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November 2010 Blog Posts (35)

How long should I wait???

I did my first harvest six months ago and I am still baby sitting the cacoons. There are zillions I have been keeping them damp and put little bait in there to give them a welcome to life treat when they hatch. I have retrieved a few but nothing like I thought.There are still billions of cacoons in there. Do they decompose if they are dead? Do something eat them? How long should I wait?? How can you tell if they are dead?

I have already done my second harvest without so many cacoons…

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Added by Tammy Schuster on November 30, 2010 at 7:49am — 8 Comments

Worm Portraits

Till now, I am still stumped as to what worms I have in my bin. Since the sun came out today after some gloomy monsoon weather, I thought I would take some nice portraits of my slimy little friends. And perhaps someone can help me with the identification. Enjoy this photo fest. Cheers.…











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Added by nutzfactory on November 29, 2010 at 10:55pm — 13 Comments

sponge update

left the sponges in with the worms on top of some cardboard because I didn't want to crush them trying to remove the water. It's been a couple of weeks now and they're really eating them . They've consummd almost two of them and are leaving castings behind. I see no ill effects they seem to love it in there.. I don't fish this time of year so they're happy. This spring I'm going to use castings in my tomato garden .

Added by ron tweedie on November 28, 2010 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

What to expect ?

From my limited (eight months) experience, here is what I have found. Postings indicated that worms ate between one-half their weight, and their weight in scraps daily. I think it is closer to one-half and I have been careful to not overfeed. The cardboard bedding (I have been using empty egg containers) seem to work well. Where I started with one pound of red wigglers, I could see the eggs and new generations coming along, but it took a while (a couple months) to get a real mass of worms…

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Added by Larry on November 26, 2010 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments

Mixing Trays - Open System

Inspired by Larry's results, I moved my outside in-ground (covered) mixing tray inside (uncovered) to a shelf in my garage. I've been adding worms a little at a time as I remove castings from my various bins, so it's no where near even 1/2 capacity yet, but the worms have not demonstrated any desire to "roam" yet. I don't leave a light on and there is no light of any kind in my garage unless the garage door is open.

I've been feeding rabbit…

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Added by bpearcy10 on November 26, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

new at vermicomposting

i just started last week. i bought 180 euro worms (super red worms) from walmarts bait refrigerator. i'm using an 18 gallon rubbermaid tube with air holes in one and its raised in another 18 gallon rubbermaid tube. i have damp corrugated cardboard, coffee grounds, spinach, and egg shells in it.

Added by Stephen McGuire on November 26, 2010 at 10:26am — 4 Comments

Worm Census

It has been almost 2 months since I started my worm bin and I was just wondering how my worms were doing. So I decided to take a census of the number of worms.



As I opened up the first tray, I found it almost filled to the brim. Another few days worth of food waste and I should be starting on tray 2.



Slowly rummaging through the castings and partially digested food waste, I picked every worm I found. Then I saw the first of my baby worms.…



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Added by nutzfactory on November 22, 2010 at 8:46am — 6 Comments

3rd buffet note

I couldn't figure out how to add comments under pics so 1. the squirm when I moved the dog food ,2. Some of the diners going back to work in the ft, 3. only parsley[top rt] and dog fd[bottom rt] remaining after 11 days,4.attacking the banana.

Added by jean kruse on November 21, 2010 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Last worm buffet for 2010





This worm buffet was pumpkin, bananas, parsley, zucchini, lettuce and dog food. All entrees were fresh, pureed and each had 2 egg shells added to the blender. The order of preference was zucchini, lettuce, banana, pumpkin, parsley and… Continue

Added by jean kruse on November 21, 2010 at 5:56pm — 22 Comments

Hydroponic System

We've been growing a small backyard garden for a couple of years using raised beds. We would like to progress from the hobby stage to growing a larger quantity of the vegetables we consume.

I have been researching hydroponic systems for about a year off and on. The commercial systems are nice, but most of the vertical stacking systems cost about $700 for four stacks with about 80-90 plants. The cost is not unaffordable for us, but it doesn't seem like a good use of our money.…

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Added by bpearcy10 on November 21, 2010 at 1:28pm — 13 Comments

Heating cable

I thought there was a discussion/blog on this topic, but couldn't find it. I just wanted to have an easy place to point to for details on heating cables. Here's what I started using a few weeks ago:

Zoo Med Repti Heat Cable $17 for 50 watts/23 feet.



It actually only has 17 feet of "hot" cable. The 6 ft. section nearest the plug is cold. This product comes with this warning: "Do not encapsulate cable or… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on November 19, 2010 at 2:04pm — 12 Comments

Worms Do Not Drown

Worms do not drown - at least not in fresh water.

Three days ago, on November 16, I wanted to see if worms would live underwater.

Here’s a bowl with 2 EFs, 2 PEs, and 2 EEs. This is fresh water taken from the fishpond, with a
handful of vermicompost to make them feel at home. The bowl was… Continue

Added by Peter Barnard on November 19, 2010 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

First Snow - heater report

The first snow storm has arrived and my FT bin in the unheated garage is still running at 84F. I had to scrape ice off the thermometer to read it. Steam escaping from the bin had iced it up.

I went back and compared this winters numbers with last years and i was little disappointed to find this years numbers are fairly comparable to last years. I was hoping that my little bit of tweeking would show better results.
Ah well at least its not worse results.


Added by Eve on November 18, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Buckets

I have 7 buckets working now. All are about 1/2 full of cardboard, shredded paper, rabbit manure, and "reject" vegetables from our CSA. They go through and cull the vegetables that the worms have decided to "invade" before they can be harvested for the members.

I checked on the buckets a while ago and there are worms throughout the buckets from top to bottom throughout the bedding. It's been about 5 weeks at this point. The "multiplication" should begin anytime now. I'm using…

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Added by bpearcy10 on November 18, 2010 at 6:05pm — 9 Comments

Herbs?

Is it ok to feed your worms herbs?

Added by Diana on November 17, 2010 at 5:12am — 12 Comments

My Fascination with Worms

How many of you get weird looks when you talk about your worms? People ever mock you for it, or make fun of you, or in some way not connect with your true purpose with keeping worms? So you have a worm farm? That's nice. Well from this end it happens all the time.

Since I was a child, I have always been very curious about creatures of the earth and have kept quite a variety of different critters over the years including worms. I remember vivdly the large bin of night crawlers…

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Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on November 16, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Worm Castings Test

I'm conducting a test to demonstrate the advantage of worm castings compared to regular garden soil and commonly available commercial compost.

 

 

 



For the test, I've planted organic Little Gem Lettuce seeds in worm castings (bottom), garden soil (middle), and commercial organic compost purchased at the local hardware store…

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Added by bpearcy10 on November 14, 2010 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

New Commers

I decided to augment my worm population. I visited the sacred llama manure and brought home 1 1/2 oz of adoptees. Still not sure if they are EH or EF/EA, so I tortured them with the camera for awhile. I was going to start a whole new bin; but I didn't have one ready to go and I figured they had been through enough. I added them to my flow through, which could use the boost anyway.…


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Added by Steven on November 14, 2010 at 1:27pm — 11 Comments

Composting Crushed ACORNS in a Worm Bin.

Hello there.

I was at my parents house today and noticed many thousand acorns from the pin oak trees. I collected about 3-4 pounds of them to feed to deer on our land. The thought crossed my mind that worms might enjoy fresh acorns. Has anyone ever tried putting crushed acorns in their vermicomposting bin? If so, please tell about the experience and whether the worms liked them or not.…



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Added by Micah on November 13, 2010 at 12:48pm — 8 Comments

The Worm Harvest was today

Dumped and sorted the first tray from the Can-O-Worms and the Second Tray from the Worm Factory 360. Both started with the same amount of worms in July and so far the WF360 is outperforming the COW. My theory is that since the WF360 is tighter quarters that the worms are mating more frequently and that might explain why there was more worms.

Added by Philip Vanderhoofven on November 12, 2010 at 8:23pm — 6 Comments

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