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Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners

A group for people who use the Wriggly Wranch (and others stackable tray) worm bin to talk about / share experiences. I figured there might be enough intricacies specific to the Wriggly Wranch (and every other model of worm bin) to warrant a group

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Comment by Steven Chow on December 8, 2008 at 9:53am
The Wriggly Wranch is the only worm bin I've really maintained for an extended period of time (I had a smaller temporary pail I was using for a couple weeks while I wanted for my Wriggly Wranch)... I like it so far.. although I wish it was designed to look a little better since I keep in indoors.. plastic looks a bit like something you'd have in the basement or garage rather than in the house.
Comment by Steven Chow on December 22, 2008 at 12:24am
Just updated the title so it wasn't so exclusively "Wriggly Wranch"...
Comment by Sue on December 22, 2008 at 9:36pm
The manual that comes with the "Worm Factory Bin" tells one to put 3-4 shts dry newspaper at the bottom of the bin before you put the bedding in.
Then I read somewhere on this site (& others too), the holes at the bottom are needed for aeration.

This is really confusing.
On one side the dry newspaper lining is good to absorb moisture for a too wet conditon and sort of filter whatever goes down to the collection tray if any (also minimizing worms going down). On the other hand, it will not let air through. And these bins don't have holes on the sides the way the DIY plastic bins do. So, what should I do?

I think my worms aren't doing too well. Quiet a few are very passive and limp and some are dead.
I have been keeping the lid off most of the day for a few days now. The last time I fed them was a week ago before I knew I should let the food "ripen" before feeding it to the worms. It was less than a handful of chopped scrap bok choy and 1/2 banana peel. The bin is not too wet, judging by no liquid in the collection tray and the once dry newspaper sheet covering all thatunderneath the lid is just a little damp. I hope they are not having the food poisoning.
Who says vermicomposting is easy. It can be stressful if you care too much, which makes you worry a lot.

Just as someone said: too much of anything is not good. How true!
Comment by Sue on December 22, 2008 at 9:59pm
Sorry, I am going to comment on my own momment here. lol.

I just read "Reply by Nathan Scholten on June 28, 2008 at 4:30pm" on the Q: "What is 'enough' oxygen/air?" I will use Weed Cloth to line the lowest bin next time..
Besides a Worm Dummie, I am also a computer Dummie and I don't know how to do the things Steven does, to refer/klick to other posting on the site.
Comment by Sara on December 30, 2008 at 7:49pm
I bought The Worm Factory because it seemed like the easiest to upkeep over time. When I started my first tray I lined the bottom with a few sheets of dry newspaper and added my bedding, food & worms on top of that. I haven't had a problem with my bin being too wet because any excess liquid filters right through to the catch tray. I do get a few worms in the bottom catch tray so I check it once or twice a week. Sometimes there are no worms and sometimes there are a few but never a ton so I scoop them up and add them back to the top of the working tray. I haven't had a stinky bin except for when a stray worm gets into the liquid in the catch tray and drowns which REALLY stinks fast. That has only happened a few times and each time I just mop it up with some paper towels. Once the stinky liquid and worm are gone so is the smell.
Comment by Cathy on January 4, 2009 at 11:22am
I have a Factory of Worms that I started a year ago this month. It hasn't really produced a lot for me and I'm wondering if I just don't feed or what.

I started out by lining the bottom layer with weed cloth. I put in shredded newspaper, leaves from the yard and peat moss. Then, I added my vegetable waste. (my worms don't like egg shells???!!!???, I thought they did). How can I tell when that layer of matter is done and ready for harvest? I let it go for months and months and finally harvested 8 mos later.

I would really like to gear up the production for my garden since I live in SW FL and the next 3-4 months are prime growing season.

Anybody with suggestions on how to "kick it up a notch?"
Comment by Robert Fraser on January 9, 2009 at 11:08am
I have heard lots about the various stacking systems, but never have bought one. I use bins and feed them in various locations and have created my own simply system that works. My system costs a fraction of the worm stacking systems. However, I know the stacking systems work and for me it would be to exspensive with the large stock I have.
Comment by Jo-Ann on January 18, 2009 at 8:06am
I recently switched from a bin to the Gusanito 4 bin tray system. I got this one simply because it was the least expensive out of all the square bin. So far, I don't seem to be having the problems I had with the bin: overfeeding & too mush moisture.
Comment by Mary on January 18, 2009 at 8:55am
I have a Worm Factory and, this week, started two open bins with Euros. I'll be interested to observe the differences.
Comment by Dan Ence on April 1, 2009 at 10:10pm
Sue, you need to make sure that the worms are staying moist enough.

I have used coffee grounds that have been cooled down. That will help jumpstart the worms. If you look on craigslist, you can often find people giving away manure of all kinds.


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