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Subtle lessons from experience

Six weeks ago I finished re-building my FT. Some things I have learned since then.

1)       Worms like crushed leaves - but not if they are too dry.

2)       Drawers without slider mechanisms will absorb moisture and swell shut and be almost impossible to open

3)       My worms can handle more food than I originally thought

4)       A worm bin can act as a work area for sifting leaves, drying out VC etc...

 

1) I was placing food then dry crushed…

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Added by Gardener Larry on May 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

FT Mistakes of late

04/14/2011Update- Well the new FT is finished and I am very happy with the outcome. Pictures can be found at http://vermicomposters.ning.com/photo/albums/new-flow-through-and-old. The first pictures are what happens when you use spray in foam insulation in a wall - bad idea! The rest of the pictures are of the new bin during and after construction.

Other than a few small mistakes…

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Added by Gardener Larry on April 11, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The great rice heater experiment

2010-10-06 - Conclusions: It appears that the rice did raise the temperatures slightly, although I do not believe that the small amount that it raised the temperature would do much good. I am leery of adding much more than I already have.

I know that people have had over heating issues with rice and I wonder what the starting temps were when the rice was added. At the low temps we have had lately (compost was in the high 60's), I am of the belief that the bacteria,…
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Added by Gardener Larry on October 6, 2010 at 6:26pm — 6 Comments

My First Rotary Vermicompost Harvester

I've been watching the site for about a month now. Researching, looking into the FT designs and looking at the harvester for separating the VC. In the past I have had a couple of 3 X 3 frames that have ¼ and 1/8 screening on them. They are a pain to use. I decided to make a rotary harvester. I'm a little…

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Added by Gardener Larry on June 29, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

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