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September 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Fall - sigh..

Despite all my planning for cold weather i wasn't expecting it to hit quit so fast. Just 3 days ago the weather was in the low 80'sF (25C). Two nights ago it snowed in the higher mountains. This morning i had to scrapping ice off the car windows.



It only got to 60 (15C) today. I was unpleasantly surprised to find my worm bin even colder when i got home this evening, 48F (9C). I still haven't bought the sheet insulation for the bin so i was forced to improvise. I wrapped the bin and… Continue

Added by Eve on September 30, 2009 at 7:50pm — 14 Comments

Its a small world

In town today i spotted a old Isuzu pickup with a "support global worming" sticker on the tailgate. My thought. Well its a small world and I'm not all that alone here abouts. Later during the 30 mile drive home i spotted the Isuzu again, right in front of me when turning off onto my road. Real surprised to find he only lives 3 miles from me. Kind of makes me feel like i am not so alone in this worming thing.



And then there was another nice surprise. A pile of horse poo in my… Continue

Added by Eve on September 23, 2009 at 8:23pm — 13 Comments

Fruit Flies Attack!

I just opened my bin after a week or so. I was swarmed by fruit flies. When I could see again it looked like all of my worms were trying to escape. My only thoughts are they ran out of bedding and were looking for a new home. So I need to remember to cover the scraps with bedding everytime I put some in. That will hopefully keep the fruit flies at bay and give the worms a new home.

Added by Rasky on September 22, 2009 at 6:57pm — 6 Comments

Harvest bin, Plant transplants, Start new trench

I started on a cloudy day and took my bin right out to one of my garden plots. I dumped about half a bin full onto the lid and set it out to start the worms' migration to the bottom.



As I planted broccoli and cabbage transplants, I scooped a handful of vermicompost off the top or side of the pile and sprinkled it around the drip zone of the plant. This took some time as there were loads of cocoons I didn't want to lose. I tried to handpick those out and add them directly to my new… Continue

Added by Heather Rinaldi on September 20, 2009 at 6:06am — No Comments

Cheating....

In my last blog a mentioned that i am thinking that a deeper bed of compost in my flow through will allow the baby worms to climb up to the top of the bin before the compost falls into the collection area.



I just discovered that the farm store i pass every day sells bags of compost and steer manure. Well it doesn't say it's steer manure but it sure smells and looks like half composted cow pucky. I had no idea that manure could be bought in bags this way. I got 6 bags and added one to… Continue

Added by Eve on September 19, 2009 at 6:59am — 17 Comments

New Friend

I was checking on the little guys today and found this newcomer. Not sure where he came from. I started my first bin in January, so my worms are not new. The only thing I can figure is he snuck in on some leaves or in some manure but I haven't used either in a couple of months. I am assuming he won't hurt anything and after his (her?) photo shoot, I returned him to the bin. I would have put him outside but it's starting to get cold and I felt sorry for him :)…





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Added by Michele on September 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Flow Through Update - four months on

I thought i should post an update and let you all how things are going with my Flow Through now that the 4 month anniversary is coming up.



The compost is incredible i harvested some compost from the collection area yesterday evening. This i believe is my third harvest. I didn't bother scratching any from between the bars. There was enough for my purposes already fallen out. I am planning to use the compost to plant raspberry's this weekend.



The FT is still running as… Continue

Added by Eve on September 16, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Getting Started as a new vermicomposter

Heres what I did.

1. I originally made my bins by purchasing them from Walmart for 4 dollars each, drilling holes and making bedding out of newspaper.

2. I ordered 2lbs of worms for 40.00 which included shipping, they were shipped on Tuesday and I recieved them on Friday, some did die but i contacted the place I purchased them from and Im waiting to hear back from them.

3. I got everything together and added the worms.

4. I found a 5 bin composter on ebay and actually won… Continue

Added by scott on September 13, 2009 at 6:05pm — 4 Comments

Harvesting Vermicompost

The worms are snug in their new bin. The tally: 738 worms weighing 9.42 ounces. That includes a lot of baby worms, which is good, because growing worms eat more food than their adult counterparts.





To harvest the compost, we first emptied the bin into piles. Worms automatically move away from light, so they congregate at the center of each pile. Then you can easily sift through the compost until you get to the ball of worms in the… Continue

Added by Brenda Pike on September 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

I check my worm bin earlier today and I found that some of my worms have gotten nice and fat.I also notice that a bunch of the eggs have also hatched,but I notice that there was still some food in th…

I check my worm bin earlier today and I found that some of my worms have gotten nice and fat.I also notice that a bunch of the eggs have also hatched,but I notice that there was still some food in the bin and I also notice that some plants have started sprouting from the left over potatoe peels,Iassuming that plants sprouting is a good sign of healty soil,but should I be concern that theres still food in there.And I was also wondering could I feed them cut up pieces of apples! Continue

Added by michael poston on September 7, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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