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August 2013 Blog Posts (14)

Indoor Bin - No Drain Holes & Water

I think it's been almost a month now with my bin inside and it does not have drain holes.  I've been carefully monitoring the water and the worms are thriving.  



Tonight I did some digging for worms (going fishing) and discovered the bottom of the bins are wetter than I realized.  There are still quite a few worms living in it so all is still good.  So instead of adding more water when the top side gets dry, I'll just be flipping the wet stuff to the top to keep it…

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Added by Connie on August 29, 2013 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Shoe box report 4

Hi once again, hurrah I opened the shoe box today and found one hundred and eighty six capsules, six babies and three hundred happy and healthy worms.

It was fun and very interesting, the capsules were up the top to the middle, and the adults were fat and a good colour, down the bottom was two inches of good…

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Added by Christopher John White on August 21, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

Smells like Poop

Checked on my worms today and noticed one of the two bins smells a little poopy.  

Apparently I was in a hurry, or just lazy, when I prepped this bin so I didn't really shred the newspaper.  Just added wet long strips of paper that apparently attracted each other in the bin and and now are big slimy clumps.  The cardboard I added was bigger too, like 4-6" and they all stuck to each other also.  And it's a bit slimy too.

So yesterday I aerated the bin quite a bit. Broke down to…

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Added by Connie on August 17, 2013 at 4:11pm — 8 Comments

Day 11 Indoor RM BIN - no drain holes

Indoor bin is doing great! I've added water twice (6 cups the first time as it was too dry and worms were starting to leave. Second time only 2 cups in one bin- one side was a little drier than the other.) and am carefully monitoring the bottom of the bin to ensure its not pooling water. I've aerated the bin twice and try to move the wetter stuff from the bottom up to help the bin self regulate.



The wetter bins have brought a few more fungus gnats. The fly paper up is collecting a… Continue

Added by Connie on August 13, 2013 at 12:47pm — 13 Comments

Shoe box experiment report 3

Hi all, well I sprayed my room today using 2 control bombs, you let them go and go for your life, so I had to move the shoe box out side along with my plant. For the first time three worms were on top and digging down I found the rest around the food.

They are extremely healthy in movement and colour and the clintelium is risen as in breeding, also…

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Added by Christopher John White on August 11, 2013 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Try Australian worm growers ass vermiculture inc.

Hi this  is a very interesting site, I found on the int, it explains worm species and explains the names and classifications. And also www.compost -bin.org/earthworm-species/, this also explains about the wipe out of north American species wipe out in glacial conditions.

Eisenia  andrea is the red tiger worm which I don't think I have, Fetida I…

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Added by Christopher John White on August 8, 2013 at 6:22am — No Comments

Am I too wet?

My red wigglers are crawling up the sides of their bid. I have small white bugs now too. might they be mites? They are also not eating much. They being the worms.
Any advice?

Added by Christopher Dietz on August 7, 2013 at 6:25pm — 4 Comments

Mass Exodus - Hubby Survived!!!

I moved the worms to an indoor bin (no bottom drain holes but with ventilation) a week ago and have been monitoring the moisture level twice a day. Apparently it wasn't moist enough for them as I discovered a mutiny tonight.



We keep the worms in the basement bathroom, which I not so affectionately call "the creepy room". Spiders live there, need I say more? Before bed tonight I tell my husband we must go to the creepy room before bed. Yes, it's too creepy, I don't go by myself....… Continue

Added by Connie on August 6, 2013 at 10:20pm — 10 Comments

A new experiment Report 2

Hi I  am reporting  on the shoe box experiment, they are very happy still, just to review there is 300 worms living in a shoe box, they are on there second feeding now, the first lot was fruit skins well cut up, now they are on  a half sausage, it has been in the box for a week and they are now heading down to that.

Also I have added a thin layer of castings as the new bedding would take a while to develop a the micro…

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Added by Christopher John White on August 3, 2013 at 4:41pm — 4 Comments

Beneficial Nematodes

I have a small problem with fungus gnats and fruit flies. I've heard that Beneficial Nematodes can help with it but I'm not really sure what it does.  Does this mean I end up with maggots in my bin? Are there different types that address different issues? 

I've got two containers with a very ripe banana covered in saran wrap with small holes in them but they don't seem to be attracting these nuances.  So would Beneficial Nematodes be the next step?

I have…

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Added by Connie on August 3, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The Poop Cycle

I can't believe someone made a video on this. I had to share. LOL

http://videos.digg.com/post/57159349284/what-happens-to-poop-after-you-flush-it#_is=yyjg2q96zdwuult2qpg55a8in

Added by Connie on August 2, 2013 at 8:58pm — 6 Comments

New Worm Bins RM - Indoor

Just moved all my outside RM worms to two new RM bins inside. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't find a lot of creepy crawlies. One of the outdoor bins had a HUGE spider that made the bottom bin (worm bin with bottom holes drained into this bin) home. Got rid of itand all the baby spiders I found and am pretty pleased.



The only air holes in the new bin are in the top side of the bins. I hot glued landscaping fabric around it to help keep bugs out.



I still have a… Continue

Added by Connie on August 2, 2013 at 1:04pm — 10 Comments

Escapees

I had a worm sitter for a week while I was on vacation. When I came back I found about 10 dead escapees on the patio, something I've never had before. The week that I've been back, I have a few escapees a night and I can't figure out why. This am and tonight I found one slither past the back door so I put them back in.



I am finding that since I've been back the new playground for many baby worms has been the underside of the Rubbermaid lid. It also has a lot of worm castings on it.… Continue

Added by Connie on August 1, 2013 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Bokashi

I went to a demonstration at our community center where a guy showed an anaerobic composting system called Bokashi.  Using microorganism impregnated bran flakes, it basically pickles the food scraps by allowing the target microbes to penetrate the food in an environment where it outcompetes other organisms in a tightly enclosed bucket.

After a month of  pickling, the scraps are then burried in the ground or fed to other organisms which break the scraps down into compost  in a…

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Added by Metqa on August 1, 2013 at 3:04pm — 3 Comments

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