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August 2010 Blog Posts (33)

Starting a wormery populated by only cocoons

Yesterday I received over a hundred European nightcrawler (E. hortensis) cocoons from a fellow vermi-holic in Shreveport, LA. {Thanks, Pat!} I placed them in an incubator made from a clear plastic take-out container. I put a thin layer of damp coir, then a layer of my own VC before laying the paper towel with cocoons & bits of VC from LA. I covered that with the remnants of the paper towel and placed bits of apple on top. Hopefully as the apple slowly decays, it will signal to the cocoons… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on August 31, 2010 at 1:20pm — 15 Comments

Woo Hoo Free Mulch!

I know, I know: no telling where the source is coming from or if it's been treated, etc. Until fall comes it will have to do as a carbon source for my compost. I plan on raising my veggie bed with some of it. I mix the mulch (a good mix of leaves and wood chips) with the seemingly endless ammount of coffee grounds and filters I can find.

I filled my…

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Added by Jason Kalka on August 31, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Really Simple Syndication

I need to learn how to RSS this site. I am missing so much!

Ok, you guys, until I get RSS figured out, if you post anything interesting, message me to let me know.

Right?

Yeah...

Added by Antonia on August 29, 2010 at 9:01pm — 4 Comments

Worms purchased from online sellers: unpacking videos

It's tough to base a decision just on anecdotal reviews. Hopefully these videos will help. Please post if you happened to videotape the unpacking of a worm shipment.

Here's an excellent video on how worms are packaged for shipping. Skip to the 5:40 min. mark to see just over a pound of pure worm meat. A 2 cup measuring scoop is being used. I'm guessing they add 2-3 cups of peat moss. Both Bentley and Darren point out that shipped worms lose some water weight en route.…

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Added by Andrew from California on August 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Batter Up!



Today I wanted to clear out the packing peanuts bin, to take the baskets out and dump the contents into other bins to finish up.


The gnats had taken…
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Added by Antonia on August 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

My First Indoor Worm Bin..."starring" Eudrilus eugeniae aka EE

I've made a few small indoor observation worm bins, but this is my first full-sized indoor wormery. Why choose African nightcrawlers? They have a reputation as a high-maintenance worm. They wander off for no apparent reason and demand a tight range of bin temps. Despite their supposedly temperamental nature, EEs are (arguably) a better choice than EFs for a vermicomposting system. If the proper conditions are provided, they can process waste and reproduce… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on August 28, 2010 at 12:00am — 55 Comments

The beginning

Well hello there worm world. This website is giving me a lot of firsts. This will be my first time composting using worms. I'm so excited. I thought I would never blog and here I am. Ok well this is nothing major but hey I have low standards. Ok back to the vermicomposting. I am starting from scratch. I found this wooden bin that I think I can use to keep the worms in. I will post a photo of it. Hopefully people can take a look and give me ideas. I'm wondering how many holes to drill and what I… Continue

Added by Reyna Christa Moreno on August 27, 2010 at 7:02pm — 3 Comments

My poor worms are going to be so neglected

I'm sure they're going to love the next 4 months or so since I'll be too occupied with nursing school to dig through my bin every day. School starts Monday!

Added by Christy Welch on August 27, 2010 at 3:50pm — 3 Comments

Break Out The Champagne!!!



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Added by Steven on August 26, 2010 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Worms on the run....

Everyone talks about when worms try to escape it means that there is something wrong with your system. The bin is a homemade storage bin and its outside so the worm that do escape I'm not very worried however there is probably like 2,500 worms or more in each bin and yet there always seems to be like 5 or 6 that try to run... especially after I stir things around and aerate the bin (once a week). There are worms at all layers of the bin but more within the top couple of inches of the bin. If… Continue

Added by Jay on August 23, 2010 at 10:20pm — 2 Comments

Farmers Market question

Would creating a Farmers Market / Flea Market group be allow on Vermicomposters? I just realized that this is probably a subject that many are interested in, and it really is a great first step into starting your worm business. I just question it because I don't know if groups about business related issues are a banned here. I'm not thinking of this as promotional group, but talking about farmers markets, stalls, setups, brochures, prices, packaging, communication, etc.

Added by Don Dillon on August 23, 2010 at 11:15am — 3 Comments

First Worm product sale ;)

We have plant stalls at 2 different farmers markets in Richmond every Saturday. Last weekend I was talking to a customer as he was buying strawberries and we got to talking about compost, and Compost Tea and eventually Vermi-Compost Tea. He had been making and using CT for some time, so I told him I'd bring him in some VC and he could try that.


I hadn't really thought about selling VC this year, but I thought, 'Hey, lets see what the interest is here in Richmond'. So I…
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Added by Don Dillon on August 22, 2010 at 11:22am — 5 Comments

Info on African Nightcrawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae aka EE)

I will be receiving a shipment of 500 African Nightcrawlers next week and have been hunting data on the 'net. As usual, information about a worm species is often unclear, inconsistent or downright inaccurate. Here's my collection of links and quotes. I've picked items that I think are accurate, but will revise the list if corrections are needed. …



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Added by Andrew from California on August 22, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Packing Peanut Bin Update: Now for Something Completely Continued....

Ok, so it has been about 10 days since I started the bin with two plastic baskets in a clear bin surrounded by pink packing peanuts (pink packing peanuts...say that 5 times fast). One bin contained semi-rotted food, and one contained worm-packed, almost-finished VC. (I wrote about it in a previous blog, with photos.)… Continue

Added by Antonia on August 20, 2010 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Revenge of the BSFL

So SteamyD(ad) hooked me up with a clean tote of worms. I let them sit for 2 weeks. Today I had some scraps to feed them and opened the tote. After I choked up the last of the massive swarm of gnats and blindly dragged the bin outside I started looking in the bin and low and behold there they are again! So...I'm thinking I can't really avoid them. I could put the bin inside where the flies can't get to it but then I'd have gnats in my house and that would defeat one of the big reasons I got… Continue

Added by Nepus Lewis on August 20, 2010 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Update on progress

Hi All:

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've been busy with other things and the worms really do seem to need very little attention.

Since my last post near the end of June, I've done my 6th, 7th, and 8th feedings. I have usually been feeding about once every 7 to 10 days, but a couple of times I have waited 2 full weeks. My last 3 feedings have averaged 83 oz. I have added some rock powder each time, and also more of the beneficial parasitic nematodes…

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Added by ReikiMaster60657 on August 18, 2010 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

She Gives Me Fever...

Why do others complain that getting they can't get their compost piles to heat up??
I can get my worm bins to heat by looking at them.
Its cantaloupe, not thermite, for pete's sake.…


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Added by Antonia on August 13, 2010 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

How dry I am... :-p

The other day I finally took time to check the worms properly (first time since well before the move), and found a whole bunch of them trying to flee!! crawling up the outside of the bin bucket and the inside of the catch bucket. (I think there were some dead ones, but I'm not sure. Only caught one whiff of a bad smell.)

Dug in the bedding and found it was way too dry. I added a couple dozen sprays of water. Dumped the catch bucket bedding in also, because it was very wet and full of…
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Added by Terri Hamilton on August 13, 2010 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

And Now For Something Completely Different

A while back, Steamyb told about "Karchita", who developed a way to have a bin with wine corks as a bedding.


She describes her bin this way: I…
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Added by Antonia on August 10, 2010 at 9:00pm — 31 Comments

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