luck..my worms are supposted to be here tomorrow or the next day. I am set up for the arival. I have taken a igloo ice chest and turned it into a bin. I have a space at the bottom for catching the over watering and tea seperated by a board with holes drilled in it. I also have tubes running vertical for air in the compost. I am taking these fishing then the left over i will raise. So wish me luck on the fishing and the raising of the worms.
thanks.

Added by Barry Kopel on August 11, 2009 at 6:28pm — 4 Comments

Changing over to the 'Worm Bag'

I was getting tired of the worm pile harvesting method so I found Amy Youngs Worm Bag instructable on http://www.instructables.com/ Somewhere, I also found a 'self separating' method where you put down some black plastic in your bin, poke a bunch of holes in it, put new bedding and lots of food on top the plastic and the worms will eventually migrate up to where the food is. I tried this method for 2 weeks and I found it was not the best idea. First, the bottom of the bin became more compacted,… Continue

Added by Whatknot on August 8, 2009 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Three bins and counting

Hello Folks,

I started with a gallon containerfor a small amount of worms. I now have three large plastic totes with lots of worms. We compost all our kitchen scraps and lots of yard waste. The worms turn it all into wonderful worm compost. It is all a big win. Compost waste instead of throwing it away. Get great compost to add to my gardens and houseplants. And reduce the need for fertilizer. I hope to complete a three bin enclosure to protect the bins from rain and make access to the… Continue

Added by Stefan Mattlage on August 8, 2009 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

My 5-gallon mini flow through bucket

I have been given a couple 55-gallon plastic drums (one is now a tumble composter) and I plan on turning the other one into a flow through style vermicompost bin (as seen elsewhere on this site). However, I wanted to experiment a little first before tearing into what was a rather hard to find barrel. So I am experimenting with a 5-gallon bucket. Veteran vermicomposters may already be doing this (or perhaps know better not too----we shall see). I just followed the design of the larger bind,… Continue

Added by Josh on August 7, 2009 at 11:19am — 7 Comments

Checked my worms and they are doing so well

I checked on my worm today and I could not find any of my worms! I started digging through the Worm Factory and I found only several of them. I dug down and I found some toward the bottom. I then pulled the bottom out and found at least 50 - 100 sitting in the liquid waste catch basin. I tried to empty it but it was mostly a mud like substance w/ a mixture of bedding and vermicompost. most of the worms were not moving even when I pick up a few put them under the light. My guess is they drowned… Continue

Added by Element on August 6, 2009 at 7:08am — 6 Comments

New home and getting settled

It's been awhile since I updated. Since my last post, my husband and I had gone on a house hunt and we were lucky enough to find something nice that we could afford. So then came all the packing, moving and unpacking. Plus there was tons of work that needed to be done with the house including putting up siding, installing tiles on the front porch and trying to rebuild a garage. Did I mention that the house came with a good spot of yard and plants? Or course, all that takes time to care for,… Continue

Added by Amy on August 4, 2009 at 11:31pm — No Comments

White worms

Noticed this evening I have white worms in my compost bin. Fat little buggers they are. About 1/3 to 5/8" long. Will take a picture tomorrow. Is a good or a bad thing? Also, there a lot of fruit flies in the top bin. How should I get rid of them before I bring the worms in this fall when the weather starts to cool off?

Added by Craig Yeaple on August 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Compost Bin using only coffee grounds

I am about 3 months into my first (plastic bin) vermicompost bin and things seem to be going well (though my poor worms did struggle with some major noob mistakes on my part initially).



Now I am about to start my 2nd bin. I just received three 5-gal pails full of starbucks expresso coffee grounds. We regularly add our home coffee & filters to the initial bin, but I am considering trying to compost only with expresso used grounds in the second bin. No food scraps, no bedding, no… Continue

Added by Josh on August 3, 2009 at 6:41pm — 7 Comments

Checked in...

Last night I was reading up on here about bins heating up sometimes from the food, and that that can be a problem for the worms and they will try to escape. So, the time before last I noticed that the pocket of food, which happened to frozen, and then thawed over night and put in bin - was a little bit warm. So I checked on my bin last night, there was excessive moisture on the top once again, and a few worms were working their ways up and tyring to find a way to escape.



So, I put on… Continue

Added by Michael on August 1, 2009 at 11:09am — 11 Comments

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