Composting & Vermicomposting (worms)


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Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 2, 2012 at 12:27pm

Sharon, how do you dry your harvested castings?

Comment by Sharon Howell z7NC on April 2, 2012 at 11:49am

I enjoyed watching the video Kay, one I had not seen.

Bob, thanks for letting us know we all start out wanting to get it right.

I am at the point of like you said sometimes you just can't make them do what you want them to do.

Just like our plants, feed and water(not the worms) and let them grow.

Thanks for "setting us free" lol

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 2, 2012 at 11:29am

After a few years of "worming" now, I've come to a couple of conclusions:  First, I was worrying too much about getting things "right," second, they eat whatever they want and not what we want or always expect them to eat, and lastly, they wander all over the place and at the rate they reproduce, it's no big deal.  I've got four stacked trays going now and they go from tray to tray for no apparent reason at times.

As for harvesting the poop, I just grab a couple of handsfull from a tray and lay it out on newspaper,  the worms gravitate to the bottom of the pile and I just grab the top few inches when making tea or saving as compost.

As the old song goes, "....just set yourself free!"


Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on April 2, 2012 at 11:19am

oh my bad... I miss read your statement.  Still enjoy the video, it is fun to watch :D 

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on April 2, 2012 at 11:16am

if they don't eat manure, then why do they live in it in nature?  

I got the idea to use the Moo-nuer after watching this video

They feed their worms a variety of aged manure. 

Comment by Sharon Howell z7NC on April 2, 2012 at 11:05am

Oh, ok Kay they do eat manure. Oh, so your salt line must be gone?

Do you have a lot getting out? In my bin from Matthew's worms there are some of the young ones crawling up the sides, maybe 20 or so, they can't get out tho.

Your worms have given you quite a challenge Kay lol

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on April 2, 2012 at 10:51am

The soil I used is the Moo-nuer I bought special just for them.  There is still plenty of food in the corner, so that couldn't be why they were wandering.  Yes the salt line works because their bodies are sensitive to it, they come close and back off really fast! 

Comment by Sharon Howell z7NC on April 2, 2012 at 10:47am

Gladys what size is your bin?  You have got to have a whole lot of castings for you garden. I planted up plants yesterday reusing soil from pots that the plants died from freezing over the winter. I mixed about 1 part castings to 4 or 5 parts old potting soil not the garden soil. The castings will rejuvenate the soil. I did that last year too only I bought castings last year. Then I water with worm tea. I am using an old kittie litter bucket aquarium pump with 2 small air stones. I put about a qt. of castings in a paint strainer I got at Lowes, they are really cheap. I added a spoonful of dry kelp meal and 2-3 tablespoons of all natural and unsulphured  molasses. The molasses really gets the microbes going. When I read articles in researching and I run across something a few times then I will try it.

Kay that much soil not good for reds....I found taking a couple sheets of newspaper dampen it and spread covering the whole top of bin. What are you feeding them? They may be looking for more food or more shredded paper. I haven't used the salt water around the edge, my concern is their body is so sensitive and salt water may dry their skin.

If all else fails go backto Matthew's video and start your bin fresh. I had to do that with some cardboard and brown paper grocery bag, it did not absorb the water good so it did not break down. Now I am using a sheet used to cushion apples during shipment. It has pulverized cardboard sandwiched between 2 sheets of paper. The fluffy stuff is glued to one of the sheets of paper. I pulled it apart when I got home to see. I dampened the inside and out plus the sheet I pulled off. That was a week ago, hope it is good for them, I can get a bunch of it, produce guy said they just throw it away.

Hope you can get them to stay put Kay

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on April 2, 2012 at 9:17am

Ditto on the banana's Gladys  LOL 

I always put them in the freezer fully intending on making bread... but rarely do so they usually end up in the compost after all. :) 

I had to wrangle my worms again this morning.  Yesterday there were a lot of flies in the bin so I put about an inch of soil on top and then moistened it. I guess in doing so I took down the salt line fence.  

Comment by Gladys Hutson -NC7b on April 2, 2012 at 8:29am

Yes, mine are red wigglers.  I feed them a lot of coffee grounds and the real mushy stuff at the bottom of my compost container that I keep under my sink.  I like the idea of the frozen bananas.  It seems like you can never keep a banana from getting over ripe.  Then I freeze them for pancakes and bread, but after a while I get too many and can only eat so much banana bread. 


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