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December 2009 Blog Posts (29)

New Flow Through!

Merry Christmas to me! I was going to start a third Rubbermaid Roughneck bin, when DH suggested just going to a large modified trashcan-style flow through. I haven't been really thrilled with the Roughnecks- excess moisture has been a real problem. One field trip to Lowe's and an hour and a half of work later, and we have ourselves a new bin!

That's the bin with the holes drilled.

There's an inside… Continue

Added by Lisa Cota on December 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

Feeding time!

I've picked up many ideas from feeding & food prep routines others have written about, so I thought I'd document mine. Much depends on the type of worm bin system you have, the size of your colony and of course the food stock you have available. The following details relate to my flow through bin [Modular flow through] with about 2 lbs. of red wigglers. My family generates more than enough kitchen scraps… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on December 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — 21 Comments

On climate change - a detractor.

I like to think that systems can be built to conserve the energy we're using. I'm not too certain about the debate about global warming/climate change. Below is an excerpt from icecap.us, an organization that has a more nuanced perspective. I notice that geologists are the most sceptical in the scientific community about climate change, which makes sense. They are working with a long view--4.5 billion years--of the Earth's history, as opposed to the meteorological view--60 years at… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westervelt on December 27, 2009 at 12:09pm — 2 Comments

Christmas harvest

Between family festivities yesterday I decided to walk off a few holiday calories. I grabbed some large trash bags, garden gloves and a rake and started walking. I didn't have to go far before I found a public area that had drifts of fallen leaves on the ground. 10 minutes later I was walking back home with bags full of leaves. I had already asked family members to save leaves from their yards for me and I also scored several bags from a freecycler. Before the year is out I'll probably have… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on December 26, 2009 at 5:45pm — 6 Comments

Happy Worming

Merry Christmas, Happy New year, and of course happy Worming!!!

Added by Nic on December 25, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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generally looking over lots of information here

wishing all you 'ranchers' Merry Christmas'
may the peace love and joy continue to expand
and yer worms be warm n happy

laura makamae

Added by laura makamae on December 23, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

First kitchen pickup.

I hear this community talking a lot about disposing of community waste through worm composting. Well, I was able to convince a local cafe to supply me with a week's worth of their kitchen scraps. I'm a regular there already, even though I don't buy much.



Their 10-15 pound trash bag was largely coffee grounds, eggshells, and vegetable material. What I didn't expect was the smell! That was rank! I couldn't get it into my bins and under 5 inches of cardboard bedding fast enough. One… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westervelt on December 22, 2009 at 5:58am — 7 Comments

bin

i ended up dumping out my bin yesterday to add a little layer of cardboard to the bottom, and i hadnt realized how much material there was actually in there!!!! i kinda looked through it, and there was no food that i could see, and if i recognized it, it was cardboard or shredded paper. i also saw alot of cocoons, and i decided to pick up what i could find and use them to start a colony(: i ended up having 100 cocoons, with lots more still in the bin, so i put 50 into my manure flow through bin… Continue

Added by Nic on December 21, 2009 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

even more flies

i have a feeling that vinegar bottle with white wine is not working. maybe it's even attracting them?? now, in addition to a lot of fruit flies, i also have house flies buzzing around the bin :(



i've added about 3"of shredded newsprint (from a paper shredder), and covered it up with some polyester cloth. i'm hoping they will be gone within the week.



in other news, those white, sprouty looking things turned out to be sprouts! they started growing leaves, which is kind of… Continue

Added by rickie on December 21, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

When to add a tray......?

I'm getting to the end of the first week of vermicomposting! The WF is cooking along very nicely. The temps in the bin have been right between 72-77 degrees and the moisture content seems good (not too wet) crumbly and moist. I think I imported a rolly-poly (potato bug) from outside in some shredded leaf bedding. The worms are active and feeding heavily on the first couple of handfuls of food I put in there, and some are just getting to the second corner where I put some scraps the day before… Continue

Added by Bob Lauver on December 18, 2009 at 5:41pm — 3 Comments

vintage earrings

Vintage earrings can never be old fashioned because they have a unique beauty in them. Just carry them off with an ease and confident as you always are, then wait and watch, the faces of the people turning up to you, because you will look stunning and gorgeous when you with this pair of earrings.



Making Vintage earrings is not an easy task as of making… Continue

Added by penny kwok on December 17, 2009 at 2:22am — 12 Comments

happy, fat worms

still a ton of fruit flies. my layer of newsprint wasn't as thick as you guys suggested, but it's also only been a day so far.

the worms are a lot happier though. castings everywhere and babies too! i took some pics, but will have to u/l them a bit later.

Added by rickie on December 16, 2009 at 5:17pm — 2 Comments

1 year and counting. . .

The end of November was my one year anniversary of vermicomposting. It's been fun and I've enjoyed fussing over my squirm. I started with a pound of Euros that I had to replace back in April so I could give my parents their own bin for the summer with big bait sized worms. They enjoyed the bin and my father harvested as many Euros as he could for fishing bait. I kept some of the smaller Euros when I gave my parents their own bin as a backup in case things didn't go well for them. They all did… Continue

Added by Sara on December 16, 2009 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

death by rain

the worms hate the rain. they were not directly in it, but the humidity has made the bin unbearable for them. it barely stopped raining a couple days ago.



the newsprint covering the food was so wet that there were puddles on it.



today, i noticed dried up worms that had climbed out and dried up to their deaths on the balcony :(



i added lots more bedding today (phone book pages, ripped in 1" strips). hopefully, that will dry it out.



the fruit fly… Continue

Added by rickie on December 15, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Exodus? or Brothel?

I noticed a few worms escaped to the ground in the past few days. It's been dark and rainy here... perfect hiking weather for worms. I decided to not be offended-- but when I pulled off the top of my full-ish bin and found that the edge of the lid has been a big concert of worms and eggs and all-around partying. Gobs of them tumbled to the ground.



It took me a good while to gingerly scoop everyone up back onto their planet. But I definitely need to get a 2nd bin started. I think I am… Continue

Added by Lamey on December 14, 2009 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Worm donations anyone?????

I am planning on emailing the directors of the 2 bases here about vermicomposting at least some of the commasary wastes. my dad says that they fill 2 huge dumpsters every week, so even a little would be great. The idea would be more appealing to them if, of course, they got something for nothing. is anyone out there willing to donate even a pound of worms to go to the commasary???? please please please remember that i am just trying to see how many people are willing to donate some. this… Continue

Added by Nic on December 13, 2009 at 12:15pm — 6 Comments

worm food galore!!!

my dad works on base, and the commasary throws out foods that go bad. well he's been bringing them home ever so often. today, or rather yesterday, he brought home 2 cantelope, 4 cucumbers and a package of mushrooms for me. so after lunch i cut them all up and put some in my current worm bin and some to age. thank you dad!!

Added by Nic on December 12, 2009 at 1:08pm — 11 Comments

1st 24 hours....

I got my worms from Bentley Christie (actually from KY somewhere) and they arrived in great shape even with the temperatures being bitter (15 degrees f ). I put the whole two pounds into my first tray of my new worm factory. The bedding had been set up and aging for a little over a week. Not much food in there, but I've been reading that less is more in the adjustment period upon arrival.



I have a pet snake in the same room as the worm bin (a nice warm room in the basement that keeps… Continue

Added by Bob Lauver on December 12, 2009 at 12:02pm — 7 Comments

I blend a lot of my food to feed my red wigglers and the earthworms

About once a week we clean out the refrigerator and throw away all the vegetables and fruits that are going bad, we fill up about two plastic bags per week. We have a very heavy duty blender (600 watts), I fill up the blender jar about 3/4 way and fill it up to about an inch below the top with water. The blender generally mixes up everything into very fine size in about 30 seconds. Every now and then, especially for carrots and tough roots, I need to run the blender for one minute. The secret… Continue

Added by Joel Harding on December 11, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

My Test Blog Post

Just trying to see if this thing works. eating disorder treatments
Its good to be here.

Added by missysandra on December 9, 2009 at 7:42pm — No Comments

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