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November 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Planting Seeds of Change

Blog post about teaching middles school kids about worms, organic gardening and healthy living:

Planting Seeds of Change

Added by Heather Rinaldi on November 29, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments

If a Leaf Falls in the Forest....

From My Wordpress blog:  Wormrancher

There’s no need to call the leaf blower!

Your daily food for thought: Do forests need chemical fertilization?

No.

Why? Because the trees shed leaves or pine needles for self-fertilization. Just like in your yard–see those bags on your curb? You just threw your free fertilizer away. Mulch mow that in or compost it. If you…

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Added by Heather Rinaldi on November 28, 2012 at 7:32am — No Comments

The Easiest Way To Harvest Castings

When I first set up my first worm bin, I thought harvesting castings was a lot of fun. I loved digging through the contents of the bottom tray of my Worm Factory 360 and pulling out worms and cocoons that needed to go back in the top tray. Sure, it ended up being several hours of sorting, sifting, and picking, but it truly was a labor of love, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Fast forward to a year later, and I started dreading having to harvest the bottom bin. Although I started to find less… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on November 23, 2012 at 12:12pm — 5 Comments

Winter's Worm Experiment-update 11/20/12

Today, being our last before the Thanksgiving Break, was the day that we introduced our colonist worms to their new outdoor home. You will recall that we used a standard Smith and Hawken Bio-Stack composting bin to set up an outdoor worm colony on our campus. I put about 5-6 worms into some partially finished vermicompost, dug a nice hole in the composted horse manure and deposited the intrepid wigglers into their new home. Hopefully they don't go into shut down mode due to the lower temps…

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Added by Marin Rodriguez on November 20, 2012 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Texas Worm Ranch Update

Hi All,

Been a while since I've been on.  The Texas Worm Ranch now has it's worms nestled in large worm bins (about 25 large 8'X4' and about same number of 2'X4'.  We are in a large warehouse.  We can ship or sell local--castings tested by SoilFoodWeb protocol, red wigglers, Worm Wine (TM) worm casting tea (local only).  We are in Dallas and love to help new or experts be successful in their vermicomposting or organic gardening…

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Added by Heather Rinaldi on November 17, 2012 at 6:43pm — 4 Comments

Winter's Worm Experiment-update 11/15/12

I spent the afternoon yesterday with my students setting up our experiments. Here are some pics and details...

Experiment #1

Goal: attract the local "wild" worms and provide them an environment they will want to call home so they will move in and make more worms!

We…

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Added by Marin Rodriguez on November 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Get rid of and prevent worm bin fruit flies!

If your worm bin has fruit flies, it is time to take action! If you are at all concerned about worm bin fruit flies, II have an article that will help you, too!



The number one reason I have found that people give up on vermicomposting in their home is because of a worm bin fruit flies.



Those of you who have maintained a worm bin for a while probably don't need this advice, but if you have anything to add, I would love to hear it! Go to… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on November 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Pictures inside and out of a Flow Through Worm Bin

I just posted a photo album in my Facebook page (please look for Worms and Stuff in Facebook, or click the Facebook icon in my website: http://www.wormsandstuff.com



This is a Flow Through bin that I designed and make myself for sale here in Alaska. It is 13-gallon capacity. I think it is one of the least expensive and most effective systems out there. I have another album in my Facebook page that shows step-by-step how I made this so you can… Continue

Added by Sandy Christenson on November 14, 2012 at 2:17pm — 10 Comments

Winter's Worm Experiment

I teach vermiculture to middle school kids as an elective. We have 3 bins in operation: 1 stacking Worm Factory and 2 18-gallon Rubbermaid bins. As the trimester comes to an end, I will be focusing on other electives for the winter so I thought we should set up a little experiment and see what happens. We have several Bio-Stack composting bins in our garden area that we use for standard composting, but we will be turning them into stacking worm bins.

The first Bio-Stack will…

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Added by Marin Rodriguez on November 13, 2012 at 12:07pm — 2 Comments

Mash from beer brewing

We've recently started home-brewing beer and everyone says that the spent grains from the mash is great compost material. Would it be good for my worms? It seems like it has a lot of fibrous material and most of the sugars have been removed for the wort, so I'm not sure how happy it would make my worms. Anyone have advice?

Added by Janet Mullen on November 11, 2012 at 7:57am — 1 Comment

cocoons in a nutshell

Blessings fellow vermiers! Hope all is well with most. To clear up something here, the pic of cocoons in a peanut shell was done by me, picking them out while harvesting and depositing them in the shell. Had no intentions of people thinking I found it like that. Sorry for any confusion. Original thought was "cocoons in a nutshell". Moved bin bk to outdoor workshop for cooler weather (wife is very happy). Shop not heated by rarely gets below freezing in there. Thinking of…

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Added by Jay on November 10, 2012 at 7:12am — No Comments

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