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December 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Home Vermicomposting Results

It's been 12 months since I started tracking the amount of waste my red wigglers are eating in my inside (i.e. home) worm bins.  I have other worm bins in the garage, but I've only been tracking the volume composted in my indoor bins.

The total newsprint, cardboard, and kitchen waste has passed 320 lbs.  That's nearly the weight of two average sized human adults. 

I've put 320 lbs into the worm bins.  Assuming an 8:1 reduction ratio, that 320 lbs of garbage has been composted…

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Added by bpearcy10 on December 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Harvest Pics + cocoon close up

So I harvested my bins, they were all at different stages as shown below

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Added by Root Naturally on December 29, 2010 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

Seasons Greetings

Just a note to wish one and all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. And may your worms be blessed too :)

 

Remember, no wine for the worms.

 

cheers

Added by nutzfactory on December 24, 2010 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

1 jumper!

it's been raining the past week. i opened up to bin lid to put some basil in, and i found a stray worm that had jumped out of the bin and onto the floor!! i picked it up and put him back into the bin, which is just a touch on the moist side, so i left the lid a little askew.

 

so excited! that was fast!

 

also, recently got a few worms (10-30) from a bartering event. i have them stashed in an aerated jar, under the sink, which they seem to be very happy in. i'm…

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Added by rickie on December 21, 2010 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Im going to try an experiment. Worm Chow V Food Waste

I want to use the same amount of bedding same amount of finished non worm compost in 2  five gallon buckets.  One I will feed with food wast.  The other only Worm Chow.  But I don't know how much of the food I should put in each bucket to  make it even?  Oh and the same amount of worms.  Same deal  how many should I add?  :-)

Added by Paula Allen on December 21, 2010 at 2:22pm — 28 Comments

More About Vermicomposting in 5 Gallon Buckets

I took another peek at the five gallon buckets pyramid in my garage today.  I'll be out of town almost 2 weeks for the Holidays and wanted "see what's up". When I get back, I'll definitely have 7 buckets that will need sorting.

I tried this 5 gallon bucket cycle experiment earlier this year, as you may recall, but did thinks a little differently this time. I used much more food source and a lot more cardboard in the buckets to go along with the newsprint. The results so far?…

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Added by bpearcy10 on December 18, 2010 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

nothing yet...

at one point, the weather cooled off. the sight of a couple of babies gave me some optimism. then, more heat came in and, i can only assume, killed those off too.

 

i went and checked in on it just now, and while there are a few critters in there, no worms. i added some undressed, spoiled salad. i'm wondering if they will ever come back. i don't see any cocoons in there, but it's been rainy and chilly and i didn't want to stay outside too long searching. i think i am going to…

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Added by rickie on December 16, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Vermicomposting Project

Spoke with the cabell county health department yesterday and I was given a go for my home vermiculture project.



The lady to whom I spoke als told me that I would have alot of hoops to jump through for my commercial vermiculture project because of the location(hospital).



I've found other locations throughouyt the United States and Canada who are having success with this type of project.







My next mission will be to contact these vermicomposting projects…

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Added by Keir Moorman on December 16, 2010 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

I have Cocoons Yippee

I was checking on my RM bin.  I reached down towards the middle and pulled up a hand full of dark stuff.  I looked real close then stood under a light.  I first thought they were bits of egg shells so with a hand full of vc I went up stairs googled RW cocoons and saw a photo.  Looked at what was in my hand and sure enough I have cocoons. 

Added by Paula Allen on December 15, 2010 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Egg tray

I added one of these paper pulp egg trays to my bin and my worms went crazy over it. I could not believe the amount of worms attacking this thing. It fit perfectly in the 360

Not my picture but that is what I'm talking about…

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Added by Jay on December 13, 2010 at 12:52am — 11 Comments

Thermometers

I just got a new thermometer for my greenhouse. It is made by LaCrosse technology. It shows the temp inside and then 2 temps outside. One is the outside sensor and the other is a waterproof probe on a 6 ft cable. Right now I have the sonsor sitting inside my greenhouse with the end of the probe outside so I can compare temps from the comfort of my living room.

This probe would be an easy way to compare air temp and bedding temp in a worm bin too.

Added by Pat James on December 12, 2010 at 7:12am — 6 Comments

Love this Vermicomposters gathering place...Thanks all!

Hi Folks!

I could spend all day enjoying all the wonderful conversations and sharing information on this site but alas, the worms are calling me and a neighbor is heading this way with his kids to help get the outdoor, "under-the-canopy" agroforestry vermiculture wedges bedded down in advance of a big drop in temperature.

Vermiculture...a fun, positive and truly sustainable agricultural solution to many of our challenges.

Thanks to all of you and…

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Added by Kathy Jacobson on December 11, 2010 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

Vermicomposting Project

While I'm sitting here I thinl I'll start laying out a plan fotr

the design of the perfect worm bin.

I thin I'll make it 4x10 and made out of sustainable materials or something that could be reused as a bin. Plastic and durable would be a good start. I mean very durable lke a thirty year warranty or something. Can be used indoor or outdoor during what ever season with height adjustable legs.

In other words the bins must have multiple…

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Added by Keir Moorman on December 10, 2010 at 1:34pm — 5 Comments

Commercial Vermicomposting Project

I'm about to call the county health department to see if they haveany problem with my vermicomposting project idea.

If anyone is about to satrt a worm farm on a existing farm they may be eligible for several incentives on the county, state, and federal level.

I suggest contacting the solid waste boards in your county and or state of residence.

Call your state solid waste board to enquire. Anyway!

Guess I'll call now. Why am I nervous?

Added by Keir Moorman on December 10, 2010 at 1:11pm — 6 Comments

Trouble in bin heater land

The water pump on my bin heater has died. Or at least quit pumping water with enough force to run it around the barrel. The bin temperature has dropped down to below 60F. Thankfully we are having a heat wave its above freezing tonight but the roads are a sheet of ice (freezing rain) so i am hoping that it stays warm enough to keep the bin from freezing until i can make it into town to find a pond pump. Not that i expect to find one in the middle of winter but i will give it a try.



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Added by Eve on December 8, 2010 at 6:35pm — 10 Comments

Splitting the herd, aquaponics, and vertical gardens

Project #1

I got a couple 5 gal buckets from work the other day (for some reason the caterer decided that was the best method of dispensing iced tea). I knew I would find a use for them and now that I have a source of horse manure I am splitting the herd and will try to get a population explosion going. I'm thinking I will just drill a million holes in the 5 gal bucket, nothing fancy. I plan on filling the bottom half with dead leaves for a safe zone and pre-composting…

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Added by Jason Kalka on December 8, 2010 at 5:25pm — 2 Comments

MY WORMS ARE COLD TO THE TOUCH

Yes it's cold here in Miami... and my worms are cold to the touch... when I checked on them this morning I thought the one I picked up was dead. He was very cold but he started to move just a little when I was holding him. Does this mean they are to cold and going to die? What should I do

Added by Diana on December 8, 2010 at 9:46am — 11 Comments

Could an old webber type gril be used as a flow thru?

They have build in grates. Holes in the bottom that can be opend or closed. Also on the lid it has holes on top that can be opend. Just a thought.

Added by Paula Allen on December 7, 2010 at 10:19am — 6 Comments

Unexpected result of Tea Brewing

I have not seen any spectacular results from brewing compost tea in my greenhouse like so many people reported, though I have not been brewing the tea in the ideal conditions either (too cold, not enough air, too much water, etc.)

That's not important though. What I have found is the worms absolutely love my tea brewing leftovers. They swarm the stuff and ignore everything else in their micro-ecosystem. Old banannas, moldy pumpkins, cardboard, carrots, nothing gets those guys…

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Added by Jason Kalka on December 6, 2010 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

DIY Deep Water Culture Hydroponic System

Inspired by a You Tube video, I decided to build my own version of the Deep Water Culture system.

I am using a 18 gallon container (Tuff Tote version) and six 3 inch net pots (55 cents each at Worms Way). I am using coconut coir for growing medium and some hard water liquid fertilizer also from Worms…

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Added by bpearcy10 on December 5, 2010 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

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