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November 2009 Blog Posts (22)

The Great Escape??

Newbie and just started vermiposting. Everything was going good for the first couple days. I put some more food in last night and this morning most of the worms were on top of the paper towels that I have laying on top. It seems as though they were not happy and trying to leave. Seemed real moist at the bottom so I put some more shredded cardboard at the bottom. I also mixed in some more compost with the food I put in. My bin is only a few days old. Think I put too much food in.......????

Added by Jeremy F on November 29, 2009 at 10:28pm — 4 Comments

Tea.

I harvested some compost tea today and watered my outdoor plants with it. I will let everyone know if I will awake within a jungle upon morning.

Added by Lamey on November 29, 2009 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Affordable Vermicompost Tea Maker

I just returned from a trip to Wal-Mart and Lowes to purchase supplies to make Deuley's affordable team maker. Wal-Mart was out of the paint strainers and five gallon buckets, but Lowes was right next door.

I can't wait to try it out.

Added by bpearcy10 on November 29, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Teenagers.

I've had my worms for about a month. They haven't shown face very much, but as of recent days, some of my worms are hanging out at the lid's edge. I don't know if this is normal behavior that requires no special attention, or if I should worry. Do they not have enough air holes? Do they hate my food? Are they looking to go sneak out and see Twilight?

Added by Lamey on November 28, 2009 at 8:50pm — 5 Comments

Found me some worms!

Found a local supplier of cheap worms! Woot!
I'll be gathering supplies Monday morning and getting them in the afternoon! Just starting off with a pound for now.

Added by Jessica White on November 28, 2009 at 5:13pm — 5 Comments

day 2 of new worms

i found trails of casting all along the sides of my bin today. i guess the worms were upset about being transported to a new home and were trying to get back to where they came from, got to the lid, then turned back around and snuggled back up into the pile they were dumped in. the piece of newsprint i used to cover them up with was very damp. i don't think i will ever have to spray the inside of the bin again. it seems like the moisture holds exceptionally well in plastic.



i threw a… Continue

Added by rickie on November 28, 2009 at 2:28pm — 3 Comments

my worm bin

i did add some videos, but my dinky camera is very old, and i am hoping for a better one. i can only get about 53 seconds on internal memory, and about 13 on a memory card. if i was smart, before this i would have just made 2 or 3 53 second ones, but whatever. i put shredded notebook paper along with newspaper and cardboard. also dog hair, a couple banana peels, and sprayed it down really good. i had this bin aging about a week before i ended my experiment. i am possibly getting some manure… Continue

Added by Nic on November 28, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

got my own worms (1 lb. of red wigglers)

well, i finally decided it was stressing me out too much to just have that handful of worms my mom gave me. i first worried that the small number of them would mean they were more susceptible to dying, for whatever reason, so i overcompensated by putting a ton of bedding and food...well, they couldn't get to all the food and a lot more animals moved on into the bin. when i check on them last night, i could only find one.



i heard online to use a plastic fork to 'fluff' the bin for… Continue

Added by rickie on November 27, 2009 at 8:17pm — 7 Comments

Thanksgiving

Today we had a visitor stop by for turkey and stuffing. This visitor is a soil scientist, so a visit to the three worm bins was inevitable. It was nice to have a visitor that appreciated the effort we are making to improve the environment.



Kind of inspired me to go ahead and make the flow through I've been talking about. I'd like to make something big (like a OSCR or Dirtmaker), but I don't have that kind of food supply available yet.



I'm thinking a 60 gallon trash can… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on November 26, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

My Story

After 15 years of driving a truck and seeing nothing but pavement I decided it was time to go back to what I love most.So 2 years ago I found a local job and moved in with my girlfriend (and future wife) on her 30 acres of our heaven. I have always loved to work the soil and be in nature so this last winter I started a garden and hot compost pile.While surfing the net one day I came across composting with red worms and thought about the get rich quick schemes of the past and kind of laughed it… Continue

Added by Richard Hossman on November 26, 2009 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

?????

been watching this site awhile, figured i'd better join. i started vermicomposting for my science fair experiment iin september, and now that i'm done, i want to keep it going. have been looking at bokashi, too, for all the food wastes that atract pests in a worm bin, such as meats and dairy. also on teensforplanetearth.ning.com, to stay 'plugged in'. my science fair project was which type of food worms like best. my variables were eggshells, coffee grounds, dog hair, paper, and just water,… Continue

Added by Nic on November 25, 2009 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

A Followup...

Below is a copy of the text from the Vancouver City Farmer website explaining how the program works. The original article can be found here.



For information, call the Compost Hotline 604.736.2250.



In 1993, the City of Vancouver distributed two hundred vermicomposting bins to apartment residents as a pilot program through City Farmer, an urban agriculture group in British Columbia. Each partipant was… Continue

Added by Christian MacInnis on November 24, 2009 at 2:39pm — No Comments

I was featured thanks.

Hi to all member, you may visit and read my profile.

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It is Me Edwin Ubod

I'm bachelor in Multimedia technology, diploma in computer science and MCSE. Beside my computer and IT knowledge i love to nature business like worm, fish and leech.

you can reach me at facebook.com… Continue

Added by Edwin on November 23, 2009 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Nearing a month...

It's been just over three weeks since I set up my first vermicompost bin through the City of Vancouver's City Farmer "Wormshop" and the results have been excellent. I was told to be a little bit conservative at first when feeding the worms in order to let the ecosystem contained within the bin to stabilize in terms of microbial population, acidity and moisture, so I didn't feed the worms too much. As a vegetarian who strives to eat fresh as often as possible, I tend to produce a fair share of… Continue

Added by Christian MacInnis on November 23, 2009 at 3:23am — 3 Comments

Flow Through Bin: week 7 update

Since the volume of compost in my flow through was so slow to increase, I decided to incorporate half the contents of my static (no vent or drain holes) styrofoam bin. This was about 3 gallons of material and worms. I also added more worms from the regular compost bin. I want to increase the population density to 1 lb. per ft2. Since the FT has 2.3 sq. ft of surface area, I need ~ 2.3 lbs. of worms.



Today I did a quick & dirty pile-method worm harvest from half of the FT to a… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on November 21, 2009 at 11:49pm — 18 Comments

An Explosion of Worms . . . and Flies

We checked on the old worm bin—the one we haven't been feeding—and were amazed to see that it's full of worms. Huge ones, too! If you remember, we had separated the worms from this compost and started a new bin with them. We were quite thorough—more so than I think I would be in the future—so these worms must have come from the few cocoons or baby worms that slipped through. We haven't even… Continue

Added by Brenda Pike on November 19, 2009 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

Redwormcomposting.com

Here.

Added by Christian MacInnis on November 18, 2009 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Wife's reaction today

My wife is very supportive of my vermicomposting efforts and helps me with sorting worms from compost from time to time. Tonight we were sorting a tray in my vertical bin and she was waiting for me to separate the trays and pull out the bottom tray we wanted to separate. (Keep in mind that she hasn't seen the worms for awhile.)



I took the top lid off. My wife said, "Wow there's a lot of worms in there."



I lifted up the first tray. My wife said, "Oh my. You've got a lot of… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on November 16, 2009 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

They survived summer!

At my prior apartment, a small batch of worms died horribly. I added them to bedding with nothing but shredded office paper. Bad move: all the chemicals in the paper made a chemical soup that was toxic to my nostrils and the worms. Two weeks after adding coffee grounds and a scrap wheatgrass mat from Jamba Juice, they fled all over the carpet floor and died. I got a lot of flack from my roommate about not being able to keep living things.



This lease, I started over with a new setup.… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westervelt on November 15, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

And how was your Friday the 13th ?

That Dar... ah, sweet lovable kitty



Today we had the first good snow storm of the season. There have been others but they didn't amount to anything.



When i got home the power was out. And, The kitten had turned over my five gallon tote of finished compost. I had put it in the house to keep warm. There was compost all over the living room and kitchen floors. He apparently had a ball dive bombing through it all day. The compost was almost dry so at least it was easy to sweep… Continue

Added by Eve on November 14, 2009 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

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