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