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October 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Second batch of worms are here

At 4:30 PM Eastern Time Tuesday night I placed an order for 4 pounds of reds from vermitechnologies.com. I immediately got an email confirmation of the order. That night I got an email that said the worms would ship out in the morning, they would send me a tracking number when they shipped the worms, and I would receive the worms on Thursday. At around noon on Wednesday I received an email with the tracking number. Today (Thursday) the worms arrived. The… Continue

Added by Carl on October 30, 2008 at 3:44pm — No Comments

October Garden

I pulled out two tomato plants that were doing nothing. Hung one upside down in the garage and the other is in the compost. One is still in the garden, I trimmed lots of branches w/ no or small fruit. I want the remaining large tomatoes to ripen , I don't need any more to flower. I'm going to start wrapping it up at night w/ hot water bottles.



Started a second compost pile. The good thing about mowing OPBL is it leaves lots of OM on the lawn too! I dumped a few inches of leaves on… Continue

Added by RJ_Hythloday on October 28, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

MY TERRIBLE LAWN !!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I got hold of a spike roller (see pic) to try and get my lawn to improve a little. Since we moved in we have been had a constant battle with creeping sorrel. Now it is finally 95% erradicated ( I hope) and I can start trying to get the lawn to grow. Now this is the problem. The grass is kikuyu. The house used to be a holiday home so it was not really taken care of. The lawn was so hard in places that the spikes on the roller could not penetrate. It took a thorough soaking to get the… Continue

Added by Michael on October 28, 2008 at 7:48am — 6 Comments

Black Soldier Fly Larvae & Worms

I have done the research about the BSFL & realize that the worms and the BSFL work well together, but the end product is not like the worm castings and I am unclear as to when to harvest, how to harvest and if the castings can be used in the same way. The environment is really wet from the BSFL and I know that is not always the best for the worms. I make sure and add in paper, etc when it gets to moist. Its just sludgy. I use the worm factory and i know that once upon a time there was… Continue

Added by Ade on October 27, 2008 at 5:15pm — 6 Comments

Red Mites vs. Swiffer

Red Mites lose.

Perhaps it was very silly of me to keep two oranges on the floor next to my worm bin. The good number of red mites had found their way out of the bin and onto my floor and onto my two unfortunate oranges. I'm completely fine with red mites in my bin (as long as they stay in the bedding!) and I think they're a really valuable piece of the worm bin ecosystem, but the darn critters didn't quite grasp the boundaries of that ecosystem.

So I brought out the Swiffer--ok I… Continue

Added by Linda Zhang on October 25, 2008 at 12:44am — 3 Comments

we're off to the races!

I received my worms today.



A pound of red worms ordered from Bently's Red Worm Composting page arrived in a USPS Priority Mail box, stuffed w/ shredded paper, with the worms in a canvas bag and some soil-like material.



After cutting the bag's zip tie, I looked into the bag and hoped the worms were alive. I couldn't readily tell if any didn't make it from the trip from where ever they came from. The… Continue

Added by enjay on October 23, 2008 at 9:52pm — 9 Comments

Lots of 'milestones'

Yesterday marked the end of my first month of vermicomposting. So far everything is going really well. My only issue is the flies, but I haven't tried the t-shirt trick yet. I think that will be my next step for the week. It wouldn't be so bad, except the bin is in my kitchen, right next to the dinner table. Right now I have the ACV and Dawn thing working for me. I'm contemplating putting a dish of it on top of my bin. LOL. The food I added today was frozen for over 2 weeks, but the second it… Continue

Added by Kayla on October 21, 2008 at 11:39pm — 2 Comments

Worm bin sludge situation

I looked in the bottom tray of my flow through worm bin a couple days ago and noticed there was a log of semi-solid material in the bottom tray and tons of worms. It seemed like they were living fine in that soup, but yesterday I decided to try to clean it up and get the worms back into the main tray.



This is what the bottom tray looked like while I was cleaning it out:…



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Added by Steven Chow on October 21, 2008 at 10:01am — 8 Comments

The Great Escape

I've had the worms in their bin for three days. I figured it was about time to try turning off the lights. After a couple of hours I checked them out and found them crawling up the walls of the bin. So I figured there was something about the bin they didn't like. It turned out that once again the bin was too dry. Even though I pumped a gallon of water into it this weekend it keeps drying out. I checked deep in the bedding not just at the top and it was too dry. So I give them more water. After… Continue

Added by Carl on October 20, 2008 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Worms settling in and new worms on order

The first batch of worms have been in their home for a day now. They are spread out throughout the bedding fairly evenly, judging by the four or five spots I checked. A handful have found the rotten banana, but there aren't that many there.



Looking at how many worms came in that first order, the size of my bin and the volume of worm food I can provide I decided to place a second order for worms. The first order was placed with Happy D Ranch.… Continue

Added by Carl on October 18, 2008 at 9:22pm — 5 Comments

Worms are in their new home now...



Two pounds of EFs have arrived and are in the bin. I've given them shreaded newspaper, torn cardboard and one rotten banana. I've left the top open and a light on.



Now if I can just leave them alone for a while...

Added by Carl on October 17, 2008 at 8:20pm — No Comments

I guess I'm a typical American

I really am impatient. How can I be expected to wait for days for the delivery of my worms? lol Any day now...

I guess I need another project to keep my mind off this for now. Perhaps I'll build a solar hot dog cooker with my daughter.

Added by Carl on October 15, 2008 at 12:59pm — 3 Comments

Arghh Flies!!

There are so many little flies in my worm farm at the moment - they're driving me nuts. Each time I poke my head in to see what's happenning in my man-made ecosystem, I get a swarm in my face.

My plan is to make a milk bottle trap with a vegemite and orange juice concoction inside to try and lure them away.

I suppose I should just be happy that the worms are doing well, with lots of cocoons and babies a good sign for the future. Now if only I could view them in peace!

Added by Lisa Fletcher on October 15, 2008 at 3:40am — 7 Comments

Yay! Worm home built and worms ordered

This evening I buckled down and built a home for worms. I went with a design based on one I saw on Instructables.com. Mine is wider, has a shorter bag, and is much more quick and dirty. I'm wondering if the landscape fabric I used will be strong enough. I did use four layers, but it may still turn out to be too weak. We'll see.



I had some 2x4s and some landscape fabric laying around so… Continue

Added by Carl on October 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Biding time

Until my scale gets here! LOL! When I ordered the scale I ordered a couple of other things that I needed, and those have all showed up, just not the scale!

But I did add some food scraps this week, and I separated out a chunk of watermelon to see how quickly it went away and I've been taking pictures daily with my cell phone! Very fascinating!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3…

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Added by Kayla on October 9, 2008 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

They've Arrived!

My worms came in the mail last week! I bought them from Bentley and I’m really happy with them. During their first night in the bin, I’d say about 50 worms made a dash for freedom and fortunately, only one unfortunate soul succeeded. A lot of them were crowded around the edge and I think they were a little suffocated since my bin doesn’t have good airflow. I removed the covers to the two holes that came with the bin and it’s been alright for now, well that’s a lie. There is always a couple—by… Continue

Added by Linda Zhang on October 4, 2008 at 7:52pm — 4 Comments

Still figuring it all out

I'm on day 11 of my worm factory. I'm completely enthralled! LOL! Who knew wormies could be so fascinating?

I'm going to start keeping track of the weight of food we're putting in each time and I guess there's no place like here to do that, huh?

I just bought a kitchen scale (a very fancy one, but I figure it'll get a lot of use in the kitchen as well. And with DH deployed, I'm sure it'll get used as a postage scale every week or 2.) So hopefully that will be here in the next week or… Continue

Added by Kayla on October 3, 2008 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

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