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November 2008 Blog Posts (10)

My worms don't like coffee

I've been reading all about people feeding their worms coffee grounds. So, ever since I started my bin I've made a habit of saving my coffee grounds. Every night I take that day's grounds, wrap them in a paper towel and bring them down to the cellar. Shortly after I started the bin I put some grounds in, but they are still there more than a month later. Last week I took some of the grounds and mixed them into some pumpkin. I put that mixture on top of the existing grounds, but still buried in… Continue

Added by Carl on November 25, 2008 at 8:37pm — 20 Comments

Does Worms Die From Other Worms Castings?

For the longest time I have heard that if a bin is not harvested on a regular basis, the castings can become toxic to the worms. I don't have problems with my Red wigglers and they are producing well.

Added by Robert Fraser on November 25, 2008 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

Warmth

Even though my cellar is cooling off as the cold weather moves in, the internal temperature of the worm bin is still holding at 67 degrees. I've see the cellar temperature as low as 58 and no higher than 60 over the last several days.

Temperature

Added by Carl on November 24, 2008 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

Continuous flow liner experiment.

I'm still "recovering" from my Worm bin sludge situation I took all the sludge and put it in a bucket on its own and skimmed off any excess water every couple days until it wasn't flooded. After several weeks what was in the bucket started to dry out to the point that it looked like normal VC. Plus I could see lots of worm trails / turned VC where the worms that were still in there were working their magic. So,… Continue

Added by Steven Chow on November 24, 2008 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Cocoons, sprouts and mites

Cocoon 1



Tonight I spent a little while digging around in my bin. I found my first cocoons.



Sprouts and cocoons

Cocoons



I also found a sprouting carrot… Continue

Added by Carl on November 17, 2008 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Breaking down

When I first got into this I told myself I would not expend much effort on it. Then I spent hours shreading newspaper and cardboard. I told myself I would not put worm food in the freezer. There is some in the freezer now. I told myself I would not stoop to blending food. I recently won an auction in which I placed a $2 bid on a used blender...

Added by Carl on November 6, 2008 at 8:58pm — 6 Comments

Digging



Tonight, for the first time, I dug a 15" (38cm) hole in one corner of the bin. That got me nearly to the bottom. In the past I've dug down a few inches, but never more than about 4 or 5 since I didn't want to disturb the worms too much. I found that though there were worms close to the surface, the majority of worms were hanging out near the bottom where it is very wet and compacted. Most of those were hanging… Continue

Added by Carl on November 6, 2008 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Worm Habitat: My (styrofoam box) Bins

Styrofoam? O Rly?

Before I had ever decided to start vermicomposting, I had a small collection of Styrofoam boxes that fish markets use to ship seafood to local restaurants. I happened on these boxes while putting paper into a local recycling bin; one that happens to be shared by a local restaurant and other businesses. I first thought to myself, "Styrofoam like that shouldn't be in the recycling bin" and decided to take it out. I hadn't reached for the first box yet until I… Continue

Added by enjay on November 6, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Good thing I have a catch bin...

My system is a stack of Rubbermaid Roughnecks that will be 5 or 6 bins tall some day but is currently only 3; 2 composters and one catch bin underneath all with about 50 1/2" holes in each lid and bottom (except the catch bin, of course) for drainage.



Back when I only had one bin I'd monitor the catch bin all the time, mostly because the worms seemed to love putting their casting in the holes, so I ended up with a ton of castings in there that I would harvest to let them dry out.… Continue

Added by Jason on November 6, 2008 at 1:32am — 8 Comments

Temperature

After reading posts here and elsewhere about temperature concerns I decided that I ought to know how cold my bin gets.





So, $10 later and my worm bin has a digital read-out. Too funny. I never expected to have electronics involved in this.



Naturally the "In" and "Out" labels are incorrect. "In" refers to the temperature outside the bin and "Out" refers to the temperature in the bedding.



In the bedding the… Continue

Added by Carl on November 3, 2008 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

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