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October 2010 Blog Posts (46)

2nd food favorites poll

I don't know why I find this to be so much fun-but I sure do-lifting up the newspaper each morning to see which food has hordes of worms and which seems to have none. Anyway, the favorite was watermelon followed by lettuce, peaches, green pepper, chinese cabbage, bread, swiss chard, carrots, alfalfa, and coming in last, paper shreds. Each pile was 1/4 c and spitzed with wt to make things like the paper and alfalfa more edible. Since rabbits pellets were the winner in the last… Continue

Added by jean kruse on October 30, 2010 at 7:18pm — 19 Comments

Fun Flow Thru for a child

As some of you may know, I collect empty egg cartons from where I work and as can be expected, that has elicited many questions. This has provided me with several opportunities to share the wonders of vermicomposting with my poor unsuspecting co-workers. One of my co-workers appeared more interested than disgusted so I offered to make one for her 7 year-old. She responded positively, so I went ahead and made one. My original idea came from Susan's of making an FT from a kitchen… Continue

Added by Garden Citizen on October 29, 2010 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

Deep Frozen Worms

Deep Frozen Worms -- 26 August 2010



This experiment was done with a mixture of EF, PE, and EE cocoons that were collected on 26 August this year.

They were stored in a pill bottle for 2 weeks, then on 09 September they were placed the deep-freeze for 24… Continue

Added by Peter Barnard on October 28, 2010 at 11:38pm — 5 Comments

Home Composting - Week 3

I can safely say that my worms have finally decided that their new home is comfortable enough to stay put. After some great advice from my new friends from this site (vermicomposters.com), I was able to coax my slithery friends to not attempt to escape anymore.



Changing from the coconut coir to just plain paper and fresh grass clippings, the PEs quickly settled into their new bedding. It took about 2 days for them to start feeding again and I was glad to see more castings appearing on… Continue

Added by nutzfactory on October 28, 2010 at 9:54am — 5 Comments

heat wave

last month it broke records for heat 115+ lost a lot of euros, but they seem to be comming back now.. Have plenty of yununs, but they're still trying to escape. There's a space built into the lid where it fits onto the container.,wonder if it's a good idea to seal it with rtv or the like . I have holes drilled into the top and filled with stainless steel wool for ventilation..

Added by ron tweedie on October 27, 2010 at 6:54am — 3 Comments

Pre-Fridge?

I've been wondering about renaming my pre-rot bucket to pre-fridge bucket...
The compost bin in the kitchen that I collect stuff in first is breaking down fine because it's at room temperature, but it's so cold outside that nothing seems to be happening in the pre-rot bucket!

Added by John Harrison on October 26, 2010 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Perionyx excavatus

On September 22, I took 100 PE’s and put them into this makeshift bin.

Today, one month later, here’s a progress report:-

Lots of baby worms around, but the big surprise was finding three large clusters of cocoons.

There were absolutely no cocoons spread around in the bedding, but many hundreds of them in three specific clusters.

Each cluster was centred inside a big chunk of newspaper.

Compared to other worm species, these cocoons are minute.

Some statistics:…

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Added by Peter Barnard on October 25, 2010 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

14 Day "castings" concept (excerpts from "Thoughts on Vermicompost"

I'll start with a warning that most of the material in this blog post are excerpts from an earlier discussion post. Ning threads "Discussions" differently than "Blogs", so this is for those who prefer this format. It's a long and somewhat contentious discussion, so I don't blame anyone if they stop reading here. I compiled this more or less in chronological order so it would be easier for those interested to get a… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on October 24, 2010 at 7:45am — 18 Comments

FREEZING YOUR SCRAPS

How may of you freeze your scraps? I do because it helps with the heat and I don't have that many worms yet to eat all our scraps. I put them in a food processor. Then I was putting it all in a zip lock bag, but when it's time to feed the worms I have a hard time breaking it apart. So tonight I came up with an idea of using coffee filters to put the chopped up food in and then freezing it so when I take it out of the freezer it will not be one big…
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Added by Diana on October 23, 2010 at 5:26pm — 11 Comments

Worms eat my vacuum dust... (I hope.)

I called for volunteers and 73 intrepid worms came foreword. They fell into the collection tray in one of my FT's.



I have one of those fancy Dyson vacuum cleaners that do not use a bag. You pull a trigger and the stuff falls out. I have found it easier to drop it into a kitty litter bucket than take it outside to empty. (Drop it over the garbage can and dust flies!!). Anyway, I get alot of dust, dog, cat and wife hair, along with all the stuff tracked in.



I want to see if… Continue

Added by Pat James on October 23, 2010 at 2:42pm — 7 Comments

SETTING UP MY FT???

Hello everyone.... I'm setting up my new FT today... I just have one question??? With all the holes in the screen on the bottom of the FT do I put a sheet news paper down then my wet bedding? What keeps the worms from coming out the bottom?

Added by Diana on October 23, 2010 at 9:46am — 7 Comments

WORM CHOW AND NEWS PAPER

I AM GOING TO START MY OLD WF WITH A FEW WORMS FROM MY FT ON NEWS PAPER AND WORM CHOW AND SEE HOW THEY DO ON WORM CHOW WILL LET YOU KNOW

Added by KEITH SHUMAKER on October 22, 2010 at 3:54pm — 3 Comments

5 Gallon Buckets - Round 2

For those that haven't seen my original posts about the 5 gallon bucket experiment(s), here's a link to those posts which should bring you up to date.

It's been 5 days since I separated the worms from the buckets. I placed them in a 64 Quart plastic holding bin that I use for various purposes including local sharing and my really-small- time sales initiatives. It's the kind of…

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Added by bpearcy10 on October 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Mexico

I recently took a trip to Mexico and was wondering if worms might make the place better. Most of the places I was staying in Mexico were on septic systems, meaning you couldn't put any paper down the toilet (thank God I'm home again). I'm sure the worms would chow down on the toilet paper, but how would they do in a septic tank? Improper sewage disposal makes for some notoriously nasty drinking water. Luckily the place we were staying had a 1/2 micron water filter feeding into a second UV…

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Added by Jason Kalka on October 21, 2010 at 7:04am — 1 Comment

Windrow Part 3

The pile of stuff over the worms gets smaller so quickly that I can't attribute it all to settling. I have to assume that the worms are in there feasting away madly.


This panics me a little, and I have been rereading Bentley's windrow and winter composting blogs, and I wonder if I will be…
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Added by Antonia on October 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Potato Peelings...

Having read here about potato peelings not being recommended for newbies, and then having picked a load of potato peelings out of the wormery the night before last, I figured out a plan.


3 years ago I grew loads more potatoes in my allotment than I could use at the time. (I think I planted 17 rows!)


At the end of the season I got a guy who was doing building work on my house while I was at work to dig a pit at my allotment to try and build a root…
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Added by John Harrison on October 18, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Harvesting for worms

We are going to be selling worm bins at the farmers market next year. It will be bins ready to use, i.e. tub, worms, bedding, etc. For those of you that sell worms, is there any easier solution to harvesting the worms from larger beds other than pile in a light and scraping away until you have the worms?

Added by Don Dillon on October 18, 2010 at 10:15am — 6 Comments

Poppy Seed Heads...

When I was removing "produce" and chunks last night, I discovered what happens with the poppy seed heads I'd added... in the wormery there was one skeleton, looking rather like Antonia's http://vermicomposters.ning.com/photo/lacey-groundcherry
If I find another I'll see if I can get a photo.

Added by John Harrison on October 18, 2010 at 5:36am — No Comments

Finishing harvest...

Last night I went through what was left in the oldest tray (I guess I should call that the first tray!) (it was about 1/3-1/2 full after removing the 8-10 litres last week) and removed all the chunks of unrotted (and some sprouting) potato peel.
I also took out all the chestnut shells (very black after being in the compost) and larger chunks of eggshell I could find. These had both been hand picked from the compost bin the first time I started gathering worms, because they seemed to be…
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Added by John Harrison on October 18, 2010 at 5:07am — 3 Comments

5 Gallon Bucket Experiment

Some may remember my experiment with 5 gallon buckets. Well today is the day I'm going to empty them and document the results.…

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Added by bpearcy10 on October 17, 2010 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

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