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August 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Compost and Vermicompost, What are they?

Compost is the process through which organic matter transforms from an unstable state to a stable state. To understand this, think about an apple that has fallen off of a tree and is left sitting on the ground undisturbed. The apple, although fresh and ready to eat when it falls from the tree, will not stay in this condition for long. Because the apple cannot stay in its present condition it is said to be in an unstable state. The apple has stored energy in the form of sugars, starches, and…


Added by Matthew Wilson on August 30, 2011 at 6:55pm — 3 Comments

Dear Oh Deer...


I have been up chasing a deer "family" out of my garden every night for the last week.  I watched the doe have the fawn from my kitchen window almost 2 weeks ago.  Had i known she would come back to the same spot to sleep every day i would have chased  her away before she'd had the fawn.  



Added by Eve on August 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

1 Gallon Food, one 13 Gallon FT

I normally judiciously ration my food additions to my tiny flow through in pre-blended portions. I'm feeling lazy and decided to experiment. Hopefully it doesn't end badly.


Added by Steven on August 26, 2011 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

Virginia Earthquake

So, there was a 5.9 earthquake centered about 30 miles from here just now.  Fun ride ;)  I wonder if this will freak out the worms and make them want to try to leave the wormbin?

Added by Don Dillon on August 23, 2011 at 12:23pm — 5 Comments


Hello everyone.... sorry it's been a long time but my computer died and I can not get to the blog from the I pad for some reason.

I have been asked to come to the schools to show them my worms and to talk about red worm composting.

I'm very excited about it, I have put…


Added by Diana on August 22, 2011 at 4:28am — 6 Comments

Questions I commomly get about worm farming and composting

Common questions people ask about worms and worm farming

Written by Matthew of Worms Etc on June 15th, 2010


Here are a list of emails that I have received and answered that I thought contained valuable information.

Question: Does the same rules apply to your night crawlers [as to red wigglers]?  And can they co-exist…


Added by Matthew Wilson on August 18, 2011 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Another score

To finish my backyard landscaping project, I need to remove a bunch of overgrowth, ivy, ground cover, etc.  I didn't have a lawn mower to help with this because the main drive for the new landscaping was to get rid of the lawn (LOVE IT).  I actually didn't mind mowing the lawn, it was very immediate satisfaction when finished (for a week), but I absolutely loath gas lawn mowers( breaking, upkeep, not starting....).

But I've been watching craigslist lately for electric mowers for…


Added by Don Dillon on August 15, 2011 at 5:54am — 3 Comments

Free Mulch

We had a big ol' limb break off one of our Maple trees in a storm a couple of weeks ago.  finally got to loading up the truck (filled the bed, it was a big limb) with the branches and took it to the dump.

I knew they chipped it and the mulch was available for taking, but is wasn't all that nice before, and you had to shovel it in if there was not a guy available with a loader.

All that has changed.  The mulch looks just like the double shredded stuff I bought last year (8 yards…


Added by Don Dillon on August 15, 2011 at 5:42am — 5 Comments

BSF grubs through a cold winter

I am busy trying to help my BSF grubs through the cold winter, and have them in a heated room.

They are currently in small plastic tubs after migrating out of the feeding area. They are crawing around in a mixture of dry oats and maize meal. Is this the best medium for them to pupate and hatch as flies? Alternatively - rice comes to mind.

I am sure people have done this before, but finding suitable resources is proving rather tricky!

Does anyone have any tips for a…


Added by Martin Bolton on August 12, 2011 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

Earthworm Egg Capsules, Red Worm Reproduction

Worms reproduce by a fascinating method which also helps ensure their future existence. Earthworms lay egg capsules in the soil usually near a good source of food. The neat thing about theses egg capsules is there ability to survive harsh conditions that would kill adult earthworms. Earthworm egg capsules can survive freezing, and dry conditions for extended periods of time. The egg capsules will hatch…


Added by Matthew Wilson on August 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Large commercial worm harvester

Large commercial motorized
earthworm harvester, 16 gauge
steel drum w/different screen
sizes which separate bed run
worms from mature worms, $600
nego. Jimmy Young, Eunice,
Acadia Parish; 337-457-5053.

Added by bob Fontenot on August 7, 2011 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Biospheric Foundation commercial worm farm

The Biospheric Foundation is about to build a commercial worm farm. Any suggests?

Added by Vincent Walsh on August 7, 2011 at 11:18am — 3 Comments

Do castings have a shelf life ?

I found an opened bag in the garage that must be at least 3 years old.


Is it still usable,or should I just discard it.




Added by George on August 1, 2011 at 10:26am — 5 Comments

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