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I have 7 buckets working now. All are about 1/2 full of cardboard, shredded paper, rabbit manure, and "reject" vegetables from our CSA. They go through and cull the vegetables that the worms have decided to "invade" before they can be harvested for the members.

I checked on the buckets a while ago and there are worms throughout the buckets from top to bottom throughout the bedding. It's been about 5 weeks at this point. The "multiplication" should begin anytime now. I'm using much more bedding and food supply this time, so hopefully the results will be even better. There is much better aeration in the buckets this time.

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Comment by Paula Allen on November 19, 2010 at 5:32pm
When my worm population grows Im going to give your bucket bin a try. I wont be adding manure because I have no way to get my hands on any. I thought of store bought manure that comes in those bags but people have said you dont know what your getting. So I will follow your video and do as you did but add vegetable and fruit wast. Along with my non worm compost.
I also want to use some of the buckets to plant potatoes in. Salad greens, and other items. I saw a video on utube on how to make a self wattering container out of 2 buckets. I won't know if it works until I try.
Comment by bpearcy10 on November 19, 2010 at 7:58pm
Paula,

You can always check Craigslist for some horse manure. That's where I found the rabbit manure. The rabbit manure is usually sold locally for $5 per 50 lbs feed sack. The horse manure is usually free. One farm here will even load it into your pick up for you with a front loader if you don't want to bag it yourself.
Comment by bpearcy10 on November 19, 2010 at 8:31pm
Here's a link to the Black Kow site and the page about the mushroom compost: http://www.blackkow.com/_html/mushroomcompost.htm
Comment by Paula Allen on November 19, 2010 at 8:31pm
Thank you Rock and Bpearcy. I think I will have better luck going to Walmart to get the mamire. black kow I have see that. Can I add some to the worm bins then? I can also order it from Walmart on line and have it shiped to the store with out paying for shipping. Execelent thanks a bunch.
Comment by Eve on November 19, 2010 at 9:10pm
Paula when you are shopping for bagged manure it is perfectly acceptable to poke a hole in the bag to see what is inside. The "product" can very from bag to bag.
Comment by Sue on November 20, 2010 at 1:18pm
Hehe, that's what I did after the first time Eve mentioned about "poking a hole". I got chemicals' whiff and didn't buy it. I also think it was mixed with soil; sort of gritty.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 9:46am
Multiplication has begun.
Comment by Sue on December 3, 2010 at 1:16pm
How did you established that Brian? Head count? Cocoons count?
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 4:17pm
Hi Sue,

I am only guessing really, but when I looked in the buckets last night to add some more rabbit manure and fluff the bedding to make sure things are not too wet, I found lots of little juvenile worms. The bins also have plenty of adult breeders too, but I saw lots of juveniles in at least two of the buckets. It's between 7 and 8 weeks into this batch of buckets, so it's kind of what I hoped would be happening at this point. I plan to harvest these buckets after returning from the Holidays visiting relatives in TN. I probably won't mess with them too much more until then. I might add some more rabbit manure before we go out of town for 10 days.

I am having less moisture this time. I am guessing it's because I added a lot more cardboard this time to go along with the newsprint. I haven't really added anything besides food and a little newspaper since I started this new batch of buckets.

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