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September 2010 Blog Posts (34)

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 — 18 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 — 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 — 7 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.







But on a… Continue

Added by Jay on September 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 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 — 8 Comments

Teaming with Microbes, a book review



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Added by Don Dillon on September 21, 2010 at 5:50am — 9 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 — 7 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 — 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

Food for thought

http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/16-06/ff_heresies_intro

Wired magazine put this out a few years ago. Some interesting points were made.

Added by Jason Kalka on September 15, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

forcing my family to comply...haha

I have been bugging my sister to start a worm bin and convinced her that it would be a good project/pet for the kids. Shes in San Diego (perfect worm weather) so I can't help her out but she made her own bin our out of a plastic storage bin. I sent her you tube videos and some instructions on what to do and made sure she educates the kids not to cut the worms in half. I'm so glad that I was able get someone else into worming, but she calls me up today at like 9 am and was like I put shredded… Continue

Added by Jay on September 14, 2010 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments

Worm Castings

Vermiculture and Worm Casting
Worm Castings
Worm castings are the end product after worms have digested the remnants of decaying plant matter, animal manure or other organic materials such as leaves, twigs, vegetable scraps, etc. Worm castings are rich in water-soluble plant…
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Added by Don Dillon on September 14, 2010 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Mentioned in another blog

I was recently mentioned in a blog by Fertile Crescent Farms, a local organic farm that has several outlets including farmers markets, CSA's and more. Adam and his wife, Darbi, are purely organic and this year have started using compost teas quite effectively for his crops. I've been giving him VC from my bins to create his tea and he just raves over how active the tea is when using my worm castings.
GLOAT ;) I'm so proud of my worms, hehehe.


Anyway, here is his…
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Added by Don Dillon on September 14, 2010 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

My Mini Flow Through!

I couldn't help myself; I went shopping at buy'n'large err Walmart in search of a flow through bin materials. It was a tough decision, given that I am of the opinion Walmart is evil incarnate, but I puckered up and went shopping. I bought a 13 gal garbage can, some wooden dowels a can of spray paint and a jigsaw. All in all it cost $52. I probably could have done without the jigsaw, which cost $30, but who can resist an excuse to buy a new power tool? Besides, it made my life easier. I wanted… Continue

Added by Steven on September 12, 2010 at 3:56pm — 27 Comments

Isopod Bin

I need to make a blog here about when and how i started my isopod bin:

Started: July 27th/2010 With five isopods

Now:September 12th/2010 Now have 20 in one bin and 32 in the other. The one that has 20 just had babies so its at around 28 now. Pretty good for 79 days am i right? They've made me some good IC Isopod Compost.

http://isopodcomposters.ezboards.co.uk

For more updates.

Added by cody on September 12, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

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