I used to have an indoor bin but then I moved it outside to the shed because my fiance couldn't handle the fact that there were worms in the house - haha. I think if you keep your worms in a shady cool spot outside it should be fine. You will have alot escape because they like to wander when they are outdoors. I have Red African Nightcrawlers - and when I bought them the lady said that they were the best type for Florida's heat and humidity. They really have been wonderful and they reproduce like crazy. Good luck with your new adventure! When I get to a bigger place I'll be trying a homemade outdoor bin....so let me know how yours goes!
Well It sounds more technical than it is. I can shoot ya some photos later, but it will be a while as I'm out of town working..... I simply siliconed a piece of nylon screen over the drain hole; put a bucket under the hole to catch any few drops of lechate that may drip out; and a sheet over the top. The only thing that I did outside the norm is to line the bottom with neoprene air diffuser line (it seems to work way better than the traditional air-stones). A timer turns on the air pump for fifteen minutes about 18 hours a day. It works really well and the population is DENSE!
Ah, forgot about your knee surgery. Hope it's getting along well.
I have "inheritted" 2 - 32 gal. Rubbermaid w. wheels but the wall seems so thin to me. It will be easy cutting but I am concerned that once cut out and drilled, if it will hold the weight's pressure of the grill. It might just rip unless probably some strengthening sleeve (?) is used around the drilled hole? I'm no engineer, this is just my thoughts.
We do have a 96 gal Schaefer which is being used for garbage for the past ..... I don't know, maybe close to 30 yrs. when it was subsidized by city hall. And yes, it does stand quite a beating. I was thinking that the thick wall will provide some protection from freezing come winter. I am planning to put it in the garage during the minus temp. Hate to think to heat up the entire garage full of stuff (not car) just for the worms. For the door cut-out I was going to drill a hole as a starting point to saw. I don't know the name of that thin saw (like a thick wire) but I'm sure you know which I mean. Eve's idea is very good, using the cut out piece by adding hinges and a hook. I think I will do the same (when I get the cheap cart)
The heating system she added looks very nice but I don't think I will go that route. TOO much work and more parts.
I have ordered 5000 EF cocoons from Blue Ridge Organics in NC. So, once they hatched and multiply, I will need something bigger than the WF and OSCAR Jr.
Can't afford buying that many worms. The prices here in Canada for worms are very steep.
Good luck with the cocoons. That should work well for you. The cocoons in my castings container have been hatching like crazy. In the past two days I've removed at least 40 juveniles without even looking hard.
My physical therapy is going well (I think). I was not expecting it to take this long though. I am just now walking without crutches (but not very well or straight).
Hi Brian, how are your knees doing? Much better I suppose.
I have a question. If you are using 4 working trays, do you feed every one of them. Don't you have worms dangling from under each tray when you lift them to feed the tray below it, and having worms fall to the floor?
How many worms do you think you have in each tray? Looking at the picture you posted on June 7, you have quite a population there.
Yeah, that's the thing with knees because they have to carry our body. So go easy on them, don't play soccer, foot ball and the likes, lol. Or tennis!
Duff Bromley is having trouble figuring out what to do with his 3000 worms and his new Gusanito. I don't have that problem (but one I don't mind having: too many worms) so what I suggested to him is just my idea. If you don't mind, I'll direct him to you. I'm not sure if you have been following his posts and the comments.
I'll wait for your approval before I contact Duff. Thanks Brian.
Hello there, I suggest that you lo0k at the properties of Pineapple. I have only learned about the Bromelain from my well educated clients. The person who lost her worms left a whole pineapple, cut in half lengthwise on top of the worms for a couple of weeks. I DO think that bits of pineapple or skin will not significantly harm the worm box but I guess it would be better to compost the fruit first. i.e. let it decompose and then the microbes will be available to the worms. Jan.
How is the rabbit manure project? Some local people asked me about vermicomposting rabbit turds. I could not figure out how to deal with the amonia and salts from the urine and I don't have a rabbit.
Have you thought about sending the rabbit VC to a lab? There is one in Oklahoma that does a detailed test on macro and micro nutrients that cost less than $20.00.
Hey Pearcy thanks for the kind words on my site. It needs to be updated. Yes I love my silver bullet. This this is my second one to live in and actually it is not an A/S it is an Avion they have the same history and quality. I personally prefer the Avions to A/S to live in. I have lived with a small foot print of 272 sq.ft of living space for 7 years now and that is sharing space with 2 worm bins!!.
I live simple so I can simply live. I buy fix them up and sell them.
You can find some good ones on craigslist, not to many in Fl. for sale and when there is it is top dollar. Keep in mind not everyone knows about the Avions so they are almost half the price of an A/S so if you find an Avion for sale take a look at her. The only reason they are so much cheaper is because no one knows about the older Avions. They are more room friendly and have more windows. It is just like living on a boat (which I miss)land locked:-)
I have down sized to bare min.the less I have the better I feel! I do know that small living has completely gotten me out of dept I owe no one nothing NOTHING and while these times are hard I am actually saving money and will pay cash for my next piece of land!!
Hey Brian, no they do not all have the twins but they are hard as hell to find with the full bed in rear and the head in the middle. I lived in the twin with the head in the rear for 2 years waiting and looking for one with the double bed in rear. What I ended up doing is found one with the twins in the rear (even they are hard to find) and converted it to one bed. They are very hard to find if you find a decent shape even if it needs a little tlc. grab it for a good price that is:-)
I absolutely love mine(rare find). I painted the bedroom and sewed all my curtains,I am still working on it though. I will post a picture of my work so far. Mine is a 87 triple axel, it has the wrap around windows.
My parents have a couple of r/v parks here in Austin as matter fact I just listed one of my spaces for rent on craigslist it's the one listed for $275. So they can either buy them and live in one of the parks or take it away.
I have never had any trouble selling my Avions, but now I only buy one if I can find the bed in rear even if it is twins I convert it to double.
I am also thinking of linking up with the "Texas Tiny Houses"( Brad) in Luling Texas (google him) very cool concept and extremely cool tiny houses.
Hey, welcome to vermigardeners! Will you post some pix of your various types of beds and bins and whatnot? I need to be gardening above ground now, as well as in my regular beds. Somehow, I've got mostly shade in my one-time vegetable garden, so that's gone over to fruit and berries and a few lettuce plants (which the rabbits mostly eat). I'm hiding my tomatoes, beans, some strawberries, spinach, turnips, and eggplants in my FRONT yard, mostly behind a huge magnolia tree [I have a mega- set-back from the street, and all my sun's out front now].
Anyhow, my best planting area that won't upset my neighbors is on CONCRETE. So, anything you can tell us/show us about your above-ground gardens would be great!