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September 2010 Blog Posts (41)

California Dreamin'/ Windrow Part 1

I have been out of the loop for a while, but if my body has been neglecting my garden and the worms, my brain has been plotting, plotting...


I went to the basement to feed my neglected wormies the other day, thinking they would have appreciated the couple of weeks of Madame Destruction's absence. Instead, the worms were...well, ... swarming. I can't think of another word for it. And not just in one bin, but in all the bins but two. There was even evidence of failed…
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Added by Antonia on September 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — 22 Comments

Color change experiment almost a wrap.

I'm about to finish up my color change experiment.I still have to try and take some pictures,as soon as i can get a memory card for my camera.

But i want to post a couple of interesting findings.

The first is that the oatmeal doesn't do well in bottles.All the worms left that bottle.

Most bottles all have the same results.

In these tests i found out worms will lay cocoons virtually under water!

The coffee bottle had a more tan looking worm

But the…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 29, 2010 at 3:16pm — 5 Comments

My Worm Village

An empire in the making! Here's my wooden worm bin.




It's listing to starboard after many years on top of the ground. This has been my only worm bin, a gift from a friend, until I started the four buckets from a harvest in my compost pile. Notice the small army of sow bugs on the underside of the lid. They really help consume the food.…

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Added by Steve Lambert on September 29, 2010 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

E.P.T. (egg placement tubs)

For those of you who screen your VC.If you screen down to 1/8" for cocoons.You should think about just pouring the whole thing into a tub.Mixing tub,RM tub,etc.And you can either let them slowly hatch out in stages.Or use the rough leftovers from sifting to start new bins.

There is more babies that come out of cocoons than you even realize.In my personal tub.Even without using something like the melon method to find them in clusters,i found about 4 ounces of various size young…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 29, 2010 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

An Oregon Vermicomposter Is Checking In

I've enjoyed reading and seeing what other members are doing with their worms, bins, etc. and want to pass on what I'm doing. Someone may learn from my mistakes and success, others may comment and help me learn how to do something. I know I greatly appreciate what I've learned and observed from folks like Larry, Mark, and Andrew to name a few.


So here's what I'm up to: I finished my 55 gal. flow-thru bin two days ago, and now am working on a rotating separator/sifter. I…
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Added by Steve Lambert on September 28, 2010 at 10:40am — 8 Comments

Really

I go out with my my friend Saturday night to a bar and she introduces me to her friend (a guy ) as this is the worm guy..... I was like really?????? About ten minutes later she introduces me to her hot friend (a female) I was like you better have told her my real name and not the worm guy haha. I mean I'm all about saving the world but I'm not gonna open up at a bar with Hey I have lots of worms......where are you going??? I think that might send them running.







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Added by Jay on September 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

OH LAWDY!!!! Do i finally get a break??

Through balling up whole newspaper,torn big chunks of cardboard,adding large amounts of water twice a day,every day,etc.I have my large bin to about half harvesting.Even with putting all the harvested compost back in the bin,and adding manure and other food,it still dropped two inches.And why that matters is because i have been losing ground for a while.And winter is around the corner.It doesn't matter if i need to harvest some needed vc from the top.But if i scrape the bottom,it's sure to…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 25, 2010 at 3:46pm — 6 Comments

Manure....Natures food!

I wanted to post findings.I'm sure it could be done with cow manure too.But may also be climate.But any way!

If you look at my stackable tub experiment,you know it was july 26th.Well just a few days later,i divided the 5 pounds of worms into 6 of those tubs.And what i want to discuss is baby production.And as you know,that means more adult worms down the road.And next year i have to do an all out test on this one using bottles of cocoons with manure and single cocoons,vs a bunch of…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 24, 2010 at 4:09am — 12 Comments

EEEKK! Fruit flies by the dozens!

I have been buying a lot of fruit lately, now I have lots and I mean LOTS of fruit flies. This is totally unrelated to my worm bin lucky for me. So last night I went on a sweep and emptied my compost bucket (washed it too), and put all the fruit into the fridge. I also added a very deep layer of newspaper to my worm bin to keep them from getting in there. I hope that I have nipped this in the bud before it becomes a huge problem.

Added by Rebecca Wilson on September 23, 2010 at 8:04am — 10 Comments

Teaming with Microbes, a book review



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Added by Don Dillon on September 21, 2010 at 5:50am — 9 Comments

Ladybug Larvae, The best girlfriend you can have!............Sorry honey!

I just wanted to post a picture of a ladybug larvae.If you find one of these,make sure to put it back into your bin.They will eat fungus gnat and other larvae.I don,t have an answer rather or not if they would eat a baby worm.I doubt it but just don't know.I find these in my out door bins.The first one i ever found,i was glad i did my research before i killed it.I have found severail at one time on the inside walls of my worm tent.These beneficial bugs are welcome in my bin any time.Heck,if…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 21, 2010 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Ok, here are the pictures of the "Dillies" that I bought at the sporting goods store.

My local sporting goods store sells a small worm that they call Dillies. It looks just like the red-wiggler and is maybe just slightly bigger. Has anyone heard of this worm before? I bought some to fish with about a month ago, and then I put them in a Cool Whip container with some moist newspaper and a few veggies. They have almost completely composted everything that I put inside of the small container. They have even produced…

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Added by Micah on September 20, 2010 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Will It Compost?



Most of you have probably seen the "Will It Blend?" website that made the…
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Added by Cycle Jerk on September 20, 2010 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Amazing horse manure discoveries.

Picking up manure yesterday,i was pitch forking through the stuff.And you kind of go into one of those stages where you drift off.Even though you are doing something,you lose a split second or two.A sort of mindless day dreaming.Then all of a sudden i looked down at the manure fork,and what the heck?It was a large egg.Surely too big for a chicken.had to be a duck egg.

Then i got to thinking.Hot composting manure with an egg in it.No way i'm breaking it open to see if it was cooked or…

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Added by The Garbage Guru on September 20, 2010 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

Earth Box - Fall Wrap Up



Well finally the fall wrap-up of my Earth Box experiment.



In the end i only planted a couple pots without vermicompost mixed into the top 3 inches of the mix. One of them died and the other didn't do too well. So that says a lot for the vermicompost mix. The test pots of lettuce i started way back when there was still snow on the ground are…

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Added by Eve on September 19, 2010 at 6:18pm — 5 Comments

How long does it take for eggs to hatch

Does anyone know how long it takes for the eggs to hatch? And one other question... how old do the worms have to be before they have sex and make new eggs?

Added by Diana on September 19, 2010 at 8:09am — 5 Comments

Good News

Hello everyone I have good news... if you remember back to the first of June I lost over half my worms from the heat. Someone told me not to dump my casting I had because I might have some worm cocoons. Well it's been 3 months now and I'm still picking worms out of the casting. When I checked my second bin yesterday that I had put what worms I had left after the heat... WOW!!! I have soooooo many worms now I was soooooooooo excited and no one was home for me to tell.... oh…

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Added by Diana on September 19, 2010 at 7:11am — 2 Comments

That was unexpected!

I have had my worms for almost 2 years and they are in wooden bins in my basement. It stays relatively cool and last winter they got colder than I or they liked. So I decided I would try to keep my bins warm this winter and purchased a set of red rope lights which I installed in one of my bins to test, yesterday. I posted pics in the worm bin heaters groups, if anyone is interested,

Anyway, in my bin I have a very diverse ecosystem with worms, mites, springtails, and pillbugs.…

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Added by Michele on September 19, 2010 at 4:39am — 12 Comments

African nightcrawler babies

I've had this squirm of 500 E. eugeniae for just over 3 weeks. Even though I did not see them, it's very likely there were cocoons already in the bedding the worms were packed in. Some of these are already over an inch long, but today is the first time I've seen them against the glass. I counted 7 that I could… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on September 17, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Cloning

http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/guest-post/how-to-clone-your-herbs-guest-post-from-gayla-trail-of-you-grow-girl-120361

I've never successfully cloned a plant before. I needed some pointers, so I went to Gayla Trail's site yougrowgirl.com and looked around. She put up a link to this article which may prove to be a big money saver in the spring/early…

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Added by Jason Kalka on September 16, 2010 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

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