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November 2011 Blog Posts (10)

New to worms and all things wormery

Hi all,

I'm a home gardener where I maintain a small decorative garden and I also work a 200 sq meter fruit & vegetable allotment a little distance from my house. I've been composting in the regular sense for nigh on 20 years but recently started to research the whole area of wormeries and vermicomposting. It seems fascinating!

My research has brought me here to this forum and I joined up on Sunday evening last. You guys seem to be the…

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Added by Prendo on November 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Well finnaly made a flow through!

So as the title says I madfe a flow through , made it outta a plastic garbage can, I'm not to fond of the design as I did it on a whim with some spare pvc...



I find the total 'area' is small not as much as my 'COW' but im doing this as a test I guess :) as I would like to make a oscr ft (indoors) with a moveable breaker bar on a 'winch system' for easier harvesting..



Currently my ft sucks to try n harvest from as the opening I made was fairly small. But I had to to keep… Continue

Added by Nick B. on November 23, 2011 at 8:01pm — 13 Comments

Indoor Bin Questions!!!

My Rubbermaid Tote worm bin is staying at 80 degrees and 100 percent humidity. I have the lid propped open? Everyone seems to be doing fine. Are these ok temps and readings ok for them, shoud I do anything or let them be? When they were outside I could add water to cool if necessary and excess would dain down, but this doesnt have the drainage of the outside bin and I dont want excess moisture or water in the bottom. There is plenty of shredded papre in the bottom of the bin then the UCG on…

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Added by Stacy Sutter on November 23, 2011 at 11:35am — 4 Comments

Sad day for my composting

My barrel composter broke today :(.  It was a Tumbleweed which I had used for a year or two now, but it was really expensive and now that it's no longer useable I really can't say it was worth the price.  I'm not that handy so I hesitate building something.  I'm looking around for something new.  I'm just not sure which route I should go.  I want something cheap, low maintenece, easy to empty, easy to turn the compost.  It's got to keep big critters out and it's going to be used for hot…

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Added by Jason Kalka on November 20, 2011 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm

Hello!



The California Department of Resources and Recycling (CalRecycle) web site provides an on-line game, The Adventures of Vermi the Worm, for young people about Earthworms and vermicomposting.





CalRecyle also offers information about how The Adventures of Vermi the Worm  correlates with the California…

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Added by Kathy Jacobson on November 14, 2011 at 9:31am — No Comments

Coffee Grounds and Mushrooms

This is something new i am trying with coffee grounds before the worms get to chow down on them. 

During the cooler weather i drink a lot more coffee than i do in the summer so i have more than my herd can handle right now.  A while back for a lark i ordered a Oyster mushroom growing kit.  I have to admit i had never tried Oyster mushrooms thus the choice when buying the kit.  When it arrived i found that the growing media was…

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Added by Eve on November 7, 2011 at 11:20pm — 19 Comments

Sour crop or protein poisoning

 



make sure that the pH stays at neutral or above. This can be done by keeping the moisture levels below 85% and through the addition of calcium carbonate, as required.





Sour crop or protein…

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Added by Claudia on November 7, 2011 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Back Again For Another Try

I'm back. Again. This time with a bin half full of 'cardboard' egg cartons and shredded, soaked cardboard box, with a soaked box on top.

I am winterizing my front porch to not freeze for plants, so decided now would be as good a time as any to give vermicomposting another try. I have five happy worms in there right now with a hand shredded banana peal, and more worms on the way as soon as I plant some Dianthus ground cover that someone from freecycle gave me.

I know, it's not… Continue

Added by Karen P on November 7, 2011 at 6:57am — 1 Comment

new worms!

i finally ordered me some red wigglers! after receiving two 2000 worm shipments from "uncle jim's ripoff farm" which turned out to be all blueworms, i decided to give it another try. this time i ordered from bentley the compost guy. they're going to live in a 31gallon roughneck plactic container which  should be all ready by tomorrow. the way it looks the worms will not get shipped until a week from now because i missed the saturday cut off (bummer)

i also found an ohio breeder on…

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Added by Claudia on November 7, 2011 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

68 Litre Flow Thru Rubbermaid

My Daughter saw my 50 gallon worm palace and wanted to have a worm bin.  So I thought about the traditional Rubbermaid bin and decided that I could modify the "compost guys" Bait-O-Matic 6000 and by using a larger bin make it a flow through.

Here are the directions for the compost guys Bait-O-Matic

http://www.redwormcomposting.com/bait-o-matic-manual.pdf

 

I like my bins stackable so instead of…

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Added by Richard Matthews on November 6, 2011 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

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